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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Has Officially Wrapped Production; Check Out A New Behind-The-Scenes Image

X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg has officially announced that filming has wrapped on the next installment in the X-franchise by sharing a teasing BTS glimpse of a scene being shot. Take a look.





Earlier tonight we found out that Deadpool 2 had wrapped production, and now we have word that another upcoming installment in 20th Century Fox's ongoing X-franchise has also completed principal photography.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg shared the image below to his Instagram account, confirming that cameras have stopped rolling. The pic is a BTS shot from Xavier's School, and although a few characters are visible the background, they're too out of focus to be able to determine their identities.

Many fans were worried when first-time director Kinberg signed on to helm this project, but filming certainly seems to have gone without a hitch. Hopefully an official look at the movie will be released soon so we can get a better idea of what to expect.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to hit theaters November 2, 2018.
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RUMOR: The Skrulls Will Reportedly Make Their Live-Action Debut In X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

Got that pinch of salt ready? A rumor is doing the rounds which claims that Xavier and his mutants will actually be going up against The Skrulls in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.



Fan site Universo X-Men is reporting that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will feature the warlike, shape-shifting alien race known as The Skrulls.

According to their sources, a scene takes place at the United Nations building with the likes of Professor Xavier, Magneto, Jean Grey and Cyclops in attendance to discuss mutant rights. At some point, alien ships launch an attack, taking everyone by surprise.

So, that'll be the Shi’ar Empire.. right? Well, although the actors spotted on set were wearing motion-capture suits, apparently they were clearly identified as Skrulls.

Obviously it's best not to read too much into this yet - although it is worth noting that this same site did previously get some Days of Future Past and Apocalypse details correct. Plus, Jessica Chastain recently revealed that she wasn't actually playing Shi’ar empress Lilandra after all. The Skrull Queen, perhaps?
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Alexandra Shipp Promises That X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Is Faithful To The Comic Books

X-Men: Dark Phoenix star Alexandra Shipp talks here about what we should expect from the Simon Kinberg helmed release and promises that fans will be happy with his take on this beloved comic book tale.



X-Men: Dark Phoenix has finished shooting but not so much as a single official image has been released from the movie. We know that Simon Kinberg has written and directed the X-Men: Apocalypse follow-up but plot details are being kept under wraps and the only real clue we have about what's coming is in the title. Well, unless this is going to be far from a faithful adaptation like X-Men: The Last Stand!

Well, if star Alexandra Shipp is to be believed, it will make good use of the source material and make fans very happy (so here's hoping the tale will take us into outer space even for just a little while).

"As a fan of X-Men, you are going to be very happy," she says, "because I’m a huge fan of X-Men and so is our director, Simon [Kinberg], who’s also writing and executive producing it. He is not letting anything go. It’s very accurate to the comics and he really gives the fans what they’ve been asking for, in my opinion. All I can say is that you’re really going to like it." Here's hoping she's right, eh?

As for what we can expect from Storm, the actress wouldn't reveal much and even refused to confirm or deny the return of Storm's mohawk! "If I ever want to do another X-Men movie in the future I can’t tell you sh*t. (Laughs)" We'll hopefully find out more soon as X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released on November 2nd, 2018. Are you guys excited? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Two Big Reasons Why Jessica Chastain Joined The X-Men Franchise







X-Men: Dark Phoenix has stayed thoroughly shrouded in mystery throughout its development, and one of the most unclear aspects of its story is the role Jessica Chastain will play. I recently talked to Chastain about the nature of her Dark Phoenix character during the press junket for Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game, and while she wouldn't give a definite answer on that, she explained that director Simon Kinberg and the film's handling of its female characters were her two biggest draws to the project. Chastain elaborated:

I'm not gonna say that. What I will say is, I just finished. What I'm really excited about is that there are such incredible female characters in this script, which is a major reason why I wanted to be a part of it. Another major reason is Simon Kinberg, who's a friend of mine and a great writer. It was his directorial debut. We met on The Martian and I was excited to be in his film for that, and I think you'll all be surprised. It's not a typical comic book film, especially in terms of gender.


Partnerships are a big deal in Hollywood, so it seems fairly evident that Jessica Chastain's work with Simon Kinberg on Ridley Scott's The Martian played a role in her decision to sign on for her undisclosed part in Dark Phoenix. The film marks Kinberg's first time behind the camera (which is also the case with Aaron Sorkin on Molly's Game), and it looks like Chastain has nothing but good things to say about their collaboration.


Then there's Jessica Chastain's remarks about the treatment of X-Men: Dark Phoenix's female characters, which seem to promise something new for the comic book genre. Though she's incredibly vague in her description of the film, she seems to promise an emphasis on the female side of the X-Men mythos that we haven't necessarily seen before. That idea makes sense when we consider the fact that Sophie Turner's Jean Grey is arguably the main character in Dark Phoenix (or at least the driving force behind the story).



Not only does that line up with the core thesis of the story, but it shows a willingness to acknowledge changes that are taking place in the world of comic book movies. Wonder Woman crushed at the box office this summer, and other franchises have started to take notice. Between Marvel's development of a Captain Marvel movie, the possibility of an all-female Marvel team-up movie, and Chastain's suggestion that Dark Phoenix will defy the genre's gender conventions, it seems that we can look forward to a nice change of pace in the next few years.


Of course, even with Jessica Chastain's excitement about X-Men: Dark Phoenix, it still doesn't change the fact that we know very little about the overarching plot of this long-awaited adaptation. Early reports related to the film had suggested that she would step into the role of Lilandra, but the actress recently took to social media to debunk those rumors. Dark Phoenix will remain under wraps for the foreseeable future, so we will just have to wait and see what 20th Century Fox is willing to show us over the next year.


Jessica Chastain will join the X-Men franchise when X-Men: Dark Phoenix debuts in theaters next year on November 2, 2018 -- following the April 13, 2018 release of New Mutants, and the June 1, 2018 release of Deadpool 2. Until then, you can catch Chastain in Molly's Game, which opens in theaters on Christmas Day.
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ossible X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Story Details Reveal A Major Jean Grey SPOILER

Some new plot details for X-Men: Dark Phoenix have been revealed and they point to some major ramifications for the team as Jean Grey undergoes her transformation into the Phoenix. Read on for details!




Production on X-Men: Dark Phoenix wrapped over a month ago and with just under a year to go until the movie actually hits theaters on November 11th, we've yet to see so much as a single official image!

When the trailer might be released is hard to say but Fox is clearly handling this one carefully as their X-Men: Apocalypse reveal was met with ridicule due to Oscar Isaac's En Sabah Nur looking pretty awful.

Well, some new plot details have now surfaced via That Hashtag Show and they reveal that we should expect a major character death when Jean Grey finally loses control and goes full on Phoenix. Director Simon Kinberg isn't holding back and will kill off either Mystique, Magneto, Professor X, or Beast (the character's identity isn't specified but I guess it depends on which of them wants out of their contract).

How will it go down? Well, "with her powers out of control, Jean will IMPALE one of the characters mentioned above, unequivocally killing that character." The site promises to reveal more soon but this certainly seems to point to X-Men: Dark Phoenix having some major ramifications for this universe.
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‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ First Look: Jean Grey Sets a Post-‘Apocalypse’ World Ablaze




Out of the ashes of Apocalypse, a phoenix is born.
A first look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been released, along with plot details about Jean Grey’s turn to the dark side. The famous comic book arc was dabbled with in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand with Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, but the soft reboot of First Class has allowed the X-Men universe to have another go at the acclaimed X-Men storyline, with the new Jean, played by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, at the center of it all.

The famous Dark Phoenix saga follows the powerful telepath Jean Grey as she is overtaken by a formidable dark force that unleashes her telepathic and telekinetic potential, but threatens to destroy her persona in the process. It’s one of the most famous X-Men comic book runs of all time, originally published in 1976-1977, and sent ripples throughout the Marvel universe. As a screenwriter, X-Men franchise mainstay Simon Kinberg had tried to introduce the Dark Phoenix arc in X-Men: The Last Stand, but was thwarted by studio interference and a tragic Wolverine-Jean Grey romance. It was a pale imitation.
Now nearly 10 years after Last Stand and well into the golden age of superhero movies, X-Men is having its second try at the Dark Phoenix saga with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Kinberg’s directorial debut. “[The film] was so clear in my head, emotionally and visually, that it would have killed me to hand this to somebody else to direct,” Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly.
EW has the first look at Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix:

It’s…lit.
In all seriousness, the Dark Phoenix first look is pretty nondescript, with a nude Sophie Turner rocking fiery locks and showing cracks of flame in her skin. This likely shows Jean Grey during her first transformation into Dark Phoenix, because I can’t imagine Turner walking around nearly nude throughout the entire film (though they did that with Mystique, so what do I know).
What’s more interesting are the revelation of the plot details, from EW:
Set in 1992, about 10 years after the events of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix opens with the X-Men, including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), in a new, unexpected role: national heroes. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) even lands on the cover of Time magazine. But his growing ego puts the team at risk. “Pride is starting to get the better of him, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions,” Kinberg says. After they’re dispatched to space for a rescue mission, a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean (Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner)— the Phoenix.
The story draws heavily from the “Phoenix Saga” arc in Uncanny X-Men by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and John Byrne, which introduced the Dark Phoenix persona through Jean Grey’s outer-space encounter with a deadly solar flare. The film will delve into the destruction that Dark Phoenix wreaks upon both Earth and Jean Grey’s relationship with her fellow X-Men and beloved mentor Charles Xavier.
“This is probably the most emotional X-Men we’ve done and the most pathos-driven,” McAvoy told EW. “There’s a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering.”
“It’s about the butterfly effect of this thing happening,” Turner adds. The actress studied schizophrenia and multiple personality disorders to prepare for the part. “What happens when the person you love the most falls into darkness?”
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First ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Images Reveal Jessica Chastain and a New Look for Mystique




Hot on the heels of the first details regarding the upcoming sequel X-Men: Dark Phoenix hitting this morning comes the very first images from the film. Writer/producer Simon Kinberg, a longtime staple of the X-Men franchise, steps into the director’s chair for the first time on this film, revealing to EW that it was Jennifer Lawrence who most pushed him to make the jump to directing. Kinberg also wrote the script, and this follow-up adapts the famous Dark Phoenix Saga comics arc, which Kinberg first took a crack at in X-Men: The Last Stand.
This time around, however, Kinberg appears to have more creative freedom, as the film ventures to space within its opening minutes. There, Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey is hit by a solar flare that awakens the Phoenix and ignites a conflict that plays out through the rest of the movie. A “major twist” occurs halfway through the film, and indeed here we see a funeral attended by Charles (James McAvoy), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPHee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp), so who dies? My bet is on either Lawrence’s Mystique or Nicholas Hoult’s Beast, both of whom would have a major impact given that they’ve been with the franchise since X-Men: First Class, as opposed to killing off some newish character audiences aren’t exactly attached to just yet.
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Additionally, that would be an easy out. It was something of a surprise that Lawrence, McAvoy, Fassbender, and Hoult all returned for Dark Phoenix, since their contracts expired after Apocalypse. But if one or more of these incredibly busy actors signed a contract to return for just one more X-Men movie, that might make sense.
These first images also reveal Jessica Chastain’s villain, and while initial reports pegged her as playing Lilandra, EW doesn’t reveal her character’s name and only says she plays “an otherworldly shapeshifter.” That would kind of describe Lilandra, who also plays a major part in the Dark Phoenix comics arc, and Chastain says she drew inspiration from an unlikely source:
“Simon and I were talking about the character and I said, ‘I keep thinking of the vet who tells you you need to put your dog down,'” says the actress of her inspiration. “There’s something very clinical about it.”
That dog, one imagines, is Jean Grey/Phoenix, and Chastain’s character likely advocates killing her entirely rather than trying to bring Jean Grey back. Kinberg also reveals in the cover story that he asked for a longer post-production period than usual to “deliver on the nuance of the visual effects,” which is great news.
Check out more X-Men: Dark Phoenix images below via EW. The film also stars Michael Fassbender and Evan Peters and opens in theaters on November 2, 2018.

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How 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Fits Into Continuity Confirmed





This will be 20th Century Fox's second try at translating the Phoenix Saga to film, which leaves fans curious as to where it sits in the official timeline of X-Men films.
That wouldn't typically be a big mystery, but the X-Men movies have hopped around a bit in the timeline, with one of the films rewriting parts of the timeline entirely. EW revealed that Dark Phoenix takes place in 1992, a full 10 years after X-Men: Apocalypse. That means it is now before the events of the original X-Men, a change instituted by X-Men: Days of Future Past.


So, for those keeping track, the timeline goes X-Men: First Class (1962), X-Men: Days of Future Past (1973), X-Men: Origins: Wolverine (1981), X-Men: Apocalypse (1983), Dark Phoenix (1992), X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), The Wolverine (2013), Deadpool (2016), The New Mutants (201, Deadpool 2 (201, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2023), and Logan (2029).




Originally Dark Phoenix showed up in X-Men: The Last Stand, which ended in Jean Grey's death at the hands of Wolverine. Unfortunately, that wasn't the only plotline of the film and ended up mashed up with a mutant cure plot thread that dominated big parts of the movie. Fans didn't react too well to that, so it was subsequently rewritten in Days of Future Past.
Thanks to Wolverine's trip back in time, the events of X-Men: The Last Stand were essentially wiped from existence, which meant that Cyclps, Professor X, and Story didn't die, and neither did Jean Grey. It also meant the Phoenix saga in that film never existed, so Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg has free reign to tell the story the way it was meant to be told.
This will be Simon Kinberg's directorial debut, but he has extensive experience with the X-Men franchise and wanted to get another chance to do the Phoenix saga right on the big screen. The first images have already started showing up, and the plot details released so far are minimal but seem promising.
Hopefully, the second time is truly the charm, as no one wants to have to try it again for the third time.
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Jessica Chastain And Simon Kinberg Shed Some Light On X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX's Mysterious Shapeshifting Villain

We all thought that Jessica Chastain had been cast as Lilandra in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, but she's actually a shapeshifting villain. Now, both she and director Simon Kinberg shed some light on the character.


In what may very well be a race to get to the Skrulls before Marvel Studios do in Captain Marvel, the lead villain of X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be a shapeshifting alien played by Jessica Chastain. The character's name hasn't been revealed and even the actress says that, "I don’t know what I can describe about this character without giving everything away." So, what will she be up to here?

"Her character is way way smarter than we are," says director Simon Kinberg. "What she realizes is she can use [Jean Grey] to manipulate this world, to turn it against itself." For Chastain, the biggest draw was getting to play someone unlike those we've seen in other superhero movies. "I was really excited for him to have his directorial debut and also it was the script. I’ve always wanted to do a big comic book franchise-y film but I had some issues with the female characters in the films I was being offered. I was really pleased with this script because I think it’s a departure from the norm."


