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The Dark Phoenix Rises (one last time?)

A lot has been made of the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (brought to us by Disney), but, really, the X-Men movies jump-started the Marvel movies. Although these X-Men movies exist outside of the MCU due to 20th Century Fox producing them (Disney recently acquired Fox), the ambitious X-Men movies truly set the stage for the Marvel movie craze to flourish.

It’s rumored that this X-Men movie could be the last Mutant installment (while The New Mutants seem to constantly be postponed, and the Gambit film shelved). So, this could be our last look at a series that has spanned nearly 20 years.

“…the perfect send-off for our X-Men team”

Emma Watts (Vice Chair for Fox), Hollywood Reporter

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Trans-Morphogenetic Resurgence

The X-Men franchise was reinvigorated when “X-Men: First Class” premiered in 2011. It took the key characters in the Mutant canon and relaunched them with an origin story. Older characters Professor Xavier and Magneto that were once played by Patrick Stewart (Professor X) and Ian McKellen (Magneto) in X-Men (2000) were then reintroduced, as their youthful selves, by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.

The wildly successful reboot gave a kick in the pants to Marvel’s Mutant storyline, and it also introduced the world to Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique). Lawrence has remained loyal to the franchise, consistently reprising her star-making role.

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Famke Janssen originally brought the Jean Grey character to life, but this latest and revamped Dark Phoenix story line allows Sophie Turner (of Game Of Thrones) to take the Jean Grey character to the next level.

All the pieces came together when cast members and characters from the first X-men film and the relaunch film fused story lines, and essentially un-did the events of “X-Men: The Last Stand” (a film also centered on the Phoenix storyline).

Dark Phoenix stars Sophie Turner (Jean Grey/Phoenix), James McAvoy (Professor Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Jessica Chastain making her first appearance in the X-Men/Mutant universe.

Dark Phoenix is directed by Simon Kinberg, and rises into theaters June 7th, 2019


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