We know that Apocalypse is going to be the big bad in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse‘ but could we have a second villain to contend with in the film or a tease of who the X-Men might be fighting in the next installment of the franchise? Between what was in the trailer and a comment made by director Bryan Singer, it seems that we could be witnessing the birth of Sophie Turner not just as Jean Grey but as The Dark Phoenix as well. Once again they are pushing the character far quicker than she emerges in the comic but if the studio wants to expand their cinematic universe this could be the best way to do just that.
While shrouded in darkness in the trailer, we saw someone entering Cerebro who had a post-apocalyptic vision of things to come. While Jean says that “I saw the end of the world. I could feel all this death.” Xavier tells her it’s “just a dream.” However, it doesn’t look as if he actually feels that way.
According to Singer he not only clarifies the character we see but a bit of the scene as well:
“That’s actually Jean. Her hair makes her a little strange looking! But I don’t want to explain why she’s doing what she’s doing… The take I used for the movie is a less sincere take. In the movie it’s an intense moment, a psychic moment happens between them and the take is a much more suspicious take.”
Much like the comics they have Jean being not just a well of power but we see that Xavier is worried about her control over it. We’ve seen various takes of how he limited her ability both on screen and on the page so we’ll see how that plays out here.
When talking about the scene Singer continues that:
“It’s all about their potential. Jean has a special connection with Xavier, she has a special connection with the psychic world and she has enormous untapped power that’s growing.”
A recent idea has it that Xavier will fall or be captured by Apocalypse in the film. This could leave Jean not only the only person who can use Cerebro, it but when she does it unlocks part of the Phoenix power which has been dormant. Depending how close they stick to the original source material, this could be not only a bold new direction for the X-Men franchise but also potentially unlock the mutants galactic adventures giving Fox the ability to introduce more characters from the cosmic side of things. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ has more than proven an interest and Fox currently holds the rights to some of Marvel’s most interesting cosmic entities which could allow for countless X-Men stories or even a way to expand their cinematic universe with a spinoff or two.
Clearly this could be a way past just stand alone and ‘X-Men’ films assuming ‘X-Force‘ isn’t going to see the light of day anytime soon.
Do you think this will be the first steps to a new introduction to The Dark Phoenix or is this all being taken out of context? Will the studio follow more along the lines of the comics or the painful ‘X-Men The Last Stand’? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Hardy, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Lana Condor, Olivia Munn, and Oscar Isaac opens in theaters on May 27, 2016.