Her plan doesn't exactly sound like anything we haven't seen before but the signs do seem to be pointing to a very unique performance from the actress when she takes on the role of this alien.

"Simon and I first sat down in Montreal and we were talking about the character and I said ‘I don’t know if this is right but I keep thinking of the vet who tells you you need to put your dog down. There’s something very clinical about it.’ He loved it and we kind of expanded the character from there." Who do you think she could be playing in X-Men: Dark Phoenix? Sound off down below.
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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Director Simon Kinberg Confirms The Film Will Take Us To The Mutant Island Of Genosha

Based on all the X-Men: Dark Phoenix news we've received, it sounds like this chapter may be the most comic book-y of all the X-Men films and now, we have confirmation that we're heading to Genosha!





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Simon Kinberg, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, has confirmed that the X-Men are finally heading to the mutant island of Genosha.

The mutant safe haven, led by Magneto (Michael Fassbender), will make its live-action debut in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix. This is actually the setting where we'll find Erik at the beginning of the film as he's building a new life for himself and his fellow mutants. "He’s set up this place for mutants that don’t have a home to go to and they can seek refuge there, They have to work as a community but it’s a safe place for them and they’ll be accepted. It’s the mutant homeland."

However, while Erik has seemingly left his days of butting heads with Charles Xavier behind, it sounds like he'll be pulled right back into the thick of the action when he gets an unexpected visit from one of the Xavier's star pupils: Jean Grey, who arrives seeking Erik's help, but there may be a little something more nefarious to her visit than initially meets the eye. Fassbender teases, “There’s a suspicion there on his part when she arrives.

So, what do you guys think? Sound off with your thoughts below!
Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
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New Details On Cyclops' Role In X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX; It Sounds Like Scott Summers Will Finally Become A Leader

Cyclops' role in X-Men: The Last Stand was a major disappointment but X-Men: Dark Phoenix's take on the Dark Phoenix Saga looks set to make up for that based on new comments from Simon Kinberg...




In the comic books, Scott Summers played a pivotal role in the Dark Phoenix Saga but that most definitely wasn't the case in X-Men: The Last Stand when Cyclops was unceremoniously killed off by Jean Grey off camera. Well, the signs are now pointing to director Simon Kinberg making up for past mistakes as he's said in a new interview that Scott will have a huge part in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.


Kinberg says "that relationship, his being willing to kill or die for [Jean Grey], is a huge part of the emotional core of the movie. It also makes Scott start to have to become a leader." That's something fans have desperately wanted to see for a while now and the hero stepping up to lead the X-Men as he tries to save Jean will definitely help get sceptical fans on board with how this movie plays out.

Entertainment Weekly adds that Cyclops is "the one mutant who never wavers from Team Jean" in X-Men: Dark Phoenix and with so much being said about Professor X's arrogance and the fact he attempts to hide Jean's powers from her, it's easy to imagine Scott wresting control of the team from him, especially if that big twist is going to involve the death of Mystique! We'll have to wait and see
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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Will Focus Largely On The "X-Women" Of The Franchise

Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawerence, and Jessica Chastain will be front-and-center in an X-Men: Dark Phoenix film that "definitely" passes the Bechdel test and focuses on the females of the mutant franchise.




We recently got our first look at Fox's upcoming film X-Men: Dark Phoenix courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, and now we finally have some details to go along with those images. Writer/director Simon Kinberg recently spoke to the magazine about mistakes they've made on past X-Men films. With X-Men: The Last Stand in particular, the studio attempted to tell the Jean Grey/Phoenix story, but made her a supporting character. Fox's Dark Phoenix will attempt to correct that by not just putting Sophie Turner's Jean Grey front and center, but also focusing largely on the other female mutants in the franchise. “I really wanted to acknowledge the strength of the women in the comic and in the actresses that we have and the central storyline demands it,” Kinberg explained.
In the past, the X-Men films could be accused of being a bit male-dominant, despite a number of strong female characters in the franchise. It seems Dark Phoenix will finally gives these females the spotlight they deserve. The publication notes: "At one point in Phoenix, Mystique actually jokes to Charles that the group should be renamed the “X-Women” due to how often the female characters save the male ones"
Adding a bit more context to the film, Sophie Turner, who plays Jean Grey, said, “It’s really exciting. I think there’s such a revolution in superhero movies. I feel like this movie is a revelation because of it being like a drama but the hero is a female and she’s also the villain. It really is about her relationships with the females in the film, especially Jessica Chastain’s character. It’s really interesting to have those two characters be kind of the two biggest characters in the movie and both be female and so layered and so complex.”
Although we have seen an image of Jessica Chastain's character in Dark Phoenix, there's still plenty of mystery surrounding her. The character, confirmed as a shapeshifting alien, has been described as "way, way smarter than we are."
Speaking to EW, Chastain revealed it was the female-dominated script that drew her to the film. “I’ve always wanted to do a big comic book franchise-y film but I had some issues with the female characters in the films I was being offered,” said Chastain, who has been very vocal about female representation in the film. “I was really pleased with this script because I think it’s a departure from the norm. This definitely passes the Bechdel test and I don’t know how many comic book films can say that.”
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Fan Theory Predicts Onslaught Appearance





