It doesn’t sound like 20th Century Fox and Bryan Singer aren’t going to waste any time jumping back into The Dark Phoenix Saga. A younger version of Jean Grey is being introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse. The character is being played by Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, and according to Heroic Hollywood's inside sources, the next X-Men film will revolve around Jean Grey’s Dark Phoenix story arc.
There was an attempt at telling this story arc in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, but it spectacularly failed. Since then, the whole X-Men franchise has basically been rebooted due to the time traveling events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, so now that story can be retold. Producer Simon Kinberg previously explained:
“I think everything that hasn’t been told from First Class and Days of Future Past is up for grabs going forward, so it would absolutely be a story we could tell in a different way.”
Then Turner recently revealed that her character in Apocalypse already realizes that something dark is growing inside of her, so it sounds like they are already building up to the Dark Pheonix in her first introduction into the franchise. She says:
“And Jean she has not only has her telekenisis and her telepathy but she also knows inherently that something darker and more powerful is growing inside her and she doesn’t quite know what it is.”
With director Singer at the helm, I’m sure that he’ll tell this story right this time around. For those of you not familiar with the story here’s a basic rundown:
The Phoenix Force consumes Jean Grey and with the manipulation of the Hellfire Club's Mastermind she is driven mad. The Phoenix Force becomes the Dark Phoenix and consumes the power of a star and destroys an entire solar system before sacrificing herself to save the universe from mass destruction.
There’s no confirmation from the studio that this will be the X-Men movie, so of course this is a rumor for now. It definitely sounds like there’s a strong possibility this could be the case, though.