– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Next year, audiences will have a chance to see the Dark Phoenix saga adapted to the big screen for the second time. The first time, as fans may recall, was the infamous X-Men: The Last Stand, which had the Dark Phoenix aspect make up only one portion of the entire plot.

This time around, as indicated by the title of the film, Dark Phoenix will be its bread and butter. But how will Jean Grey actually have her Phoenix abilities unlocked?

In a recent piece from EW, it is revealed that at the beginning of the film, the X-Men team will head into space. In the sequence, the time will be sent on a rescue mission. However, things go awry when their X-Jet is hit by a solar flare. Luckily, Jean is able to save the team, but the solar flare unlocks her Phoenix abilities and…well, we kind of have an idea of how things go.

For me, the big reveal here isn’t how her abilities are unlocked, but it’s the confirmation of concerns from fans. One of the biggest criticisms of the upcoming film is that audiences haven’t had a chance to fall in love with the X-Men team yet. Had we had one more film to do so before Dark Phoenix, this would bring more gravity with it.

However, as it stands, it doesn’t seem like the beginning of the film will offer any more bonding time, and that they’ll get things going fairly quickly. Let’s hope they’ll find a way to get us to care throughout the film.

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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.