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.
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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