As we move forward in the X-Men franchise, we do know one tidbit about the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix film to get excited about: X-Men in space. And director Simon Kinberg also intends to bring back more of what fans love about the franchise (and got tons of in Logan): emotion.
Simon Kinberg is learning from past mistakes. The writer and producer who had a hand in many of the X-Men films in the last decade (like The Last Stand and Days of Future Past) knows some mistakes were made in last year's poorly reviewed X-Men: Apocalypse. In an interview with EW, he acknowledged just what went wrong.
“I think we took our eye off what has always been the bedrock of the franchise, which is these characters. It became about global destruction and visual effects over emotion and character.”
It doesn't help that according to producer Hutch Parker, the script for Apocalypse was "evolving" during filming. Kinberg is jumping into the director's chair for the first time for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which stars Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) in the role of Jean Grey. After encountering a solar flare in space, Phoenix rises to wreak havoc on the world. Kinberg hopes Dark Phoenix will refocus the franchise.
“One of the things I went into this film wanting to do is obviously focus on the characters and give them real emotions to play and come up with a theme that would make it feel relevant and necessary in today’s world.”
There's no doubt that we need more heroes in our world. So bring on the X-Men. X-Men: Dark Phoenix lands in theaters on November 2, 2018.