Right now everyone’s talking about the future of the X-Men franchise because it’s being reported that Disney is in talks to acquire Fox, and according to reports the deal is very close to becoming a reality.
If Disney does acquire Fox, it would mean huge changes for the X-Men film franchise, but until then the franchise is still moving ahead as planned.
As of right now there are three films from the X-Men universe set to be released in 2018, one of which is “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” which will attempt to adapt the iconic “Dark Phoenix” storyline from the comics.
EW has released a new cover featuring the first look at Jean Grey as Phoenix, and it can be viewed below.
The plot synopsis also reads as follows:
“Set in 1992, about 10 years after the events of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix opens with the X-Men, including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), in a new, unexpected role: national heroes. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) even lands on the cover of Time magazine. But his growing ego puts the team at risk. After they’re dispatched to space for a rescue mission, a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean (Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner)— the Phoenix.”
James McAvoy also teased that this will be the most emotional X-Men film yet.
“This is probably the most emotional X-Men we’ve done and the most pathos-driven,” McAvoy says. “There’s a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering.”
If the Disney/Fox deal goes down, and 2018 is the last year of the franchise as we know it, then it appears that it will be going out with a bang.
“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” will hit theaters in November of 2018.