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– by David Kozlowski

The next X-Men film, Dark Phoenix, has wrapped production for a late 2018 release, and the rumors are already flying. What should fans expect, and more important: who lives and who dies? Fox is keeping the plot details a secret, naturally, but the guys at That Hashtag Show have at least one source who shares a pretty major secret.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

The Dark Phoenix saga is one of the most revered and beloved stories in all of Marvel Comics. The extended storyline was written by legendary creator Chris Claremont — art by Dave Cockrum and John Byrne — and was published in 1980. The basic premise is that telepath Jean Gray is exposed to deadly radiation from a solar flare during a mission in space, which turns her into a being of pure energy who battles her former X-Men allies.

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We should remind everyone that the Dark Phoenix story was quasi-adapted in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Sorry to bring that up, for hardcore X-Fans that movie is still an open wound. Let’s all pretend that movie was just some drug-addled nightmare and forget about it. Cool?

According to the Hashtag guys, director Simon Kinberg plans to express the awesome power of the Dark Phoenix by killing off a major character from the current X-Men franchise — in a really gruesome manner. OK, we’ve seen that before, right? Let’s all hope that the execution (no pun intended) is better than what went down back in 2006.

The Hashtag source explains that Jean will not be able to handle her powers, and the result is that someone special buys it in an epic fashion. You can hear all of that in the video, but the video ends in a cliffhanger. Who’s it going to be and how will they handle it? That’s the question, and the Hashtag guys don’t possess that answer… yet.

We could speculate, of course, but we’d just be guessing. The Hashtag guys are even a little hesitant to share their feelings on the subject. However, this brings up two obvious questions: should they kill off a major character just to make a point? Will Dark Phoenix mark the end of this iteration of X-Men, given the devastating nature of this story’s resolution? Lots to ponder, and we’ll share more news when we hear it.

X-Men Dark Phoenix hits theaters on November 11, 2018.

Who do you think it getting the axe in X-Men Dark Phoenix? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: That Hashtag Show

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.