The latest project in the X-Men universe will be X-Men: Dark Phoenix, starring Sophie Turner in a reprisal of her role as the class 5 mutant, Jean Grey/The Phoenix. Naturally, in some of these comicbook-to-film adaptations, things will tend to change to make sense for the direction of the film as a whole. What fans truly wish to see is a creative re-telling of the keystones that made them fall in love with the original storyline in the first place without them feeling at the end that writers hacked the source material to pieces.
“The Dark Phoenix Saga” is probably one of the most tragic and well-known pieces of comicbook literature surrounding Marvel’s X-Men. It told a tragic tale of love and catastrophic loss in a way that really hadn’t been seen or felt before in that series. Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s way of storytelling really grabbed the audience by the heartstrings, which is why this story is ideal for a movie retelling.
Turner’s return as Jean Grey in Dark Phoenix will put her in a much darker and dramatic role as her character nears being inevitably consumed by the malevolent Phoenix Force. Writer and director Simon Kinberg really wants this to feel more like a drama and less like your typical superhero film. So you can imagine that you will get more in-depth into the psyche of Jean as she slowly loses a grip on her humanity.
Tye Sheridan, who plays Cyclops told 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.”
As all Jean Grey fans know, Cyclops is a pivotal part of any Jean Grey story, so the dynamic between the two characters will be quite interesting.