X-Men: Dark Phoenix

At the end of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, the titular mutants are shown briefly wearing their new individualized costumes that bore a close resemblance to their classic comic book/cartoon designs, e.g. Cyclops with his ’90s Jim Lee-style bandoleer.  But it appears as though that’s all out the window for ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ which opens this November.  A set photo has been revealed online and it looks as though the team has gone back to a single uniform look.

Check out this post from Xavier Files, below:


As you can see, we have Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler plus Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, although she appears partially out of costume.  But the ones in costume are sporting nearly identical uniforms that looks very much like the ones Frank Quitley designed for the team for his run on ‘New X-Men’ which began circa 2001.

Of course, uniforms are a part of the X-Men’s history.  When they first debuted in 1963, the original team were high school students at Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters and their costumes were considered a superhero variation on school uniforms.

But the original team eventually received unique costumes, and after that, all members that joined wore their own individualized super suits.

However, the school uniform concept was revisited briefly around 1991, when Jim Lee took over art chores on the book.  This was the first (and last) time characters like Gambit, Storm and Wolverine wore the nondescript X-Costumes. (Yes, Wolverine was part of the Quitely team but he didn’t wear the same uniform.)  It was also the last time Psylocke wore that much clothing.

Logically, in the movie ‘X-Men: First Class’ the characters also wore generic uniforms, even though that “first class” of X-Men was very different than the ones that appeared in’Uncanny X-Men’ #1.

And even though the group got individual costumes in the last movie…

…it would appear they have ditched them for a more uniform appearance, in ‘Dark Phoenix’.  (Does that mean no cape for Storm?!  Blasphemy!)

What do you think of the X-Men reverting to a basic one-for-all look?

Directed by Simon Kinberg, ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ starring Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Sophie Turner opens on November 2, 2018.