X-Men: Dark Phoenix is going to be a game-changing chapter of the X-Men movie franchise, arriving at a time when the franchise itself may be headed for drastic changes, thanks to a deal in the works between Fox and Disney. However, with there still being so much about Dark Phoenix we don't know, there could be some real twists and surprises that are game-changers in and of themselves.
One theory (posted over at Screen Rant) now predicts that there could even be one or two more iconic X-Men villains that could be making a debut in X-Men: Dark Phoenix - with the biggest shocker being a potential appearance by Onslaught!
So who is Onslaught? Well, he's a "psionic entity" (i.e., a being made purely of psychic energy) who was created by a violent merging of minds, after Professor Xavier forcibly wiped Magneto's mind, leaving him in a vegetative state. That act left some of Magneto's psyche imprinted on Xavier's subconscious, and that merging grew into a third personality, called Onslaught. Onslaught secretly terrorized the X-Men universe for an entire year before anyone figured out his identity, leading to a battle with the X-Men, Avengers, and entire Marvel Universe.
Onslaught started with the powers of both Professor X and Magneto, eventually adding the reality-altering powers of young Franklin Richards (son of Fantastic Four's Reed Richards and Sue Storm), and the all-powerful psychic abilities of Nate Grey, an alt-universe version of Cable. He's as powerful a villain as they come, and the nature of his origin and storyline would be a timely fit for X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
How Onslaught Could Fit Into X-Men: Dark Phoenix
We know that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will re-shape the classic Marvel Comics storyline into a tale of how Jean Grey becomes of the Phoenix during one of the X-Men's increasingly dangerous missions as world heroes. It's stated that the reason for the X-Men's heroic campaign is the "growing ego" of Charles Xavier, which pushes the team into the tragedy that unleashes Jean's Phoenix powers.
The particular wording is something fans have seized on, predicting that Charles' "growing ego" could be a foreshadow of how Dark Phoenix sets the stage for his transformation into Onslaught. In the comics, it's Charles' hubris in playing god with Magneto's life that created the devil Onslaught; in the movies, however, we could take a much different path to the same destination.
There's been a very grim death teased for Dark Phoenix, and a first-look photo hints at that death occurring, with rumor suggesting that it will be one of the four remaining original characters from the First Class continuity (Xavier, Magneto, Beast, Mystique). Since Xavier is in the photo, we can rule him out - and since Beast is seemingly in it too, there's reason to believe that Mystique and Magneto are the ones with their heads on the chopping block.
Our best guess is that it could be Michael Fassbender's Magneto who dies, after trying (and failing) to corral Jean's Phoenix power. That death would open the door for a big twist on the Onslaught origin: instead of using his power to wipe out his friend's mind, Charles could use his gift to house some of Erik's psyche, before his friend's physical body died. That would lead to a third act where the Charles/Erik hybrid manifests power that could rival Dark Phoenix, in the sort of climatic battle you would expect in an X-Men movie. It wouldn't be the version of Onslaught from the comics, but it would be the sort of (superficial) adaptation that Fox's X-Men movies have been known for.
If that sounds like another opportunity for the franchise to squander, then maybe you'll feel better about how Onslaught could be the key to something that Marvel fans have been waiting for, all along...
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New X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Stills Tease Romance, The Skrulls, And A Major Character Death

A new batch of images from the latest issue of Empire feature a fresh look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, including Jessica Chastain's mysterious villain, romance for Cyclops, and a potentially huge twist...




News of the merger between Disney and Fox has led to a lot of speculation that X-Men: Dark Phoenix could be scrapped. However, as the deal will take 12 - 18 months to finalise, it's currently business as usual at Fox and that means this Marvel Comics adaptation is happening (whether you like it or not).

Now, thanks to Empire Magazine, a new batch of images have surfaced which provide an amazing look at Sophie Turner as the Phoenix as well as great shots of Scott Summers and Jean Grey, Jessica Chastain's Skrull villain confronting a downed Charles Xavier, and even the possible death of a franchise favourite (that could be the big twist director Simon Kinberg has mentioned in recent interviews).

To see the full gallery of stills, simply click on either one of the buttons below. Are you excited to check out X-Men: Dark Phoenix? Be sure to let us know your thoughts on that in the comments section.



An awesome new shot of Sophie Turner as the Phoenix, it's now become apparent that this version of the character will seemingly look like this throughout as opposed to having a physical costume!



The romance between Cyclops and Jean Grey is one of the most beloved in comic book history and this image makes it clear that things will be heating up with these members of the X-Men.



Oh dear, things are looking bleak for Magneto here! We know that a lot of the cast is interested in moving on from the franchise and killing this fan-favourite would definitely shake things up.



