2018’s Girl on Fire title will go to the omega telepath Jean Grey as she comes to grips with the entity that overtakes her after a space mission gone wrong. In a move that is arguably overdue, Simon Kinberg has finally taken the director’s chair for the 4th film in the First Class franchise. On previous films we were treated to some behind the scenes gags, pictures, and plot details via Singer’s social media however Kinberg has made a point to keep much of his film’s details under wraps.
The main complaint about the 11th film in the series is that it is recycling a plot that was poorly executed in Brett Ratner’s 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand. That film took the Phoenix force from an energetic being to a suppressed alternate personality of Jean Grey’s. It was also a waste of characters and actors such as Patrick Stewart, James Marsden, and Famke Jenssen. We get that Kinberg felt such a draw to this storyline that he decided that he should direct it himself, but with the plethora of storylines in the X-Men Universe they could have easily done Cassandra Nova, or Onslaught. Something that would actually utilize the full acting range of both James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender who have been criminally sidelined since X-Men First Class. I know people will have arguments regarding that last statement.
With filming having wrapped a couple of months ago, and the film a little less than a year out it’s a nice surprise to see that we are already getting a first look with next week’s Entertainment Weekly Issue which includes a look at Jessica Chastain’s character. Happy Holidays to X-Men fans!
X-Men Dark Phoenix releases in the US on November 2nd 2018 and the Entertainment Weekly Issue Hits Newsstands on Friday, November 8th 2017