Veteran X-Men producer Simon Kinberg makes his directorial debut with Dark Phoenix in addition to producing the film with Hutch Parker, Lauren Schuler Donner and Todd Hallowell. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is almost killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. During the press con, Sophie Turner was asked whether she studied mental health, to which Sophie who plays the lead character of Jean Grey said yes she indeed did it and studied many disorders such as Schizophrenia and Dissociative disorders among others to feel the confusion, disorientation, frustration anger that drives her character to tears.
Indeed, not only did the third act of Dark Phoenix change, but the design of the Phoenix was changed to be less flame-y and more cosmic, which would suggest a resemblance to Brie Larson's on-fire Captain Marvel at the end of that MCU film, in which she lays waste to a number of ships and baddies in space. Spiraling out of control, Jean hurts the ones she loves most.
Michael Fassbender has been playing Erik Lensherr, the troubled, driven mutant also known as Magneto, since 2011's X-Men: First Class.
Dark Phoenix is set to hit theaters on June 7, 2019. In that time, he's seen the character develop as a leader in his own right, and struggle with the treatment of mutants by society in general. And so I imagined it as the culmination, and I even pitched it to the studio, as this is the culmination of this cycle of X-Men stories. What he creates is a self-sufficient, off the grid, and all of the character's struggles culminate in this place. But this is a mature Erik; he's more at peace, and he only leaves this haven out of loyalty. It's a bummer that the endings of these two movies ended up being similar, and I would not envy Kinberg's position here, but I'm glad they got to go back and rework it.
It's a fitting conclusion to the X-Men franchise's remarkable 18-year run.
Speaking of Dark Phoenix, the same is produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox.