The last movie in the X-Men franchise is being released on Thursday. An adaptation of the Dark Phoenix saga in which Jean Grey *decades old spoiler warning* is possessed by an alien energy force, killed, resurrected, then sacrifices herself, is coming to the big screen. For the second time. And people are, to say the least, lukewarm to the idea.
But I think this movie deserves the benefit of your doubt. In today’s article; I’ll be outlining why, so come along, open your heart, and let the little child inside of you who dared to love stupid superhero plotlines once upon a time out!
- Second Chances
- That Cast
- Not-Awful Trailers
- Hans Zimmer
- Because You Watched Endgame For The Exact Same Reason
Let’s not beat around the Wolverine here: the X-Men as a film franchise is bizarre. Since its 2000 inception, this 11 movie action spectacle has created and patched up more holes than I can count on one hand, and I was born with the mutant ability to generate hundreds of fingers on one hand.
It’s been sequelled, prequelled, spun off of, and rebooted more times Jamie Madrox, and the timeline, as a result, is something of a worldwide inside joke. It’s a testament to just how beloved these superheroes are that we keep going to see these movies, because they’re a mess.
And yet, hope springs eternal. Dark Phoenix is a second shot at the apple, so to speak, after this comic book was attempted disastrously in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. And even though that movie was hot garbage (sound off in the comments section), the Dark Phoenix comic is so astoundingly good, they’re remaking it with better special effects, (mostly) better actors, and fresh eyes. And that’s the kind of do-over I can get behind.
The casting of the new and old X-Men movies is somewhat of a contentious issue. There’s no arguing Patrick Stewart was basically born to play Charles Xavier, and Ian McKellen is like an underwater lemon as Magneto: he’s sublime.
But there’s something to be said for James Mcavoy and Michael Fassbender as the two warring friends. And that something is that they’re both genius actors. And it doesn’t stop at them, either. The entire cast works wonderfully. Jessica Chastain as (I’m assuming) the personification of the Phoenix force looks incredibly menacing. Nicholas Hoult does wonderfully as the beast. And Even Peters returning as Quicksilver? Call me predictable, but I have been waiting by my front door like a dog to see him mess with speedforce-style time again and I can’t wait.
Sophie Turner has taken some amount of slack for her portrayal of Jean Grey in recent years, with people not seemingly able to even over her American accent. But I think she’s a solid choice for the role, with her menacing up and down my screen with red veiny crap all over her face really working for me. A+, Spookie Turner.
You know what they say: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, you’re the trailers for every X-Men movie since X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
It’s…not a popular saying, but people do say it. And, for many out there, the trailers that have come out for Dark Phoenix have gone down like a similar lead balloon with the movie-going public. But they’ve actually been alright. Some might say pretty good.
Look, I get it: we’re in a weird place with these movies, and DP (ugh, I’ll just call it Dark Phoenix) having been delayed a million years, so far. But as far as trailers go, the first one for this movie was solid and geared us up for the second one, which was a complete and utter beast. The darker tones of this movie are coming through nicely, and they’ve walked a tight line between exposition and not showing us every damned thing.
Will our heroes try to save Jean Grey from the Phoenix Force? Will they be forced to pull a Wolverine in X3 and kill her? Is Mystique dead or was that one big misdirect? These are all legitimate questions, and make for an intriguing ad slate leading up to Thursday.
For this list, I’ll spare you the flowery prose, and just list some of the amazing movies this man has scored. That should really be enough:
- The Lion King
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- The Dark Knight
- Pearl Harbor
- Blade Runner 2049
- Black Hawk Down
- The Simpsons Movie, for God’s sake the man is a genius!
Because You Watched Endgame For The Exact Same Reason
Whether you stayed “Team X-Men” all the way back to the first movie in 2000, or abandoned ship somewhere in its crazy timeline, this is the end of an era. The first movie created a template for almost every comic book movie adaptation that would follow. It’s the reason we flock to cinemas to watch grown men and women squeeze into leather suits and fight CGI monsters every year without fail.
And now it’s ending. And, just like Avengers Endgame, that’s a big deal. We know Marvel’s bought the X-Men rights and are probably planning on doing something with them. But as of right now, nobody knows when next we’ll see these characters or their villains again.
And, for a superhero movie fan, nothing is scarier than knowing there’s nothing coming after the credits roll.