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Match View production, box office, & company info To celebrate the June 7 release of the new X-Men film Dark Phoenix, The IMDb Show hits the streets to ask fans which mutants deserve yearbook superlatives.
But when a mission goes wrong, Jean is exposed to a dark and ancient power. Now that this power is becoming unstable, she releases it with destruction and anger.
To celebrate the June 7 release of the new X-Men film Dark Phoenix, The IMDb Show hits the streets to ask fans which mutants deserve yearbook superlatives. But when a mission goes wrong, Jean is exposed to a dark and ancient power.
Now that this power is becoming unstable, she releases it with destruction and anger. Now that this foreign power is consuming her, and the world is threatened, the X-Men have to face an important truth: they must save either the world, or their friend who threatens it.
Motion Picture Rating (MPA) Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action including some gun play, disturbing images, and brief strong language| See all certifications » Edit Goofs (at around 47 mins) When Professor X is telling Beast about how he met Raven, the whiskey bottle on the table rotates between shots.
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. The film was written, co-produced, and directed by Simon Kin berg (in his feature directorial debut) and stars an ensemble cast featuring James McEvoy, Michael Fassbinder, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Holt, Sophie Turner, The Sheridan, Alexandra Ships, and Jessica Captain.
In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men are forced to face the full power of the Phoenix after a mission in space goes wrong. After X-Men : Days of Future Past (2014) erased the events of X-Men : The Last Stand (2006) from the series' timeline, Kin berg expressed interest in a new adaptation of Chris Claremont and John Byrne's The Dark Phoenix Saga in a future film that would be more faithful than his previous attempt with The Last Stand, which was met with a mixed reception, with even Kin berg and co-writer Oak Penn ultimately unimpressed with the final product.
Kin berg signed on as director in June 2017, with the majority of the cast was set to return from Apocalypse. Filming began later that month in Montreal and was completed in October 2017; the entire third act was later reshot in late 2018, following poor test screenings.
The film was dedicated to the memory of X-Men co-creator Stan Lee, who died in 2018. Dark Phoenix was theatrically released in the United States on June 7, 2019, produced, and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
It is the lowest-grossing installment in the main series, and the second-lowest grossing X-Men film behind The New Mutants (2020), which was released in theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic. It grossed only $252million worldwide on a $200 million production budget, which due to high marketing and distribution costs saw it lose upwards of estimated $133 million for the studio overall, becoming the biggest box office bomb of 2019 according to Deadline Hollywood.
The film received generally negative reviews from critics; 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. In 1992, the X-Men respond to a distress signal from the Space Shuttle”Endeavor”, which has been critically damaged by solar flare-themed energy.
Miraculously, she survives the blast and absorbs the energy, saving her team's aircraft from destruction. However, as a result of the energy, her psychic powers are greatly amplified, and her emotional state begins to deteriorate, leading Raven Darkroom to scold Xavier.
As she becomes increasingly stressed, Jean's powers continue to become harder to control. She accidentally unleashes her power on mutants celebrating the victory in space at Xavier's school.
Xavier reveals to the rest of the X-Men that he had placed mental blocks in Jean's mind as a young girl to keep her from retaining her childhood trauma. Meanwhile, the mental blocks in Jean's mind are destroyed by her enhanced power and her childhood trauma slowly returns, filling her with rage and pain.
She travels to her hometown after having visions of her father speaking to her. Upon arriving, she finds her father alive; he had survived the car crash but forsook her afterwards.
Jean recovers her complete memory of the car accident and realizes that, unable to control her powers at such a young age, she had accidentally rendered her mother unconscious at the wheel with her telepathy, inadvertently causing the crash that killed her. The realization that she is responsible for her mother's death causes her to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, and her powers spiral even further out of control.
The X-Men arrive, and after a brief skirmish, Xavier pauses time to allow Raven to try to persuade Jean to come back home. Raven lands on shrapnel, which pierces through her body and kills her.
Jean flees as Hank McCoy weeps over Raven's body. Jean travels to the island of Kenosha, a mutant refuge run by Erik Lehnsherr.
She asks for his help in controlling her rage, and initially, he agrees. However, U.S. military helicopters appear on the island shortly after, demanding Jean's surrender.
She engages the military forces in combat, but Erik saves them. Jean flees again and meets UK, the leader of a shape-shifting alien race known as the D'Bar, who has assumed human form.
She explains to Jean that the cosmic force she encountered in space has bonded to her body. UK then reveals that the force had wiped out the D'Bar home planet and had continued to consume all those in its path, causing destruction wherever it went until it was drawn to Jean.
Hank, grieving over Raven's death, blames Charles for failing to keep her safe. He leaves the school and allies with Erik and his faction of mutants, in an attempt to kill Jean in New York City and avenge Raven.
