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X-Men: Dark Phoenix: Every Update You Need To Know

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix marks the directorial debut of Simon Kinberg, longtime writer in the X-Men film franchise. Set a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, the film stars Sophie Turner's Jean Grey and Tye Sheridan's Cyclops in an adaptation of the classic 'Dark Phoenix Saga'. Franchise leads James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jessica Lawrence are all reprising their popular roles, while Jessica Chastain plays the as-yet-unidentified main villain.

  • Movie Title: X-Men: Dark Phoenix
  • Release Date: February 14, 2019
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Sophie Turner
  • Director: Simon Kinberg
  • Writer: Simon Kinberg

Last Updated December 14th, 2018

The Heroes Cast of X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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X-Men: Apocalypse closed out with a new team of X-Men, still led by James McAvoy's Professor Xavier, Nicholas Hoult's Beast, and Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique. X-Men: Dark Phoenix's plot is focused around Tye Sheridan's Cyclops and Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, with the rest of the new team - including Alexandra Shipp's Storm, Evan Peters's Quicksilver, and Kodi Smit-McPhee's Nightcrawler - all returning. Michael Fassbender will reprise the role of Magneto, the X-Men's ambiguous sometimes ally, apparently reinvented as the ruler of the mutant nation of GenoshaOlivia Munn is also expected to return as Psylocke.

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Jessica Chastain is Playing A Mysterious Main Villain

Jessica Chastain is confirmed as the film's main villain. There were initial reports she was playing Lilandra, Empress of the Shi'ar, but Chastain debunked these rumors on social media. Since then, Fox has kept pretty quiet about her role. The little we know is that she's not from Earth, and she takes "elements of a few different characters from the comics"

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The Skrulls Are Expected To Appear

There are strong rumors that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will see the X-Men encounter the alien race known as the Skrulls. If these rumors are accurate, these shape-shifting  Marvel villains will be making their debut in both the X-Men and MCU universes in 2019. The rights are shared between Fox and Marvel, and Marvel Studios is planning to use the Skrulls in Captain Marvel.

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The Story of X-Men: Dark Phoenix

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is loosely adapted from Chris Claremont and John Byrne's classic "Dark Phoenix Saga." The X-Men: Dark Phoenix official synopsis teases a difficult moral dilemma for the X-Men:

n Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

According to first reports, the plot of X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set in 1992. It's been a decade since X-Men: Apocalypse and the X-Men have been embraced as superheroes. Professor X, who has even been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, is inspired to push his X-Men team into taking on increasingly dangerous and even reckless missions. A mission into space exposes the X-Jet to a solar flare, transforming Jean Grey into the power-hungry force known as the Phoenix.

The comic book story is one of the X-Men's more cosmic adventures, featuring the Dark Phoenix consuming an entire star system, but writer-director Simon Kinberg has insisted that the story needs to be "grounded" and "not too intergalactic." The relationship between Cyclops and Jean Grey will be "a huge part of the emotional core of the movie." There are reports that the film closes with a massive plot twist "that will irrevocably change the course of the franchise." Curiously, Olivia Munn has actually suggested that Dark Phoenix may be "a two-parter ," but there's no official word on that yet.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix's Franchise Connections

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix continues the timeline launched by X-Men: Days of Future Past, and ties to the events depicted in the end of X-Men: Apocalypse. That film served as the "apocalypse," or "unveiling," of the power that lay within Jean Grey. In the film's third act, Jean unleashed her power upon Apocalypse, destroying the evil mutant.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Has Been Delayed For Reshoots

X-Men: Dark Phoenix was originally slated to release on November 2, 2018 before it was pushed back to February 14, 2019, but now it's been delayed even further until June 2019. There are reports that Fox intended to carry out reshoots after screening the film for test audiences. Unfortunately, Sophie Turner was tied up with filming on Game of Thrones, and her schedule couldn't accommodate the reshoots. These reshoots apparently focus on the film's third act, and are expected to cost less than $10 million.

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The Cast Seem Very Confident In X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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The cast of X-Men: Dark Phoenix seem to be remarkably confident in the film. Sophie Turner has promised "a dark, gritty drama" that will "revolutionize" the superhero genre. "We wanted to create a whole new genre of superhero movie," Turner explained. Tye Sheridan has agreed, stressing that Dark Phoenix is "more of a drama versus a superhero film.

There Has Been One Trailer Released for Dark Phoenix

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Marketing for Dark Phoenix hasn't seen a major push just yet, but we do have the first trailer. While it understandably keeps a number of plot details under wraps, it does reveal core elements of the classic Dark Phoenix story in the comics, also sharing a number of similarities with the last live-action movie to adapt the arc, X-Men: The Last Stand.

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There Is No Official Poster For X-Men: Dark Phoenix Yet

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Dark Phoenix Has An Official Poster

A poster featuring Sophie Turner's Jean Gray against a cosmic background has been released. While it is an ensemble movie, the poster seems to indicate it will put much more of a focus on Jean and the Phoenix Force.

Simon Kinberg is Writing and Directing X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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Longtime X-Men writer Simon Kinberg is making his directorial debut with X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The cast has nothing but praise for Kinberg, with Sophie Turner declaring him "one of the best directors I've ever worked with." Jennifer Lawrence confirmed this is the "best experience" she's had working on the X-Men films. "[Kinberg's] been writing these characters for so long and he knows them so deeply," she explained. "I suddenly felt more connected to my character than I ever have been before."

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