– by Joseph Jammer Medina

A few months back, we shared with you an official LRM Hot Rumor regarding the next proper entry in Fox’s X-Men series. In a nutshell, we’d spoken to a high-level source at Fox, who exclusively revealed to us that the next chapter in the X-Men saga would be a full-on Dark Phoenix movie, based on the storyline that was so popular in the comics and on the 90s TV cartoon.

Well, now there’s another rumor hitting the net that may- or may not- confirm our report.

According to the industry publication Production Weekly, the next movie in Fox’s mutant saga will be called X-Men: Supernova. While this was once rumored to be the title for Josh Boone’s X-Men: New Mutants, the publication makes it appear perfectly clear that Boone’s film will stick with its current title and that Supernova will be the subtitle for the next main X-Men movie.

We don’t know much about the next X-Men flick, except for the running theory that it’ll continue the trend started by X-Men: First Class where it tackles the next sequential decade. First Class took place in the 60s, Days of Future Past was in the 70s, Apocalypse was in the 80sand Supernova (assuming that ends up being the title) will reportedly take place in the 90s. What else do we know? That Bryan Singer will not be directing it, and that the film may serve as another soft reboot for the franchise.

With Hugh Jackman “retiring” his Wolverine with Logan, and with Michael Fassbender recently saying he has no idea whether he’ll be back for another X-Men since his contract requirements- along with those of James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult- have been met, the word on the street has been that the series will look to reinvent itself on the shoulders of newly reintroduced characters like Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, and Nightcrawler. Those characters were all relaunched in X-Men: Apocalypse with new stars Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

So how does X-Men: Supernova tie into all that? Well, while there was a comic book storyline with the same name in from 2007 that featured Rogue leading a group of mutants against the Children of The Vault, there’s also the simple matter of…The Dark Phoenix has the ability to unleash supernovas (as she did when she destroyed an entire planet and its population by devouring the energy of the D’Bari star in the comics)!!

We’ll have to wait and see how this all pans out.

For now, I’ve reached out to the same source that spoke to us back in November. I’ll let you know what they say if they’re allowed to comment on this rumor.

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.