Fox’s Rumored X-Men Reboot Will Reportedly Focus on the Dark Phoenix Saga
Last week a rumor broke that Fox plans to reboot the X-Men franchise. It is a little confusing about how that would be done because they want several of the same actors to come back and reprise their roles.
We’ve now got some possible clarity from LRM on how things might move forward. They have inside source that says the movie will focus on the Dark Phoenix saga, which would be pretty cool. The site explains:
"I'm hearing (from sources) that there's some talk around Xavier’s mansion about a possible return of the DARK PHOENIX storyline. Even though we saw glimpses of the PHOENIX in the previous X-Films (X-Men: The Last Stand in timeline one, X-Men: Apocalypse in timeline two), this time it will be the central focus of the movie."
As for the cast, there’s a good chance that Sophie Turner will reprise her role as Jean Grey if the studio doesn’t do a full-on reboot. This whole thing could serve as a soft reboot, which would allow for several of the previous actors to reprise their roles. It would just start the franchise off fresh with them.
The Dark Phoenix Saga is one of the most popular and best X-Men comic book stories. It centers on Jean Grey, who becomes possessed by a fiery cosmic bird that makes her one of the most powerful beings in the universe. This is an intense change for her, and she struggles to control that power, and that leads her down the path of evil, eventually becoming the Dark Phoenix.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the Dark Phoenix saga could be the next film. Director Bryan Singer previously talked about it saying he would “possibly” want to do “the full Phoenix story.” X-Men: Apocalypse definitely set up the story if they decided to go that direction. But according to the previous report, Singer won’t be involved with it, which I’m ok with.
Singer has had a great run with the X-Men franchise, but Apocalypse failed to impress. I think it’s time to get some new blood behind the camera and move the franchise forward with a new vision. They might as well launch this next series of film with the Dark Phoenix. It’s a solid starting point.