Charles Xavier looks terrified here as he comes face to face with the mysterious villain being played by Jessica Chastain. It was recently confirmed that she's a shapeshifting alien (so, a Skrull).
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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Star Sophie Turner Praises Director Simon Kinberg; Film Won't Go Too Cosmic

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, X-Men: Dark Phoenix star Sophie Turner had some high praise for Simon Kinberg, who is taking up the reins as director after years of writing and producing.




With Bryan Singer unable to return to direct the next installment of the X-Men franchise, it was unexpected (to say the least) that writer and producer Simon Kinberg stepped up to fill his shoes for X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The film will be Kinberg's directorial debut, after contributing significantly to superhero films such as X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fant4stic, and X-Men: Apocalypse.

While his track record on the X-Men films has been shaky at best, Dark Phoenix star Sophie Turner seems to have the utmost faith in Kinberg. Speaking to Empire Magazine (via CBR), Turner praised Kinberg as the best director she's ever worked with. “Simon has been the brain behind X-Men for years, and it’s really exciting to have what feels like one of our own rise up and take hold of the franchise, and direct it in the way that he sees it,” Turner said. “I have to say he’s one of the best director I’ve ever worked with. He’s so passionate and collaborative.”

Turner went on to describe the film as a “dark, gritty drama,” adding that the aim of the movie is to make a unique impact in the superhero genre. “We are revolutionizing it. We wanted to create a whole new genre of superhero movie.” According to the magazine, Dark Phoenix will take place in 1993 (ten years after Apocalypse), and that Jean's powers will have reached such a godlike state that they develop a separate personality within Jean (sound familiar?). It's also revealed by Empire that while "The X-Men go cosmic," the film won't be the interstellar caper that many were probably hoping for, but a very "personal" story.

"Once I got the script though, I realized that not only were we telling this amazing superhero story, but we were also telling a very personal story as well," Turner said. "One which required research into mental health issues. Because that is a big part of what drives the story. I mainly drew inspiration from multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia, as it is really about duality, this movie. Darkness and light - that's all within her. This sense of being a completely other person and her struggling with that."
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The Name Of Jessica Chastain's Mysterious X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Villain Has Been Revealed

We still know very little about the character being played by Jessica Chastain in X-Men: Dark Phoenix but some officially released stills from Fox seemingly confirm the name of who she will be playing.


Last year, EW debuted the first images from X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Fox has finally released them without watermarks. You can check those out in the gallery below if you fancy refreshing your memory but with these comes a very interesting reveal about Jessica Chastain's mysterious villain. Apparently, her name is "Smith" but what does that tell us about the character who is said to be a shapeshifter?

Not much and there's a very good chance this moniker is being used to hide her true identity. It's widely believed that she'll be masquerading as a government agent of some sort so if Simon Kinberg has decided to call her "Agent Smith," it's fair to say that was a rather lazy decision on his part!

Looking at the comics, the only Smith associated with the X-Men appears to be Tabitha Smith, a character who has been referred to as Time Bomb, Boom-Boom, Boomer, and Meltdown over the years. Then, there's the Agent Smith from Deadpool who the Merc with the Mouth murdered after escaping from the facility which turned him into Deadpool. Chances are Chastain has no ties to either.
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EDITORIAL: Fox And Disney Deal Puts X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX In An Awkward Spot

With X-Men: Dark Phoenix coming out this November, it looks like Fox might be setting up a new trilogy of X-Men films. However, Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox might throw a wrench in these plans...




Fox has been making X-Men movies for a long time—even before superhero movies became cool again. Now with Disney purchasing 21st Century Fox, this run of films may be coming to an end. Eighteen years after the mutants made their first cinematic appearance, we’ll see what could be the final installment in this time-bending series this fall when X-Men: Dark Phoenix is released.

The film will attempt to be a version of The Dark Phoenix Saga that does the source material justice, unlike the studio’s first attempt. This is a pretty intriguing concept, and with a young lineup of mutants that made the most of their screen time in X-Men: Apocalypse, the film could potentially be pretty good.

However, there are also some concerns. Mainly, director Simon Kinberg has never helmed a feature film before despite producing every X-Men film since First Class. Kinberg also co-wrote the much maligned X-Men: The Last Stand, and while he is likely determined to get the source material right this time, this is still a bit of a strange situation.

What will be even stranger is the situation Marvel Studios will find itself in if the film if a hit. While there is no official confirmation of this, many have speculated that the X-Men will be rebooted to fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the coming years. If audiences love Dark Phoenix, then Fox will want to make a sequel that continues the story.



The Dark Phoenix Saga is a pretty large-scale storyline that would dramatically change the landscape of the X-Men if it is adapted properly. While the movie will reportedly be toning down the cosmic aspects of the story, a Dark Phoenix movie would still have major ramifications on the series.

When Jean Grey becomes Dark Phoenix in the comics, she is an all-powerful destructive force that would be bigger than any character the X-Men films have previously introduced. The storyline ends with deeply personal consequences that would be difficult to follow up.

