In case you’re not aware, X-Men in 2000 was the OG superhero film that kickstarted the entire superhero film genre: the blockbuster then earned USD$296.3 million out of a budget of USD$75m, and received positive reviews worldwide.
After the third film X-Men: The Last Stand, which was out in 2006, the franchise went through a reboot with X-Men: First Class in 2011, when reboots were a thing (think: Star Trek or Batman Begins). While a few rebooted films were pretty decent, they were nothing compared to the OG movies.
With Disney (that owns MCU) buying over 20th Century Fox, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is supposed to be the last X-Men film under 20th Century Fox, with rumours of the X-Men rights porting over to the MCU. It’s also supposedly the conclusion to the entire X-Men rebooted franchise as the characters would then move into the MCU.
Needless to say, fans have high expectations for this film.
Based on the headline (and reviews everywhere), I guess you’d know that it failed rather miserably.
Background of Dark Phoenix
Any X-Men fan would know about the Phoenix saga: the overused saga has been in the animated series, the OG X-Men movies and almost any media with Jean Gray.
Heck, I’ll go out on a limb and say that even non-X-Men fans would know about this saga of a girl who got superpowers from aliens and became evil while battling her inner demons.
And this is the exact issue: we know what’s coming. Now, it’s a matter of the delivery.
Unfortunately, the delivery, too, was a mess.