Upon learning of Erik's plan, the X-Men fly to New York to try to save Jean. As they battle, Erik manages to enter the building and confronts Jean, only to be defeated by her amplified powers.
However, it is revealed that doing so would kill her and that UK intends to use the force to conquer Earth. Scott Summers prevents UK from fully absorbing the force from Jean by blasting her with his optic beam, though Jean loses consciousness from the ordeal.
U.S. government troops arrive and, using stun weapons and power-inhibiting collars, attack and subdue both mutant factions. All the mutants are then placed on a train headed towards a containment facility.
When the shape-shifters overpower the soldiers, the mutants are freed from their restraints to combat the threat. Charles and Scott convince Hank, Erik, and his allies that Jean is still inherently good and not beyond help.
Now united to protect Jean, the mutants deal with most of the D'Bar attackers, until UK arrives and heads for Jean, defeating each mutant who attempts to stop her. Charles confers with Jean within his mind, allowing her to regain control.
She forgives Charles for his errors, understanding that he did what he did out of love and that the X-Men became her real family when her father abandoned her. Jean awakens and breaks free of her restraints, saving the mutants from UK's attack and the ensuing train wreck before disintegrating the remaining D'Bar as they attack her.
Jean unleashes all her power and kills UK, but the strain causes her to vanish in a burst of energy in the form of a phoenix. In the aftermath of the incident, Xavier's school is renamed the “Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters”, and Hank becomes their new dean with Charles having retired.
While settling himself in Paris, Charles is surprised at a café by Erik, who offers to play a game of chess. The cast of Dark Phoenix promoting the film at the 2019 Anderson.
Top to bottom (scrollable): Holt, Turner, Sheridan, Ships, Smit-McPhee, and Peters. Many of the characters in the film turn against Xavier as some of his decisions regarding Jean Grey's abilities are revealed.
Director Simon Kin berg felt that the character always acts out of concern for the “greater good,” though he may make some “misguided” choices at times. Kin berg hoped that each character would come across as having “a valid point of view” in the film.
Michael Fassbinder as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto : Quicksilver's father and a powerful mutant who can control magnetic fields and manipulate metal, he is Xavier's former best friend and often rival. Magneto has formed a community of mutant refugees on the island of Kenosha, which Kin berg compared to Israel in it being a homeland where mutants can be safe.
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkroom / Mystique : A shape-shifting mutant and Xavier's adopted sister. Lawrence described her role in the film as more maternal than before, as she leads the younger X-Men.
The film continues growing the schism between Mystique and Xavier, with Mystique not approving of some of Xavier's methods, though Kin berg hoped that this would be more subtle in Dark Phoenix than in the previous X-Men films. He is a teacher at Xavier's School and helps lead the younger X-Men.
Sophie Turner as Jean Grey / Phoenix : An extremely powerful mutant scared of her telepathic and telekinetic powers who is one of Xavier's most prized students. Turner studied dissociative identity disorder and schizophrenia for the role, particularly for scenes where she has to change from the vulnerable Jean to the confident Phoenix.
Kin berg said Turner has the lead role in the film, a first for the actress. Summer Fontana portrays a young Jean Grey.
Alexandra Ship pas Promo Monroe / Storm : An African mutant who can control the weather. Peters described the character as more mature and subdued in the film, being focused on using his abilities for good as a member of the X-Men.
Jodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler : A German mutant who can teleport. Jessica Captain as UK / Margaret Smith: The leader of a shape-shifting alien race known as the D'Bar who seeks to capture and destroy the Phoenix.
Kin berg described her as “the devil on Jean's shoulder,” while Captain called her character “clinical.” Captain also plays Margaret Smith, the woman UK impersonates.
Additionally, Iota Eberhardt portrays telepath Selene Gallic, while Andrew Stealing portrays Alike, a mutant who can utilize his hair braids as a weapon; the character that was initially reported as Red Lotus. Veteran X-Men writer Chris Claremont makes a cameo appearance as a White House guest during the scene when Xavier accepts his award for rescuing the crew of the space shuttle Endeavor.
The character of Jean Grey / Phoenix was instead explored “subtly”, with the intention of the full story being adapted in the next film instead. Singer did not return to direct the sequel, X-Men : The Last Stand, which was written by Penn and Simon Kin berg.
The studio chose to adapt the Dark Phoenix Saga” as only one of the film's “parallel storylines”, with an executive at 20th Century Fox suggesting that the Gifted storyline also be in that film. This version of the story was not well-received by fans and critics.
Kin berg stated that he and Penn were ultimately unhappy with how the adaptation turned out as well. After the timeline of the X-Men franchise was reconned with the 2014 film X-Men : Days of Future Past, it was noted that a new adaptation of the Dark Phoenix Saga” could be made that ignores the events of The Last Stand.
