If at first you don’t succeed, reboot the entire film franchise and try again with a clean slate. That seems to be the saying in old Hollywood and the X-Men film franchise is no exception due to the retcon in X-Men: Days of Future Past that wiped away 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand due to less than stellar reaction from fan and critics alike. But that does leave the door open for Fox to possibly try and adapt the Dark Phoenix Saga from Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s legendary run on The X-Men yet again.
With a younger version of Jean Grey being introduced in the upcoming, X-Men: Apocalypse next month, it seems like Fox is ready to go ahead and give adapting the well beloved storyline another shot. Producer and writer of the film franchise, Simon Kinberg has spoken on the idea of attempting this, but as of right now, nothing is set in stone and is regaled to rumor status for the time being. That is certainly not gonna stop fans from speculating about this. Bryan Singer is back at the helm for the X-Men films so fans are certain that maybe this time it can be done right.
Even Jean Grey actress, Sophie Turner has said that in the new film Jean can already sense something dark growing inside her. Possible hinting? We’ll have to wait and find out.
Now for those not in the know as to what this is exactly, allow my to unscrew my brain to let out long standing comic knowledge that occupies my brain. Jean Grey becomes consumed by the Phoenix Force, a mysterious entity that manipulates cosmic energies and taps into the life-force that can end the existence of just about anything. Once the Hellfire Club tries to manipulate Jean into their own villainous needs she goes mad and transforms into the Dark Phoenix and decides to kinda just end everything, but sacrifices herself to save humanity.
So imagine the shock fans had when they saw the Brett Ratner helmed sequel that the Phoenix Force was simply a split personality of Jean that Professor X telepathically repressed ever since he recruited Jean as a young child.
Do you want to see Dark Phoenix attempted again or do you think its better left alone? Sound off in the comments below.
X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters May 27.