Dark Phoenix, the next and perhaps the last X-Men movie to be released under the 20th Century Fox banner (give or take a New Mutants), is on the horizon. Recently, members of the cast, including Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), and Evan Peters (Quicksilver), joined the Beat to talk about their roles in the film. The cast discusses how they trained for the movie, the role of the X-Men in the fight for representation in media, and what comics characters they’d like to meet now that 20th Century Fox is under Disney’s banner.
Dark Phoenix, directed by Simon Kinberg, follows the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. It focuses on Jean Grey (played by Sophie Turner), a powerful telepath who finds herself losing control of her gifts after a solar flare. Other central cast members include Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan).
Recently, it was reported by IndieWire that Shipp knocked the X-Men films for giving her little to do. At WonderCon, she was asked whether she’d be excited for her take on Storm and the various other X-Men to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will enter a new era following this month’s Avengers: Endgame. Shipp allegedly replied: “I would and I wouldn’t because Storm barely has anything to say as it is. I don’t know about [the other actors] but like we never talk. So it would be really nice if we weren’t piled into yet another jam-packed cast, in which you only see me in the back of the shot like fucking sasquatch.”
For other video coverage on Dark Phoenix, check out our interview with Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan.
Dark Phoenix enters theaters on June 7th, 2019.
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.