This makes Dark Phoenix a logical ending for Fox’s current string of X-Men films. However, since Kinberg likely plotted out the story before a Fox-Disney deal was a significant possibility, the plan likely involves making another sequel after this. After all, the franchise has softly rebooted itself a few times now, with the end of Apocalypse seemingly hinting at many adventures to come for Quicksilver, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler and Storm.

Since the franchise is set up for a series of movies with this younger lineup of X-Men, will audiences want to see Marvel Studios introduce an entirely new young lineup of X-Men set in a different continuity a few years from now? We’ll have to wait and see, but unless Dark Phoenix ends up being the final chapter in this long-running saga of films, it seems like Fox has set itself up for a series that will never come to fruition.
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X-Men Writer Compares Dark Phoenix To Casino Royale













Famed comic book writer Chris Claremont has compared Simon Kinberg’s movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix to 2006’s acclaimed James Bond film Casino Royale.
Focussing on Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey as she embraces the violence of her power within, Dark Phoenix will serve as the seventh “main” X-Men movie and a direct sequel to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Featuring an all-star cast of established favorites like James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, the new blood in Dark Phoenix includes Jessica Chastain as the mysterious Smith. However, is it too little too late to save the series, or will the next entry be a phoenix rising from the ashes? Well, Claremont is one man who certainly seems to think the mutants will return to form later this year.

Already a savior of the X-Men, Claremont took over writing duties on the comics in the mid-1970s and gave us some of the best-loved storylines to ever come from Xavier’s mansion. After already seeing his ‘Days of Future Past’ run turned into the movie of the same name, Claremont is now looking ahead at the second adaptation of ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’ with a sense of irony. Speaking to Screen Crush while promoting the documentary Chris Claremont’s X-Men, he shared his views on the next chapter in the X-Men movies:
“It’s isn’t like they didn’t make more than one version of Casino Royale.”


Claremont is referring here to the maligned 1967 version of Casino Royale, which starred David Niven as 007 and isn’t really thought of as a James Bond movie at all. In his analogy, that would make Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand the campy ’60s version and Dark Phoenix Martin Campbell’s gritty 2006 upgrade:
“Well, I think that’s a perfectly accurate paradigm; the second Dark Phoenix will have as powerful an impact on the comic-book film world as the second Casino Royale had on the James Bond film world. I figure you could do a whole lot worse than that.”



Given that Claremont created some of the most beloved female X-Men like Mystique, Rogue, Emma Frost, and Psylocke, it is no wonder he is hyping up the female X-Men driven Dark Phoenix. Also, as the man who wrote ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’ (which this movie will be based on), it is no wonder he is investing himself so heavily in the movie.
Cambell’s Casino Royale was a breath of fresh air to a rather stagnant franchise and effectively rebooted the James Bond movies with a darker take on Ian Fleming’s books. We have already seen Matthew Vaughn do this with the X-Men thanks to First Class in 2011, so how will Dark Phoenix raise the bar this time? Kinberg’s movie certainly has an uphill struggle, with many fans still unable to escape the disappointment of Apocalypse and its equally average box office takings.
Given that Dark Phoenix is returning with the same cast and retelling the ‘Dark Phoenix Saga’ again after The Animated Series and The Last Stand, it is easy to see why some are a little tired with the current run of Xavier’s gifted youngsters. Also, with the fate of the X-Men now up in the air thanks to the Fox/Disney buyout, Dark Phoenix could amount to little more than a series swansong for the First Class cast. That being said, if Claremont himself likes what Kinberg has done with the material, there must be some good to come from X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Set Photo Gives Us A First Look At The Team In Their New Comic-Accurate Costumes

A new image from the set of X-Men: Dark Phoenix has found its way online, and it provides us with a first glimpse of the the younger team members suited-up in their updated costumes. Check it out...




Right at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, we got a shot of the new team of mutants suited-up in more comic-accurate outfits than we'd seen them sport in previous films, but it looks like their costumes for Dark Phoenix are going down an even more fan-friendly route.


A new photo from the set (via Xavier Files on Twitter) gives us a distant look at Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) in their redesigned costumes, and they should be very familiar to fans of Frank Quietly and Grant Morrison's New X-Men!

There are also several other characters in the foreground with their backs to us (the bald one could well be Charles Xavier), wearing what appear to be red hazmat-type suits.

So, what do you guys think? Do these outfits earn the movie the benefit of the doubt?

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to be released in theaters on November 2nd, 2018.

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'X-Men: Dark Phoenix': Tye Sheridan Says Jean Grey Goes Crazy



Tye Sheridan is at SXSW promoting his new films Ready Player One and Friday’s Child, but he’ll appear later this year as Scott Summers, Cyclops of the X-Men, in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Sheridan says the film is not your typical superhero fare.

Speaking to The Wrap, Sheridan said X-Men: Dark Phoenix is more of a drama than a superhero movie.


“Jean goes crazy in the movie,” Sheridan says. “Well, Cyclops doesn’t think she’s going crazy; Cyclops just thinks she’s gotta work some stuff out. It’s interesting, the drama in the movie. We treated this movie as much more of a drama versus a superhero film.”

