“When I lose control bad things happen, but it feels…good.”
With the 20th Century Fox X-Men era coming to end this summer all eyes are on X-Men: Dark Phoenix to send the saga off on a high. The series has seen its fair share of highs and lows from the awesomeness of X2: X-Men United to the downright abhorrent in X3: The Last Stand. And yet, the series has consistently entertained us for close to two decades.
Its retirement will be a bittersweet experience. Yes, it will be amazing to see the X-Men join the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but to see the fantastic movies starring Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian Mckellan cast-off into obscurity leaves a lot to be desired. That being said, the thought of Wolverine and Cyclops lining up alongside Spider-Man and the Avengers is a tantalising prospect which is sure to have us all foaming at the mouth and queuing around the block on opening night.
But before we can look to the future of mutant kind, the small matter of X-Men: Dark Phoenix awaits us, and as we near the movies’ release date 20th Century Fox (now Disney) have released a fitting final trailer which is sure to get the pulse racing.
The movie follows the tried and tested storyline featuring the X-Men setting off on a deep space rescue operation when a solar flare consumes their craft and set us off on an adventure with disastrous consequences for our heroes. With the solar flare confirmed to house an existential entity known as the Phoenix, Jean Grey absorbs the creature and channels its power which rapidly consumes her.
Simon Kinberg has gone on record stating that Dark Phoenix serves as the natural culmination to the Fox X-Men era and will be the perfect send-off for our current crops of mutants. Whether or not the series can truly end on a high remains to be seen.
The last time Bryan Singer was removed from the director’s chair we were rewarded with the abomination that was X3, and given the trailers released to date, Dark Phoenix appears to be retreading the same slippery slope. X-Men: Days of Future Past worked tirelessly to eradicate the continuity errors produced by X3, but with Dark Phoneix set to be the final curtain for the current crop of X-Men, what happens at Fox stays at Fox.
Until then, let’s just hope Fox’s last roll of the dice pays off.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix sets the box office ablaze on June 7th.
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Source: 20th Century Fox