A Dark Phoenix movie is coming! I guess in all the excitement over Venom some folks forgot that, but the marketing peeps at Fox didn’t and they secured a spot on the LAte, Late Show with James Corden to debut the trailer.

The film, which hasn’t had much publicity until now, stars Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, and James McAvoy  (Prof. X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Hank/Beast), Tye Sheridan (Scott/Cyclops), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Kurt/Nightcrawler) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver), reprising their roles from various X-verse films, and Jessica Chastain as a new character.

Simon Kinberg, screenwriter on may previous X-movies, directs, in his first feature.

Based on the trailer, it appears that some very bad things are going to happen to young Jean Grey, and fighting about what to do about this will cause strife among team members. Additionally, Michael Fassbender will continue to look hot as hell.

The Dark Phoenix story, which brought tears to the eyes of X-fans in the comics, was already half-heartedly adapted in Brett Ratner’s X-Men Last Stand, with Famke Janssen’s Jean struggling with the power within. Given the mind boggling continuity problems with the X-movies (almost as bad as the comics) perhaps it is best just to pretend this didn’t happen or was an alternate time line, which I guess it actually was.

Social media reaction has been…mixed.

Our own Kate Willaert writes:

I’m a huge X-Men fan, but X-Men:Apocalypse went so far off the rails that it’s hard for me to muster any excitement for what appears to be the final conclusion, if we’re to believe the cover band performing their ho hum take on The Doors’ “The End.”

The trailer reminds me much too much of X-Men: The Last Stand, when they should’ve found a different take that stays far away from that one. I was almost excited when I caught a glimpse of the Morrison/Quitely coats — I love the Morrison/Quitely jackets — but they’ve somehow managed to make even Morrison/Quitely jackets look bad.

Frankly, I think they should’ve buried this incarnation of the franchise when the grave marker was planted at the end of Logan. I just hope the movie isn’t so bad that it impacts the upcoming The New Mutants, which I’m legit looking forward to.



The film opens on February 14th, 2019. Black Panther notwithstanding, February is not an ideal time for a movie release, so this Marvel movie seems to be flying under the radar a bit.

Of course, with Disney.Marvel/Kevin Feige set to take over the X-men movies very soon – at least according to Disney head Bob Iger – maybe they are just soft pedalling the last few non-Feige X-movies.

Still, what are they going to do with Quicksilver! In the MCU he’s dead!

A poster was also revealed!






  1. Expectations were low, so I think that helped. It looked better than X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, but then again, JOE DIRT looked better than APOCALYPSE turned out. We shall see in February, hmm?

  2. This is what happens when a lazy Fox-produced Dark Phoenix movie is written by the same clueless moron that wrote the previous lazy Fox-produced Dark Phoenix story. What do people expect? The entire X-Men franchise has been careless trash that shows no respect for the source material. This is just par for the course.

  3. “The entire X-Men franchise has been careless trash that shows no respect for the source material. This is just par for the course.”

    Some of the X-films have been real cinema (which fanboys don’t like or understand) instead of glorified TV episodes like the Marvel Studios product.

    That said, I hope “Dark Phoenix” is a better movie than “Apocalypse.” Almost anything would be!

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