Looking back, the X-Men franchise was key in the development of the modern comic book movie genre, and 18 years after it started it's as strong as it's ever been. While the Disney-Fox deal will certainly change things in the future, the franchise is generating interesting-looking spin-offs, and looks like it has some big plans brewing. Not to be forgotten, however, is the main series of films, and it's the next chapter that we're here to discuss today.
After a relatively quick production period, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is now a bit less than a year away from release nationwide. But what is it about? Who is making it? What characters can we expect to appear? We cover all of these questions and more in our What We Know So Far guide below, so read on and learn!
What Have We Seen From Dark Phoenix?
It's been a long road, but September 26, 2018 finally delivered the first trailer from the highly anticipated movie. As you can see above, it goes heavy on the stress caused to Jean by meeting with the Phoenix force, and the resulting toll that will take on her friends and the world around her. But, it almost completely leaves out any cool scenes of that meeting and most of the space action that would have led to it. It's good to have something from the film to sink our superhero loving teeth into, but we can't wait to see what subsequent trailers will show us.
What Is Dark Phoenix's Release Date?
In 2017, the Marvel Cinematic Universe achieved something never before seen in Hollywood: releasing three franchise titles in the span of one calendar year. Well, in 2018 the X-Men movies were ready to compete. January through June should have seen both Josh Boone's The New Mutants and David Leitch's Deadpool 2 unleashed on the world, with 20th Century Fox is saving X-Men: Dark Phoenix for the winter months, having set it to come out on November 2, 2018. That changed with some shakeups to scheduling in January and March of 2018, though. First, The New Mutants was pushed from April 13, 2018, to February 22, 2019 and then to August 2, 2019. Dark Phoenix retained its November release date through the first scheduling change, but late March saw the superhero film get pushed to February 2019.
But then, just two days after the first trailer was released in late September 2018, Fox did more shuffling and set Dark Phoenix down on June 7, 2019. With the exception of Deadpool and Logan, which hit theaters in the first quarters of their respective years, the X-Men movies have traditionally been spring and summer releases, which makes this new strategy fall more in line with what we generally see. While February is no longer a stranger to comic book blockbusters in the modern era, thanks to the aforementioned Deadpool and the recent, completely massive success of Black Panther, this release makes a lot more sense for the film. Rumors on the date change have suggested that the studio believes X-Men: Dark Phoenix will simply perform better then, especially in China, which went crazy for the trailer after it came out.
What Is Dark Phoenix's Rating?
Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe, the X-Men franchise has been a bit more experimental when it comes to the ratings of their comic book movies -- and it's resulted in some incredible success. Even though audiences under 18 couldn't see them without a parent or guardian, the aforementioned Deadpool and Logan both managed to bring in tons of cash appealing to more mature audiences. Because of these wins, there are now ratings conversations to be had about ever developing X-Men title at Fox, but it doesn't look like X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be rocking the boat.
To date, all of the main X-Men titles -- including X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse -- have all been PG-13, and that trend will continue with X-Men: Dark Phoenix. It surely will have (mostly bloodless) violence and thrilling sequences that might be too much for young viewers, but don't expect tons of gore, nudity or profanity.