Filmed two years ago, a couple of release date delays and a reshot third act – X-Men: Dark Phoenix looked like it was doomed to fail from the start and yet the end result couldn’t be further from the truth. Fox’s fourth X-Men prequel movie is a fitting end to the franchise, paying tribute to the best-loved entries and correcting previous mishaps. Dark Phoenix may be a direct sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse, but it’s also a remake of X-Men: The Last Stand.
The latter is based on the X-Men Dark Phoenix comic book storyline when Jean Grey loses control of her powers to catastrophic effect.
However, 2006’s The Last Stand was a turkey and something X-Men producer – and now director of Dark Phoenix – Simon Kinberg wanted to get right.
Taking advantage of X-Men: Days of Future Past’s time travel creating an alternate timeline, he moved Jean Grey’s most famous storyline to a 1992 setting, following the previous prequel films’ traditional decade-jump-per-movie.
But Dark Phoenix doesn’t waste time justifying its existence in the convoluted canon but instead dives into one of the most adult dramas of the superhero genre in recent years – certainly since Logan.
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X-Men Dark Phoenix REVIEW: Spectacular finale is most MATURE of franchise since Logan (Image: FOX)