Back on January 12th, Comic Book Resources reported that in addition to Deadpool 2 and The New Mutants, it appeared Fox was ready to start pre-production on another X-Men film, this one titled X-Men: Supernova. After a short period of speculation that this might be the “X-Men in space” film that Bryan Singer wanted to do, CBR then reported that the working title of the film was X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Which certainly puts things in a whole other light.
The Dark Phoenix Saga, for those who aren’t X-Men fans, is one of the most beloved X-Men storylines ever. It involves Jean Grey, who had been wielding the enormous power of the Phoenix for a little bit, being manipulated by Mastermind until she snapped and turned into the Dark Phoenix — at which point, she ate a sun (and caused an entire planet full of aliens to die). Although she eventually turned back into non-dark Jean Grey, the Sh’iar still decided she needed punishment and the storyline eventually ended with her committing suicide to stop the Dark Phoenix from ever happening again. (And then later on, it was revealed this wasn’t actually Jean Grey, but a duplicate and the real Jean was in a cocoon under Jamaica Bay and...just go listen to Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, okay?)
The Dark Phoenix Saga has been adapted for the cartoon and, more infamously, for X-Men: The Last Stand, where it was reduced to Jean going evil for no reason, killing Professor X and Cyclops, and then getting stabbed by Wolverine.
So: if X-Men: Supernova is another adaptation of The Dark Phoenix Saga, do you think it’ll be better than that? After all, the response to X-Men: Apocalypse was pretty much “meh.” And if Singer is directing again, this might turn out to be “meh” again — the last movie Bryan Singer made that I thought was really good was X-Men: Days of Future Past. But then again, in adapting another story (as opposed to simply a villain like Apocalypse), perhaps he can recapture that Days of Future Past magic?
Personally, I’d love to see the X-Men encounter the Shi’ar or even adapt the Brood Saga and make that what turns Jean into the Dark Phoenix.
But then again, I really liked Sophie Turner as Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse and I would rather she not die. Perhaps we could go with a version of the Dark Phoenix that ends a bit happier?