He added that he also hoped to see the cast of the previous trilogy of films return, namely James McEvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbinder as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, and Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkroom / Mystique. In July, Kin berg said he would begin writing the next mainline X-Men film “real soon”.
That November, Fox was said to be pressing “the reset button” on the franchise due to the financial and critical under-performance of Apocalypse, with the franchise being reconfigured and Singer not returning to direct the next film. McEvoy, Fassbinder, Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult's contracts from the previous trilogy had ended, but Kin berg was optimistically writing the new script with them in mind.
Also in February, Turner confirmed that she would return for the film. The studio was also looking to negotiate new deals with Lawrence, Fassbinder, McEvoy, and Holt to return.
He also reiterated that he would adapt “The Dark Phoenix Saga” differently to how it was for The Last Stand if given another opportunity to do so. However, in late pre-production the studio decided to produce one film with the prequel cast as new management didn't want any more X-Men movies set in the past due to the reception of X-Men : Apocalypse, which resulted in rewrites.
However, there were still plans for a Phoenix sequel with an eventual crossover with the New Mutants series based on the Inferno storyline, but those plans were ultimately cancelled due the Disney merger. Chris Claremont also confirmed the two-film plan and revealed that the first film features Phoenix and the second film was supposed to feature the Dark Phoenix.
Concept art revealed that the film was to originally feature the return of Emma Frost with a new incarnation of the Hellfire Club. The new members were Harry Leland, Friedrich von Room, Ferris, Shinobi Shaw, and the Red Lotus gang (who Andrew Stealing was originally set to play).
They were replaced with the Skulls as the film's villains after the script was rewritten, but later after reshoots, the D'Bar were chosen as the alien race. However, the role the aliens play in the story was still based on the Hellfire Club, with Jessica Captain's character being inspired by Mastermind and Emma Frost.
More concept art revealed that the scene with the D’Bar watching Charles Xavier at the White House was an element from the earlier script, as the Hellfire Club can be seen watching the event on television at their lair. According to visual effects' supervisor Greg Butler, the story was originally meant to be more cosmic, but that aspect of the Phoenix was meant for the second part of a two-film story.
In June 2017, it was rumored that the Shi'AR alien race would be featured in the film, and Angelina Jolie was being looked at for a role, though she was not expected to accept the part. Jessica Captain was also potentially being considered for the same character.
Simon Kin berg stated that if he had had four hours to tell the story, he would have included the Hellfire Club and Linda. Kin berg said at the start of March 2017 that he and producer Hutch Parker had begun early prep on the film, and that Supernova was just a code name they had been using for the sequel.
He said that they began discussing the story for the film during post-production on Apocalypse, and that they wanted to do “something bold and radical and expand the universe in the same way that Logan feels bold and radical and certainly Deadpool does as well.” In pitching the film to the studio, Kin berg used real world imagery such as footage of disasters or lightning strikes, and focused on an organic and relevant approach as a response to criticisms of Apocalypse's heightened reality.
Fox officially titled the film Dark Phoenix in April 2017, and gave it a release date of November 2, 2018. Fassbinder indicated in May that he would be returning for the film, and Parker soon hinted that a younger version of the character Rogue could appear, and that the film could possibly explore the cosmic elements of the Dark Phoenix storyline.
In addition to Turner, Apocalypse actors Alexandra Ships, The Sheridan, and Jodi Smit-McPhee were also confirmed to be returning, while producers for the film were revealed to be Kin berg and Parker. At that time, Captain was in talks to join the cast as Shi'AR Empress Linda, the film's villain.
The film's script was said to “hew closer” to the original Dark Phoenix Saga” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne than The Last Stand did. Despite being initially listed as a producer, Lauren Ruler Donner had no involvement in the film and was only given credit due to contract terms.
It was later revealed that the character Dazzler would appear in the film, after being hinted at in a scene that was eventually deleted from Apocalypse. Daniel Orlando returned as costume designer for the film after doing so on Logan, and worked with Kin berg to come up with costumes for the X-Men that were closer to the original comic designs that Kin berg had wanted to see in the films since he first joined the franchise, but had never been in a position to control before.
The final costumes for the film feature the yellow-and-blue design of the original comics, but combine features of designs from many incarnations of the group. Kin berg also looked to Logan for general design inspiration, wanting to replicate the “naturalistic” and “handmade” quality of that film for the costumes, sets, props, and title design.
He felt that this would give more impact to the large-scale elements of the film, and help it be more emotional, comparing this idea to the original Star Wars films. Principal photography began on June 28, 2017, in Montreal, Quebec, under the working title Teen Spirit.
