– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Earlier today, we reported that X-Men: Dark Phoenix may, in fact, consist of two parts. The news came from actress Olivia Munn, who plays Psylocke in the X-Men Universe.

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While this is very interesting news regarding the flick, it’s a bit hard to believe. Fox isn’t known for making an incredibly cohesive universe with their X-Men films, and they’ve very old-school in how they approach their big budget films. Whereas Marvel and DC lay out a slate of many films, Fox tends to be a lot more tenuous with their schedule. Yes, they do have a slate, but right now, it’s riddled with a lot of unknowns. So the idea of them doing a two parter seems unlikely, right?

However, a new report from Universo X-Men suggests that Munn’s comments may be true. According to a supposed extra from the flick, the studio is planning on bringing them all back shortly after the movie finishes production. The reason? The production of a SECOND installment.

The idea is that Fox is shooting for a 2019 release date — one year after the first film’s release. Currently, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is slated for a November 2018 release, and with Fox hoping to release the second movie a year after the first, the open mystery Marvel date of November 22, 2019 is looking like a comfy spot for X-Men: Dark Phoenix Part 2.

So the next logical question here is, “is this true?” While the more I hear, the more it sounds like the “part 2” deal is real, I do have my doubts with this report.

First off, Universo X-Men isn’t an outlet I’m incredibly aware of, and the fact that their source is a random extra makes me doubt it all the more. Second, the source from the site is unreliable. An extra, they say? It’s possible. But I find it weird that a studio would find it necessary to lock down all the same extras for both part 1 and part 2. That being said, it could be that they just let the extras know that more work would be available down the line, so my doubt can be much ado about nothing.

That being said, it could very well be true, and if it is, it shows that Fox has a lot of faith in novice director Simon Kinberg. He must have given one hell of a pitch for them to go this route. But, as Fox has proven in the past, they have the potential to surprise, and actually giving the Dark Phoenix saga some time to breathe is a good thing.

So while I’m not convinced this report is real just yet, but I really hope it is.

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SOURCE: Universo X-Men (via ComicBookMovie)

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.