Dark Phoenix (also marketed and later released on home media as X-Men: Dark Phoenix) is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics X-Men characters. It is a sequel to 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, the seventh and final mainline installment in the X-Men film series, and the twelfth installment overall. The film was written, co-produced, and directed by Simon Kinberg (in his feature directorial debut). The film held its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on June 4, 2019 and was theatrically released in the United States on June 7, 2019, produced, and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean is nearly killed when she's hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. The X-Men must now band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Grey's new abilities to rule the galaxy.
Why It Sucks
- It messes up the X-Men timeline even more. Which was already a mess prior to this film. The film takes place in 1992, but none of the main characters looked like they aged since the previous films.
- James McAvoy's Professor Xavier and Michael Fassbender's Magneto age into Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in the timespan of eight years.
- Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, and Beast look like they did not age since the 1962, (which is is about 30 years in this time.)
- Quicksilver also looked like he didn't age 19 years since the 1973.
- Cyclops, Jean, Storm, and Nightcrawler also didn't look like they age 9 years since 1983.
- A lot of the villains, especially major villains like Magneto are incredibly nerfed.
- The film's main antagonist, Vuk, appears one-dimensional and has generic goals.
- The plot with Jean Grey getting the phoenix force is made more confusing, since she had it in X-Men: Apocalypse in the new timeline and defeated Apocalypse with it and she also had it in X-Men: The Last Stand in the original timeline.
- The story itself is all over the place.
- When Jean gets the Phoenix Force, there are a lot of people hunting her down and some people going out to help her etc.
- Professor Xavier repeats the same motivation as he did in X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Mystique's death was spoiled directly in the trailer.
- The characters are still bland and uninteresting like most of the cast in the X-Men films that aren't Professor X, Wolverine, and Magneto. Though Xavier and Magneto aren't that well written here.
- The scene where Mystique suggested to Xavier that he should change the team name to "X-Women" drew controversy for enforcing unnecessary SJW propaganda rather than good writing. Not to mention, it hurt the film even more and caused to bomb considerably.
- Mystique was very unlikable, she blames Xavier for never taking a risk, despite him taking multiple risks in other films.
- As mentioned stated, Mystique's death scene was cringe-worthy, disgusting and unsettling to look at. Not counting how terrible this version of her was compared to the Original Trilogy version.
- Jean Grey's music theme was OK, but got really annoying at times.
- Bad production values, and the film refuses to have color of any sort like most of the X-Men films.￼
- Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique make-up looks cheap and half-finished.
- Nightcrawler seems a little bit out of character.
- A lot of the time he has an evil expression in some scenes.
- And he kills people? Most notably where he stabs someone with his tail and barges in front of a car.
- Quicksilver was heavily underutilized and has less than three minutes of screen time, and half of it was just him standing in the background.
- Very bad pacing, especially most of the time Jean is afraid to fight and a lot of characters are being tossed in a lot.
- Awful writing.
- A lot of corny and unintentionally funny moments.
- In the final scene when Jean was able to use her powers to destroy aliens' ships, which is a copy-paste of the final battle in Captain Marvel.
- Amazing musical score composed by Hans Zimmer.
- The performances are decent, just like the many X-Men movies.
- James McAvoy's Professor X looks like his comic book counterpart.
- In relation to WIS#17, the movie has unintentionally funny moments.
Dark Phoenix received generally unfavorable reviews from critics, even more than X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was at the time considered the worst film in the franchise until this movie came along, with many viewed it as a disappointing and anticlimactic conclusion to Fox's X-Men series, although the performances of the cast and Hans Zimmer's score were praised. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 22% based on 366 reviews, with an average rating of 4.63/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Dark Phoenix ends an era of the X-Men franchise by taking a second stab at adapting a classic comics arc—with deeply disappointing results.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 43 out of 100, based on 52 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews.". However, audience reception was more mixed, with a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B- in Cinemascore, the latter being the worst reviewed in the X-Men series.
Dark Phoenix was a box office bomb with a worldwide gross of $252 million, and as a result, the film was the lowest-grossing installment in the series. The failure of this film significantly lessened 20th Century Fox's autonomy after Disney acquired the company, with Disney taking a more hands-on approach to handling their new subsidiary than they did with Pixar, Marvel Studios, or Lucasfilm.
- Initially, Dark Phoenix was meant to be the first installment of a new trilogy focusing on the younger versions of the original X-Men characters. However, after Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, plans for a trilogy were scrapped. Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that any future X-Men films would be produced by Marvel Studios as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.