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X-Men: Dark Phoenix won’t butcher the original story

by Eric Frederiksen | October 20, 2017October 20, 2017 12:00 pm PST

When we look at how busy the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, it’s easy to forget there’s a whole other universe of Marvel movies that isn’t connected to Thor, Black Panther, or any of those other characters. Fox has been going hard on X-Men movies, and one of the upcoming mutant flicks could be the most ambitious yet: X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The Dark Phoenix Saga is a fan favorite among the X-Men faithful, but it’s also one we saw butchered in the original X-Men movie trilogy. With both of those in mind, it’s with trepidation that we look forward to the upcoming adaptation. One of the film’s stars, however, says we have nothing to worry about.

Alexandra Shipp, who plays Storm in the movie, spoke to Deadline about what X-Men fans can expect:

“[Fans] are going to be very happy – because I’m a huge fan of X-Men and so is our director, Simon [Kinberg], who’s also writing and executive producing it. He is not letting anything go. It’s very accurate to the comics and he really gives the fans what they’ve been asking for, in my opinion. All I can say is that you’re really going to like it.”

Shipp was of course cagey about the actual details of the plot, but for it to be at all accurate, things have to get pretty wild even for an X-Men movie. The story took the team into space and had Jean Grey – Dark Phoenix – joining the Hellfire Club before consuming a star. Like, you know, a cosmic mass of incandescent gas. An alien race called the Shi’ar play a big part of the story, too, and they haven’t yet shown in up the films, so they would need to be introduced, too.

I would love to see director Simon Kinberg pull this all off and deliver a movie that both gives fans what they want and sees the kind of success that would let more comic-book accurate movies make their way to screens.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is just a year away, and set to release on November 2, 2018.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...