Dark Phoenix: Everything We Know About The 2019 X-Men Movie
By Mat Elfring on
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
The X-Men franchise moves forward, and in 2019, the 11th movie in said franchise--including the three Wolverine movies--will hit theaters. Ignoring the fact that the newest line of X-Men films completely messes with the franchise's timeline, the new series of movies, which debut with First Class, has been a blast, filled with more highs than lows.
The latest movie, titled Dark Phoenix, tries once again to tell the tale of Jean Grey turning into the Dark Phoenix. This is something 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand tried to do and failed at horribly. From the looks of the first trailer, the movie seems a bit more grounded and less focussed on how much they can cram into a single movie.
While we're still months away from its release, there is a fair amount we know about the next X-Men movie, probably because it was originally supposed to hit theaters during the winter, before it was pushed to late spring. So if you can't wait for the next installment in the X-Men franchise and have to take in as much about the movie as possible, we got you covered.
Here's everything we know about Dark Phoenix, and if you want to learn more about 2019 movies that we're excited to see, check out our everything we know galleries about Godzilla: King of Monsters, Captain Marvel, Shazam, Wonder Woman 84, Star Wars: Episode IX, Toy Story 4, and Game of Thrones Season 8.
The tricky release date and its delays
As it stands, Dark Phoenix will hit theaters on June 9, 2019, which has been pushed back a few times in the past year. The day after the first trailer's release, the movie was pushed back from February 14 to its new June date. Originally, it was supposed to come out in early November, but Fox kept moving the dates back. However, with Marvel's buyout of Fox coming to a close, movie dates were shifted around for many movies, so the studio wouldn't be competing with itself.
The latest X-Men movie has all the cast of characters we've fallen in love with in previous movies with a few added extras. The biggest addition to this year's installment is Jessica Chastain as Smith, a very mysterious role, which we'll talk a bit more about in detail later. Here's the cast for the movie.
- Jennifer Lawrence is Raven/Mystique
- Sophie Turner is Jean Grey/Phoenix
- Nicholas Hoult is Hank McCoy/Beast
- James McAvoy is Professor Charles Xavier
- Michael Fassbender is Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
- Evan Peters is Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver
- Kodi Smit-McPhee is Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler
- Evan Jonigkeit is rumored to be Mortimer Toynbee/Toad
- Tye Sheridan is Scott Summers/Cyclops
- Alexandra Shipp is Ororo Munroe/Storm
- Jessica Chastain is Smith
Who is directing?
Dark Phoenix will be directed by none other than Simon Kinberg, someone who has a long history with the X-Men franchise. While he was one of the writers of the aforementioned X-Men: The Last Stand--the movie that we all thought killed the franchise--Kinberg was also the screenwriter of Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. Dark Phoenix will be his feature-length directorial debut.
Fans of the X-Men comic books have a good idea of what this movie will be about. Obviously, the film revolves around Jean Grey and her becoming the Dark Phoenix. As to whether or not its a cosmic entity is still unknown--we'll get to that--but from what we know, this movie is also very much about rifts growing between the X-Men and all mutants. Obviously, the X-Men will have to face Jean Grey and stop Dark Phoenix from destroying the world, as this franchise loves villains who can destroy the world.
The X-Men go to space, the final frontier… for X-Men movies
While we don't know the extent of how much the mutant team will spend in space, we do know for a fact they will be there. During New York Comic-Con, we got a look at roughly 10 minutes of the movie, where the team heads to space, and Jean Grey ends up becoming the Phoenix. We'll leave out the specifics, but this is an important moment because so much of Phoenix's origin is tied heavily to the cosmic part of the Marvel universe. Will the team head back space any time else during the movie, we're unsure about that at this time.
Rumors around the plot
Obviously, not everything is laid out all nice and fresh for everyone when it comes to the story. There is also Jessica Chastain's role of Smith, and it's hard to tell how she fits into the grand scheme of things, from what we've seen in the trailer. There are a couple theories floating around. One of which is that she's actually Lilandra or someone else involved with the Shi'ar Empire--some folks from space who want to put the Phoenix on trial. Or Smith is actually Mastermind, one of the members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, who manipulates Jean Grey in the comics. The latter seems more plausible. One thing is for sure though, Smith isn't Smith.
Lines drawn in the sand
This movie seems like it's going to drastically affect the X-Men team in future movies. Obviously, the timeline for the First Class run of movies is completely different than the original three X-Men movies from the early 2000s, so all bets are off. In the trailer, we see a greater rift between Magneto and Professor X, where Charles is running his X-Men school and Magneto has founded his all-mutant island/nation/piece of land called Genosha.
It doesn't stop there though, as there is a greater rift between Charles and Beast, who are supposed to be the closest characters in this series. This raises the question of what's going to happen by the end of this movie? Will there be multiple X-Men teams, one led by Charles and the other led by Beast?
Hans Zimmer comes out of retirement
Legendary composer Hans Zimmer called it quits on superhero movies after composing Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, he will continue to score Dark Phoenix as he found Simon Kinberg came in very prepared and professional, which was a plus in his book.