It's no secret that superhero movies are everywhere. The genre is the most profitable one in the film world, with three separate shared universes fighting for box office dominance every few months. The X-Men franchise largely started it all, and is still going strong in the 18 years since Bryan Singer's first blockbuster hit theaters. While the fans are eager to see the horror inspired New Mutants and Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool 2, the franchise's main narrative will continue with X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Everyone has been teasing a dark journey for Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, and now Tye Sheridan seems to have confirmed one detail: Jean is going to lose it. He recently said,
Jean goes crazy in the movie. Well, Cyclops doesn't think she's going crazy --- Cyclops just thinks she's gotta work some stuff out. It's interesting, the drama in the movie. We treated this movie as much more of a drama versus a superhero film.
It looks like Sophie Turner is going to really have time to shine in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. This is the franchise's second attempt to nail down Jean's most iconic comic book arc, and this one seems like it's going to take a serious toll on the character's psyche.
Tye Sheridan's comment to The Wrap also indicates that Dark Phoenix is going to be quite different than his debut appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse. Apocalypse misstepped by getting too caught up in the spectacle and action of it all. The final battle was quite long, and while we were facing a world ending threat, the stakes still never felt high. Aside from the title character, few characters actually perished from the battle.
But Dark Phoenix is going to be more of a drama, at least according to Tye Sheridan. Perhaps director Simon Kinberg heard the critical and audience feedback, and decided to become a bit more focused on character development and intimate scenes. This formula did wonders for James Mangold's Logan, which provided the closest look into the title character's psyche in the entire X-Men franchise.
While Tye Sheridan maintains the upcoming X-Men movie is more of a drama than a superhero film, there are sure to be some major thrills coming from Dark Phoenix. The film will take the team of mutants into space for the very first time, which is sure to be an exciting sequence. It's likely during this mission that Jean comes into contact with the Phoenix Force, although the power was teased to be within her during the events of Apocalypse. While Moira MacTaggert won't appear in the next film, hopefully the right mixture of action and heart can be inserted into the Dark Phoenix.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will arrive in theaters November 2, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.