New 'X-Men: Supernova' Movie Title Suggests a Dark Phoenix Story

Sunday, 15 January 2017 - 5:20PM
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Sunday, 15 January 2017 - 5:20PM
New 'X-Men: Supernova' Movie Title Suggests a Dark Phoenix Story
Following X-Men: Apocalypse, which was a financial success if not completely a critical one, the question of what comes next for X-Men films has been in the air. There are tons of spin-offs: Logan is nearly out, while Deadpool 2 and a New Mutants film are in the works, and Gambit keeps getting tossed around. But Apocalypse closed what was supposed to be a trilogy of "young Professor X and Magneto" films that started with X-Men: First Class.

The main series of films may still continue though, with a recent issue of Production Weekly revealing that along with New Mutants is another 20th Century Fox film called X-Men: Supernova, with an updated issue now listing a working title of Dark Phoenix. Even on its own, the name "Supernova" suggests either the cosmic side of X-Men or something very big and fiery. Both of which point to an adaptation of Jean Grey's "Dark Phoenix" storyline from the comic books.

The crux of the Dark Phoenix story (originally written in 1990 by Chris Claremont) is this: Jean Grey becomes consumed by a cosmic entity called the Phoenix, which gives her godlike powers and drives her mad with power. If that sounds familiar, it's because most of that was in X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. But the movie, which starred Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, didn't use any of the cosmic stuff and simply made the Phoenix a split personality Jean invented to control her immense psychic powers. 

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That movie was also torn apart by critics and fans. Writer Simon Kinberg, who wrote and produced the past few X-Men films, is on the record that the film didn't turn out they way he wanted it to, telling Entertainment Weekly that he "would love to take another stab at the Dark Phoenix story." And Sophie Turner, who played Jean Grey in Apocalypse, has already hinted at just that in interviews, saying that the "seeds of Phoenix are definitely planted." With a writer and the likely star expressing interest, there's a lot of reason to expect Jean Grey might be front and center in future X-Men movies.

Via: Comicbook Movie

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