‘Dark Phoenix’ Just Had the Worst Opening in ‘X-Men’ History

Carla Harmon
June 9, 2019

Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for X-Men Dark Phoenix.

Since her character is fighting between two personalities (Jean Grey and Dark Phoenix) throughout the film, Sophie Turner had to find ways to fully embody someone living with mental illness. With Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner starring as the titular character alongside Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy, it seemed Dark Phoenix would draw in huge numbers. The film also sees Michael Fassbender return as Magneto alongside Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Red Lotus (Andrew Stehlin), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Selene (Kota Eberhardt). In both movies the key relationships for Phoenix are with a love interest (Tye Sheridan's Scott Summers/Cyclops here, James Marsden's Cyclops and Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in the original), father figure Charles Xavier/Professor X (James McAvoy) and various side characters - some developed, others not so much.

Check out what he had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.

Why he felt ready to direct and why he wasn't intimidated by the scale of the film. The film is expected to have a grand first-day opening and as per the reports, it might also bypass Bharat's collection in India.

Which character is the easiest for him to write and which one is the hardest? "That's what I was going for with Dark Phoenix's ending even though it then might have looked like Captain Marvel for about two minutes". Globe-trotting without feeling like it gets anywhere, packed with quips without being amusing, and featuring muddy, messy action devoid of excitement, Godzilla II is a mostly pointless in-between instalment before the inevitable King Kong/Godzilla showdown to come.

Why he wanted to create Genosha in the film.

What was the last thing he cut out of the movie and why? That sets in motion a series of subplots, all of them borrowed from other (not always better) movies.

The final moment of Dark Phoenix sees a large firebird appear over the Earth. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. That's when Dark Phoenix is the strongest, when it's dealing with complex human emotions, not when it's trying to save the planet from aliens who want to take advantage of Jean and destroy the galaxy. Continuing the recent tradition of setting one "X-Men" film in each of the last four decades of the 20th century, this one takes place in 1992 and starts when Grey bonds with the Phoenix Force after absorbing a solar flare into her body.

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