Dark Phoenix Cast on the X-Men Movies and Characters
Jun 06 2019
In Dark Phoenix, opening in theaters on June 7th, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. Granted, Wolverine is almost two centuries old in the modern day X-Men universe, so age will always be an issue with any woman he gets romantically involved with, but since visually it's more noticeable between Jackman and Turner, Kinberg and the creative team chose to set that element of the original story aside. During the rescue mission, Jean is hit with a cosmic force, but manages to survive and become more powerful as a result.
The film begins with a prologue showing that a young Jean Grey, whose mutant powers of telepathy and telekinesis were emerging, accidentally killed her parents in a vehicle crash.
You can check out the first character poster featuring Sophie Turner's Jean Grey below and click "Next" to scroll through the gallery. However, she was taken in by the kindly Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), who assured her that they could fix what was broken and she was not broken. Nothing wrong with repeating the idea, since the saga was not utilised well in The Last Stand, and Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg wants to rectify this through his movie.
Dark Phoenix recreates a couple of scenes from X-Men: The Last Stand. But coming out of "Dark Phoenix", a lame do-over of the "Apocalypse" movie three years ago, you're reminded that not all superhero franchises are created equal. Their leader, Vuk, played by Jessica Chastain as if she had no pigment in her skin or hair, goes Palpatine on Jean, trying to talk her over to the dark side. The X-Men are viewed as superheroes.
I mean, whatever with the "X-Men" movies. And for the life of me, I don't understand how this line could be put in this movie unless the filmmakers had all just kind of given up, because it's impossible not to interpret it as a kind of breaking the fourth wall meta-commentary about the proceedings held forth in front of us. Dark Phoenix isn't weird, or interesting, nor does it save the franchise's reputation after the disastrous Apocalypse. The D'Bari Empire, led by Yuk (Jessica Chastain), are also chasing them because of the Phoenix force that now resides in Jean following their time in space. His new version of this story is more faithful to the comics than his first one, but the problems with The Last Stand (which was directed by Brett Ratner) always had less to do with fidelity than the size of the canvas the creators' had to work with.
Dark Phoenix is the ninth film in the series of Marvel comic book films that is the seventh highest-grossing film series ever, having grossed over $5.7 billion worldwide.
The Associated Press called Dark Phoenix "rushed". Even in the cruddiest X-Men movies, there's usually at least one or two fun sequences where the mutants show off their powers. A fresh screen take on Xavier emerges, arrogant and wide open to criticism from, especially, Jennifer Lawrence's righteous Raven/Mystique. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the X-Men.