Let’s get right to the meat and potatoes:
While not a great look at our heroes, we can see their distinct new uniforms. Fans have pointed out that they’re inspired by the art of Frank Quitely. I’m not familiar with his work (or the “New X-Men” run), but maybe some of you comic buffs can chime in.
Although I question what happened to the suits at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, I like the upgrade.
This Dark Phoenix gear is more comic-accurate, and reminiscent of the costumes we saw in X-Men: First Class…
Speaking of chiming in, the actors offer their take on the latest X-chapter…
While attending SXSW, Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) spoke to The Wrap:
Jean goes crazy in the movie… Well, Cyclops doesn’t think she’s going crazy — Cyclops just thinks she’s gotta work some stuff out… It’s interesting, the drama in the movie. We treated this movie as much more of a drama versus a superhero film.
Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) speaking to Entertainment Weekly:
We have really great action scenes and we go to space like within the first five minutes of the movie… So it’s definitely exciting but emotionally all these characters are taking the biggest, most extreme dives than they have in the whole series.
Sophie Turner (Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix) speaking to Empire, via Screenrant:
We are revolutionizing it… We wanted to create a whole new genre of superhero movie… Simon has been the brain behind X-Men for years, and it’s really exciting to have what feels like one of our own rise up and take hold of the franchise, and direct it in the way that he sees it. I have to say he’s one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with. He’s so passionate and collaborative… I kept saying to Simon, ‘Oh good, that’s done. Now I only have, like seven huge emotional scenes to go’… It was a real challenge.
Neat… We need a trailer.
Lot to unpack here. First off, while I didn’t love Apocalypse, the X-Men franchise holds a special place in my heart, as I’ve grown with it for nearly 20 years. I think there’s a lot riding against Dark Phoenix, and I’m not particularly interested in Jean’s arc, but I still anticipate a good movie.
Unfortunately, there’s also the matter of Simon Kinberg never directing a big-budget film, which I consider a big no-no. While he’s written four of the X-Men films (including one of my favorites, Days of Future Past), I think directors should get their feet wet on indies or TV before tackling such huge projects. Hopefully he doesn’t Blade: Trinity the franchise.
Finally, I’m concerned that this film will get the X-Men: The Last Stand treatment, in the sense that they’re just trying to hit a deadline. Not only did Apocalypse underwhelm with critics and fans, but Fox is scrambling in the midst of the looming Disney deal.
And let’s not forget that Deadpool has become a priority (and arguably overshadows Xavier’s team). Basically Dark Phoenix feels like an underdog. I can still root for the little band of mutants, but ideally Simon & co. give it their all.
What say you, Exiles? Are you interested in The Last Stand: Take 2, or are you chomping at the bit for that Disney reboot?
Dark Phoenix Rides Again opens November 2, 2018.