– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Fans were both happy and terrified when we learned that the new X-Men film would actually be an adaptation of the Dark Phoenix saga. This was a storyline that had a great impact on many readers, and to see it fully realized on the big screen is something fans have wanted to see since Fox fudged it up with X-Men: The Last Stand.

Of course, there were plenty who were critical of this decision, because we still hardly know anything about this new band of X-Men. They’re still kids with a lot of room to grow, and until we have a better idea of who they are, and who Jean Grey is, and why we should care about her. X-Men: The Last Stand made a huge mistake by making it a subplot of a bigger story, and fans didn’t want this one to be similarly shoehorned in just because people liked the comic.

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Well, perhaps we won’t have to worry? Speaking with Collider, actress Olivia Munn opened up about the film, making a really interesting comment in the process:

“I don’t know what I’m supposed to say. I’m supposed to be vague. That’s my answer. I’m horrible at that. It’s like a two-parter, this movie. That’s more than I’ve said, in general. I don’t know why people have to be so secretive.”

Okay, so that’s a super vague statement — one that we can’t help but pick apart a bit. Is she saying that X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the first part in a two-part story, or is she saying it’s the second part in a story that began with X-Men: Apocalypse? As I’m sure most people are, I’m hoping it’s the former.

If it is a two-parter, it’ll hopefully spend the first film taking the time to make us familiar with who these younger X-Men are. Once we care about them, it’ll be much more impactful that Jean Grey becomes corrupted. My only doubt is here is that Fox usually isn’t too keen on making actual continuing storylines, and tends to do a bunch of one-offs, so I’m not sure I see them doing it now. Then again, the studio has been known to take risks, so perhaps a two-parter is yet another risk they’re willing to take in the name of being more faithful to the source material.

We’ll have to wait and see if this ends up being the case.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters on November 2, 2018.

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SOURCE: Collider

  • jonathing

    just be true to the source and characters i mean look how a mute deadpool went down the 1st outing then they got it rigth by being true to the source and characters 2nd go around and they proved you don’t need mega budget to make have a hit

  • Mike Spiteri

    It probably needs to be expanded to a 6 parter to do the story any justice. To me I just can’t see how they can possibly tell the story in one or movies. Part of the story revolves around how long it took for her to become corrupted by the power. I guess, why should Fox care, they have never cared about the stories before.

    • JSmoove

      Why not HBO? If it takes that long to do the story. People would flock to a well done Xmen series.

      • jonathing

        it would a good platform for the new disney streaming channel in 2019

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Will these movies reference the Shi’ar Empire and the M’kraan crystal?


      Jessica Chastain will be playing Lilandra so it would only make sense for them to reference both things you mentioned.

    • axebox

      Supposedly they are limiting the story to take place on earth, which I feel is still possible but if they limited Shi’ar and M’kraan I’d ask then why they’re even bothering.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        Well if Lilandra comes to earth with the crystal looking for sanctuary from Charles and his team. Little does he know she suspected Jean of being the Phoenix and manipulates her to trigger her powers. Jean should lose control and that is how part one will end.
        Part two should have the xmen team up with the Shiar elite guard to try and stop Phoenix from wreaking havoc on the galaxy. Scott manages to reach Jean who destroys herself in the sun.
        In other words, just copy the damn cartoon.

        • axebox

          The cartoon was highly cosmic.

  • Black_Ace

    Am I the only person on Earth who thought X3 The Last Stand was kinda okay? Sure the Dark Phoenix storyline wasn’t the greatest, but it fit the framework of the first two films which were more grounded and realistic. For Jean to all of a sudden become an intergalactic planet destroyer with an alien race involved would’ve been way too much.

    • axebox

      X3 had it’s moments but overall it was terrible. Nothing worked together, there were pacing issues, characters not behaving right, overemphasis on action, Dark Phoenix a henchmen, etc.

  • I know Olivia Munn is C-list but labelling her an extra is a bit harsh, no?

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.