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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

UPDATE:

My Entertainment World has published a synopsis for the next X-Men film that puts a ding in my wild little theory at the end of this original post:

“Gathered together by Professor Charles Xavier to protect a world that fears and hates them, the X-Men had fought many battles, been on adventures that spanned galaxies, grappled enemies of limitless might, but none of this could prepare them for the most shocking struggle they would ever face. One of their own members, Jean Grey, has gained power beyond all comprehension, and that power has corrupted her absolutely! Now they must decide if the life of the woman they cherish is worth the existence of the entire universe!”

The rest of the report still stands.

Original Report:

Back in November, we shared a scoop with you about what the next X-Men film would center on. At the time, the rumor going around was that the film was going to serve as a sort of soft reboot for the Fox franchise, similar to how X-Men: First Class hit the Reset Button by introducing a new cast and putting the series in a new direction. We reached out to our inside sources and found out that the next film would, indeed, move away from the themes of the last three X-films and center on a classic comic book storyline.

In X-Men: Apocalypse we met new versions of established characters like Jean Gray, Cyclops, Storm, and Nightcrawler. They were reintroduced to audiences via fresh-faced actors Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. In our exclusive report, we shared with you that these new arrivals would be front-and-center this time around, especially Turner, and that the film would be a full-fledged adaptation of the iconic “Dark Phoenix” storyline from the books and the 90s X-Men cartoon series.

A few weeks back, industry outlet Production Weekly mentioned that Fox had a film called X-Men: Supernova slotted for production. At the time, we mused that this seemed to be confirmation of our old report. But the upcoming February 9th edition of the trade will provide all the proof we’ll need.

Production Weekly will include an entry for the next X-Men film that reads like this:

“X-Men: Supernova” (w/t “Dark Phoenix” / “Teen Spirit”)

As you can see, X-Men: Supernova has two other working titles: “Dark Phoenix” and “Teen Spirit.” So there’s your confirmation that the next proper X-Men film will center on the “Dark Phoenix” saga, while shifting the focus onto the new arrivals. 

Where things get a little confusing is that “Teen Spirit” name. While the new arrivals were all teenagers when they were introduced in the 80s-set X-Men: Apocalypse, producer Simon Kinberg has said that the next X-film would be set in the 90s- meaning none of them will be teens by the time this film rolls around. 

Bochinche/Speculation…

This has me wondering all kinds of things. I know that Fox has been evaluating the future of their entire XCU slate of films, with very little that’s set in stone. They’re extremely open-minded right now about where to go next. I wonder if they’re considering merging this film with Josh Boone’s The New Mutants movie and having that be the next proper X-Men film, by having that teen group of mutants have to step up to try and stop an out-of-control Dark Phoenix. 

This is literally just me spitballing, so don’t take it to the bank. I’m going to reach out to my people and report back if I get anything I’m allowed to print. 

For now, you can at least rest assured that it looks like we’re finally going to get a full, proper adaptation of the “Dark Phoenix” saga.

What do you think of that?!

SOURCE: Production Weekly

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.