X-Men: Apocalypse is almost in theaters, but that doesn’t mean we won’t hear about the next chapter in the franchise beforehand. Heroic Hollywood states their contacts have divulged the probable plot for the next film: the Dark Phoenix saga.
If you’ll recall, the franchise tried to visit this thread once before in X-Men: The Last Stand. ‘Tried’ is the operative word as the end result was a less-than-stellar interpretation, which left out key elements as well as making for an incredibly convoluted and crappy film.
For those that don’t know, Dark Phoenix is basically über Jean Grey (to understate it). While Jean Grey had some pretty remarkable telekinetic and telepathic skills, she was also evolving. At one point, in comic canon, she evolved into Dark Phoenix, developing powers exceeding any of her fellow mutants. Unfortunately it also corrupted Jean’s mind so her powers were self-serving, if not altogether destructive, leading to a general consensus that she must be neutralized (read: killed) as no one, not even she, could temper the Dark Phoenix’s powers.
Though Famke Janssen (Jean Grey in the first X-Men and Wolverine series) did a fair job with the dreadful script she was given in Last Stand, the burden of ultimate destructive power will now fall on Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), who is playing a young Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse. We’ve yet to really see her outside of Game of Thrones, where she portrays the penultimate victim Sansa Stark. Taking on the mantle of Dark Phoenix would be a huge but intriguing departure. Hell, it may even be cathartic for fans of the series to finally see Turner kick some major ass and not give a crap who’s keeping score.
Till then, we can see just what Turner will bring to the role of a teenage Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, which is in theaters May 27.
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