'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Will Introduce the Singing Mutant Dazzler

Friday, 23 June 2017 - 8:40PM
Friday, 23 June 2017 - 8:40PM
'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Will Introduce the Singing Mutant Dazzler
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One of the big problems with X-Men: Apocalypse is that its ensemble hustle was, if anything, a little too strong. There are way too many characters, each vying for screen time, with the movie attempting to give them all meaningful arcs. This naturally leads to a lot of shallow characterization as the story bounces between several plot points, many of which don't get satisfying resolutions.

It seems as if 20th Century Fox has not entirely learned its lesson from X-Men: Apocalypse. Seemingly ignoring the fact that an X-Men movie's popularity is generally inversely related to the number of mutants that appear in it, Fox has revealed that Dazzler, a mutant pop star who can convert sound into light beams, will appear in X-Men: Dark Phoenix in at least a minor role.

Dazzler got a brief cameo by way of vinyl record cover in a deleted scene in Apocalypse, which recently resurfaced when Jean Grey actress Sophie Turner posted a screenshot, and there'd been rumors that Dazzler was actually going to be played by Taylor Swift. So far, Fox has insisted there are thankfully no plans for such a thing.

All this may please longtime fans of Dazzler from the comics, but it's not a good thing for the movie's cohesion as a whole. Dark Phoenix is already going to be introducing the entire alien Shi'ar race with actress Jessica Chastain possibly playing Lilandra. The movie is also bringing back Magneto, Mystique, Professor X, Jean Grey, Beast and the majority of the rest of the stars from Apocalypse.

It would make more sense for Fox to scale down this film, perhaps even just making it about their holy triumvirate of Fassbender, Lawrence, and McAvoy, rather than trying to cram in additional new mutants that won't actually serve the movie's plot. Fox implied that Dazzler's role will be small, and if that's true, it's for the better.


The problem is that Fox always tries to do in one movie what Marvel does in six. Each of these X-Men films represents an entire phase in the Marvel business plan, and it's not sustainable. Audiences get really bored, really quickly, which is impressive considering the number of laser beams and, in Dazzler's case, pretty lights shooting around the screen. But, hey. Maybe this time Fox will learn that throwing in more mutants isn't the solution to making an X-Men movie a standout hit.

Maybe then we'll finally get that awesome Jubilee solo movie we're all been craving. Have you not been craving that? Huh.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently scheduled to come out November 2, 2018.

Via: EW
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