Sheridan’s co-star Sophie Turner, who plays Jean Grey, has made similar comments in the past, saying that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be a genre-defying film.

“We are revolutionizing it. We wanted to create a whole new genre of superhero movie,” Turner told Empire, adding that the film is a "dark, gritty drama.”

She continued, “[Director Simon Kinberg] has been the brain behind X-Men for years, and it’s really exciting to have what feels like one of our own rise up and take hold of the franchise and direct it in the way that he sees it. I have to say he’s one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with. He’s so passionate and collaborative.”


Sheridan and Turner both became a part of the X-Men movies cast in X-Men: Apocalypse, where they both debuted as young versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey, two of Marvel’s best-known mutants. When Cyclops and Jean suit up again later this year, it looks like they’ll have some new costumes, as revealed by photos from the X-Men: Dark Phoenix set.



X-Men: Dark Phoenix opens in theaters on November 2nd. Other upcoming X-Men movies include Deadpool 2 on May 18th, The New Mutants on February 22, 2019, and Gambit on June 7, 2019. That should just be the start though since Fox is planning to release three X-Men movies a year for the next several years.
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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Delayed Until 2019

Disney's acquisition of Fox is expected to be completed by mid-2019 at the latest and based on the newly announced release dates for X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants, there's a very good chance that deal will have gone through by the time they reach theaters. Originally set for release on November 2nd, 2018, Simon Kinberg's X-Men: Dark Phoenix is now slated for February 14th, 2019.

That's a pretty significant delay and could be down to the fact that the movie reportedly makes use of a great deal of VFX. There could be any number of reasons for this release date change, including issues with the finished product or Fox being more confident with a February debut for the Marvel movie.
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix is going to see some considerable changes before its release, as sources tell ComicBook.com the Simon Kinberg-directed film is in need of multiple weeks worth of reshoots to change significant story points in the film.
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RUMOR: The Reason X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Has Been Delayed May Have Been Revealed And It's Not Good




Earlier today, we learned that X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants have been delayed but what's the reason for the change? It probably won't surprise you but you can find out more after the jump...

The New Mutants has already been pushed back to 2019 and it was revealed earlier today that not only is it coming even later than expected but X-Men: Dark Phoenix is going to join it next year too. So, what's up with the delay? Well, it's now being reported that after testing the movie, Fox has decided to order weeks of reshoots in what must be a sign that the movie hasn't been particularly well-received.

It is, of course, possible that these could be harmless enough but every movie undergoes reshoots and it's pretty much unheard of for a blockbuster to be delayed because of them (that hasn't even happened to Solo: A Star Wars Story). As for The New Mutants, that too is now undergoing even more significant reshoots to "add a few new characters to round out the movie, as well as make it scarier, overhauling the majority of the film." Clearly, Fox execs weren't at all happy with that first cut.

So, this really isn't good news for either project and you have to believe that both movies are going to end up disappointing unless these reshoots are able to completely turn things around. Still, with Disney in the process of acquiring 20th Century Fox, it won't be long until the Fantastic Four and X-Men are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants a distant memory...
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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Reshoots Said To Revolve Around The Third Act; Will Reportedly Cost Less Than $10 Million





It appears as though those X-Men: Dark Phoenixreshoots may not be as extensive as previously reported. According to a new report, the reshoots will primarily focus on strengthening the third act.


Following a pair of reports from yesterday, a far more substantiated report has been released by The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix reshoots will actually only focus on reworking the film's third act.

According to their sources, the movie wrapped under-budget last fall and has already completed a decent amount of post-production work. However, it appears as though first-time director Simon Kinberg and the studio were less-than-satisfied with the film's final act and realized it needed some serious reworking, hence the reshoots. With their stars' schedules already booked for a majority of the year, the studio decided it would be in everyone's best interest to move the film back three months rather than rush an unfinished product into theaters this November (see: Justice League).

The additional photography, which is expected to take place sometime in late summer/early fall with new script pages from Kinberg, will reportedly cost around $10 million to complete, which seemingly suggests that they'll be mostly filming new dialogue and/or some of the less-demanding action beats rather than anything CGI-heavy or introducing a new character - something that was rumored in one of yesterday's reports.

THR also says that the studio had been debating moving the film for several weeks now due to competition from Disney's Nutcracker and the Four Realms on November 2nd, but had yet to pull the trigger until now. Their new Valentine's Day date will allow the film to open during a weekend that has been very fruitful to action features in recent years, including Deadpool in 2016, John Wick: Chapter 2in 2017, and Black Panther earlier this year. It also essentially guarantees Dark Phoenix an uninterrupted box office run until Captain Marvel opens on March 8.

So, what do you guys think? Sound off with your thoughts below!
Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix features:
Director: Simon Kinberg
James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme/Mystique
Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast
Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops
Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix
Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe/Storm
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler
Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver
Olivia Munn as Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke
Jessica Chastain in an undisclosed role
Daniel Cudmore in an undisclosed role
Lamar Johnson in an undisclosed role
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