Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg revealed he thinks there’s one other X-Men movie plotline that should be redone. Kinberg, of course, is no stranger to redoing X-Men stories. The writer-director previously penned the script for X-Men: The Last Stand, which featured the Dark Phoenix story as a subplot rather than the main focus - a move that Kinberg later said he regretted. Dark Phoenix, which is Kinberg’s directing debut, is his chance to redress that.
For X-Men fans, Dark Phoenix is a monumental film in more ways than one. Not only does the movie mark the end of the X-Men prequel series that began back in 2011 with X-Men: First Class, it’s also the final 20th Century Fox X-Men movie since Disney’s recent acquisition of Fox assets means the mutant heroes are firmly back in the hands of Marvel. It’s the end of an era, but judging by Kinberg’s comments, there’s a certain story from that X-Men era that should be done better.
In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, the director stated he’d like to see the Weapon X storyline redone in some way. Kinberg said:
I think the other storylines in the mainline X-Men movies were told well. I think, in terms of other X-Men films or the spin-offs, maybe the Weapon X story could be told again. Jim Mangold did such an extraordinary job with Logan and I loved it. I don't know how you would do it to like go backward, I don't think you could do it with Hugh, but I do think that there's something in the Weapon X story that would be cool to see.
For those in need of a recap, the Weapon X story arc focused on how Logan became Wolverine after he was kidnapped by the shady, titular government agency and subjected him to the adamantium bonding process - although the full history of Weapon X goes much deeper. Weapon X has of course already featured in X-Men spinoffs including Deadpool, Logan and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, although the less said about the latter the better. Weapon X also featured in mainline movies including X-Men: Apocalypse, but a movie with more of a focus on the government agency could be interesting.
As Kinberg points out, one major hurdle in any Weapon X story that might feature in a future film is the fact that Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman hung up his adamantium claws after filming Logan. Given that Weapon X is so intrinsically linked with the character of Wolverine, that presents a few problems, but that doesn’t mean a Weapon X movie couldn’t work without him. There are plenty of potential X-Men projects at Marvel Studios that could feature a Weapon X story and there’s always the likelihood that the character of Wolverine will be recast for the MCU, which could leave the door wide open for a movie that explores Wolverine and Weapon X more closely.
The real question is, if the Weapon X story is told again then who is the man or woman for the job? Perhaps the Dark Phoenix director is nominating himself.
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020