Prepare yourselves for an onslaught of Phoenix related puns, because it looks like the X-Men franchise is set to rise from the ashes in its next instalment, supposedly bringing The Dark Phoenix Saga to life.
Rumors to this effect have set the internet ablaze for some time after it was recently reported that the merry band of mutants would star in a new film titled 'Supernova'. Until now, all we had was a tentative title and shooting date — but production site My Entertainment World just fanned the flames of internet speculation by unveiling a synopsis for the film, suggesting that Jean Grey is set to become everyone's favorite good girl gone bad:
“Gathered together by Professor Charles Xavier to protect a world that fears and hates them, the X-Men had fought many battles, been on adventures that spanned galaxies, grappled enemies of limitless might, but none of this could prepare them for the most shocking struggle they would ever face. One of their own members, Jean Grey, has gained power beyond all comprehension, and that power has corrupted her absolutely! Now they must decide if the life of the woman they cherish is worth the existence of the entire universe!”
Guys, I've a feeling we're not in Westchester anymore.
Are The X-Men Heading Into Space?
That's right — after years of fighting Magneto à la Groundhog Day, it looks like Professor Xavier's students are space-bound, as they prepare tackle the greatest X-Men story ever told. Sure, that's a rather lofty claim (one that those who have only watched X-Men: The Last Stand may especially contest), but anyone who's read the comics or seen the exceptional '90s cartoon simply know this as fact.
In some ways, this news should come as no surprise. After all, #XMenApocalypse already sowed the seeds for Jean's fall from grace, hinting at a darkness within her that manifested itself during the team's final confrontation with the titular villain. Bryan Singer has also fought rather openly to take the X-Men into space, and it would be a shame if newcomers such as #SophieTurner weren't able to capitalize on their multi-picture deal with Fox.
However, recent reports that the X-Men franchise will undergo a reboot now seem rather questionable, especially given that the ending of X-Men: Apocalypse seemingly fits perfectly with this new synopsis for Supernova.
Something else that remains rather unclear now is where did this version of the Phoenix Force come from? In the comics, the Phoenix is a cosmic entity that hails from the deepest reaches of space, but in Apocalypse, this power already resides within Jean Grey. Unless the team took a school trip to space at some point before Oscar Isaac whacked that misshapen plastic on his face, then #Supernova may combine elements of the original story with The Last Stand, which portrayed the Phoenix Force as something innate, born of Jean's damaged psyche.
Let's hope it's not the latter, as we would give anything for Professor Xavier to wipe all traces of that film from our minds, regardless of any risks involved.
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Unless Fox plan to stretch this synopsis out over two films, the idea of adapting a full-blown Dark Phoenix Saga before fully introducing the Phoenix Saga seems hastier than Quicksilver on speed. Saying that though, we're just happy that the Apocalypse from the last X-Men film was only figurative and didn't literally end the franchise.
The idea of seeing the Shi'ar and Starjammers in cinemas for the first time is giving us life right now and even more importantly, what other superhero movie in the cosmos could possibly deliver this immortal line?
Damn straight, Jean. Damn straight.
Are you excited to see the X-Men venture into space?
(Source — My Entertainment World)