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'X-cruciating': Final X-Men movie 'Dark Phoenix' is getting panned

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Meanwhile, X-Men was also winding down, with Dark Phoenix bringing down the curtain on the story of Prof.

Dark Phoenix begins in 1975. Even by its own metric where in the opening voice over, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) asks who we're meant to be and if we can evolve, the film doesn't really have an answer.

With Jean (Sophie Turner) rapidly losing control over the mysterious Phoenix Force-though the movie never calls it by name- and her tenuous grip on her own sanity slipping, she succumbs to the (honestly, pretty half-hearted) manipulations of Vuk (Jessica Chastain), one of the D'Bari-a race of shape-shifting aliens that are definitely not Skrulls, looking to harness the power of the Phoenix Force for themselves to terraform the Earth and remake their lost homeworld.

Dark Phoenix does have a few elements similar to Civil War. By comparison, Wolverine's had an entire trio of films dedicated to him, and all of the other X-Men movies have revolved around Xavier and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to the point that it's often felt as if filmmakers don't understand that there are other X-Men stories to be told. We meet Jean at age 8, and we discover the very beginnings of her origin story, and how she came to be under the care of Professor X. After losing her parents in a tragic vehicle accident, she comes to live at Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, "movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics". While the X-Men movies have only intermittently included post-credits scenes - most notably Days of Future Past and Apocalypse - they haven't been like the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in terms of end credits surprises.

That storyline has now been made into a standalone film, with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner returning as Grey in the lead role. Let us know in the comment section below. Continuing the recent tradition of setting one "X-Men" film in each of the last four decades of the 20th century, this one takes place in 1992 and starts when Grey bonds with the Phoenix Force after absorbing a solar flare into her body.

X-Men: First Class (2011) - 86%. In Jean, Chastain's mysterious character sees all the potential in the universe and encourages her to give in to the new, destructive desires the young mutant struggles to keep at bay within herself. Then bypass the rest of the prequel series and go straight into the original X-Men trilogy back to back to back. But Jean's transformation feels just as rushed, both within the movie and the broader series. New Mutants notwithstanding, this was the last chance the studio had to create something memorable with these characters we've spent so much time with. All things considered, it's not a bad way to leave things, especially considering that Dark Phoenix is very likely the swan song of the non-MCU X-Franchise as a whole.

Dark Phoenix comes to cinemas June 7.

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