X-Men: The Last Stand gave Marvel mutant fans their first taste of one of the comic’s most classic stories, but the taste was rushed and unsatisfying. Now that the Dark Phoenix saga is getting its own film, there should be plenty of time to explain the telepathic Jean Grey's transformation into the omnipotent and genocidal superbeing the Phoenix.
That character will be played by Sophie Turner in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, who, after fighting through the oddball Power Rangers-esque ‘80s in Apocalypse, will have her encounter with the cosmic force that awakens all of her potent mental abilities. This leads to a lot of death. A lot. So where does the comedy of these films fit into the tone? Scene-stealing Quicksilver (Evan Peters) might have his work cut out for him to provide comic relief to this story. In fact, Peters assures us that’s the case.
In an interview with Collider, Peters said of Dark Phoenix that “it’s the classic X-Men: First Class tone, where there’s a bit of humor thrown in there, but it’s much darker than the previous one, Apocalypse." First Class was a pretty light movie focused on character introductions and superpower discovery, but still delved into the emotions of otherness that have always defined the franchise.
"Apocalypse was the ‘80s, so there was a lot of room for goofy stuff in there. This one is a much more serious film about the internal struggle of Phoenix and Jean, so it’s a dramatic film,” Peters said. “There’s nothing very comedic about it, other than the few moments that are in there. I think it’s gonna be a powerful one. It’s Dark Phoenix. I think it’s gonna be darker than we’re used to. It’s gonna be a change, but it’s gonna be fun for everybody."
His confidence in the tonal change, along with first-time director (but longtime X-Men producer) Simon Kinberg, is steadying -- and with Logan and Deadpool giving us different flavors of the successful R-rated superhero film, audiences could be ready for an X-Men film that doesn’t pull any punches.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is scheduled to come out on February 14, 2019.