The next installment of the X-Men movie series is coming in less than a year, so it’s high time we get some hints about what’s to come! The next film, Dark Phoenix, will be directed by Simon Kinberg, who has been a devoted producer on many of the previous X-Men films but will be taking on the role of director for the first time with this one.
This iconic comicbook arc surrounding the devastating telekinetic and telepathic powers of Jean Grey (played by Sophie Turner) will be the first time since X-Men: The Last Stand that this has been explored. Fans and critics did not take too kindly to the events that took place surrounding Jean Grey in Last Stand, so this revisiting will come as a welcome addition to the X-Men film roster, especially since the timeline was reshuffled thanks to X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The younger generation of mutants that was introduced to us starting in 2011 with X-Men: First Class, followed by Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, has brought a whole second roster of gifted youngsters to see on screen.
The last film, Apocalypse, took place in the 80s with new faces like Jubilee, Nightcrawler, and a young Cyclops, and while the premise involved an ancient mutant intent on killing all non-mutant life forms, we have news that the upcoming Dark Phoenix saga will only get more intense.
One of the returning young characters in the series is Quicksilver, also known as Peter Maximoff, also known as the son of Magneto. Played by Evan Peters, this quickster has been present for many of the antics revolving around Professor Xavier and all the villains that appear in his wake. Peters will be returning for the third time as Quicksilver in Dark Phoenix and had recently spoken about how the next installment will compare against the previous movies. The actor said:
“I think it’s the classic X-Men: First Class tone, where there’s a bit of humor thrown in there, but it’s much darker than the previous one, Apocalypse. Apocalypse was the 80s, so there was a lot of room for goofy stuff in there. This one is a much more serious film about the internal struggle of Phoenix and Jean, so it’s a dramatic film.”
The comicbook arc about the Dark Phoenix saga almost always ends in tragedy, so it looks like we will just have to see how much Kinberg and the rest of the team will take from the original material. Many main characters in the film series had died in the wake of the Dark Phoenix, but this new timeline creates a world of possibilities. Peters continued to say the following:
“There’s nothing very comedic about it, other than the few moments that are in there. I think it’s gonna be a powerful one. It’s Dark Phoenix. I think it’s gonna be darker than we’re used to. It’s gonna be a change, but it’s gonna be fun for everybody.”
What Evan Peters considers fun may not be fun for the audiences, but with X-Men films, we’ve come to expect dire straits. After all, the first X-Men film debuted almost 20 years ago. Dark Phoenix will come to theaters on February 14, 2019, but we can expect the first trailer any time now!