Filming primarily took place at MEALS Studios. Before the end of the month, Evan Peters was set to reprise his role as “audience favorite” character Quicksilver from the previous films, and Lamar Johnson joined the cast in an undisclosed role.
He later clarified that the film would still include alien characters as in the comic storyline, an element that was ignored for the Last Stand adaptation but which he felt was integral to the story. By September, Daniel Cud more had stated that he would be appearing in the film, but could not confirm whether he would be reprising his role as Colossus from previous films in the franchise.
While Olivia Mann had initially said that she would reprise her role as Locke, by February 2019, she revealed that she was unable to reprise her role due to scheduling conflicts with filming The Predator. In December 2017, Kin berg revealed that the film would be in post-production for almost a year, longer than usual for the series, because he wanted to take the time to have the visual effects look right by focusing on the “nuance” of the effects rather than the scale.
He also explained that he “felt in his gut” that this was the story that he needed to tell once Singer left the franchise, and that his vision for the film was “so clear in my head, emotionally and visually, that it would have killed me to hand this to somebody else to direct.” It becomes a “fight for Jean's soul” and features a twist that was intended to have significant repercussions on the entire franchise.
Lawrence revealed that she had worked to convince Kin berg to direct the film, and had promised to return for it if he did so, despite her dislike of the make-up required to portray her character. It was also revealed then that the film would introduce a version of the island Kenosha, adapted to the film as a mutant refuge led by Magneto; and that it would focus on the female characters more so than previous films in the series, particularly Jean Grey as both the protagonist and antagonist of the film, and Captain's character, with whom Grey has a complex relationship.
Fox delayed the film's release in March 2018, pushing it back from November 2, 2018, to February 14, 2019. This was because Fox and Kin berg wanted to schedule some routine reshoots for the film after receiving feedback from audiences during a test screening, but were not able to get all the necessary cast members together until August or September 2018.
This would not have left enough time to complete post-production work such as visual effects for the additional footage before the November 2018 release date. Specifically, Kin berg was looking to rework the third act of the film, and re-wrote part of the script ahead of the reshoots.
With post-production already underway, the film was believed to have been under-budget, while the planned reshoots would cost less than $10million. Additionally, Kin berg and the studio had been looking to change the film's release date for “some time” to avoid competing with the Christmas-oriented film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
At the end of April, a Fox panel at the 2018 Cinema revealed the first logo for the film. By that August, the reshoots were expected to take place in Montreal over two-and-a-half weeks, though the Quebec Film and Television Bureau believed that these reshoots would take up to three months to complete, due to scheduling conflicts among the cast members.
The reshoots were set to take place at MTL Grande studios since MEALS Studios was reserved for another production during the reshoot period, and had begun by August 31. This date was seen as a better time to release the film in China, where the trailer received more attention than in the United States, while also allowing it to take advantage of premium screens that had previously been reserved for Fox's newly delayed and later canceled Gambit film.
The move was also reportedly to appease James Cameron, who had Anita: Battle Angel moved from December to February and did not want competition from another Fox would-be blockbuster; Kin berg and Dark Phoenix producers opposed the change as the film was not made for a summer and was facing heavy competition. Evan Peters stated in January 2018 that Hans Zimmer was composing the score for the film, despite Zimmer having said in March 2016 that he would not score another superhero film following his experience working on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Zimmer later explained that in conversations with director Ron Howard he was convinced to not keep a “blanket” view, and to focus on waiting for the right story rather than avoiding an entire genre. When Kin berg approached him at a concert to talk about his vision for Dark Phoenix, Zimmer realized that the story was one that he wanted to help tell, and that the film was an opportunity for something that he had always wanted to try in a film score; he decided to join the production.
In writing the film's score, Zimmer wrote new themes for the X-Men, Magneto, and the Phoenix, and chose to omit previously established themes written by previous composer John Ottoman. On May 23, 2019, the track “Extraordinary Being” by Email Sand was released as the official soundtrack.
A second album, entitled Experiments from Dark Phoenix, containing previously unreleased suites and themes written for the film was announced on July 25. Zimmer later revealed in an interview with Scala Radio that over 16 hours of music was written for the film, and that he was fighting to get a second disk released after the critical and financial failure of the film.
Dark “4:273.” Frameshift”8:154.” Amity”5:525.” Intimate”10:146.” Negative”3:587.” Deletion”4:518.” Reckless”9:359.” Insertion”7:5610. “X-SS”2:01Total length: 78:43 Turner revealed the first trailer for Dark Phoenix on The Late Show with James Borden on September 26, 2018, before Fox released it online.
Responses to the trailer widely considered it to be too similar to X-Men : The Last Stand. Game McMillan and Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that this feeling could have been avoided if the trailer had shown more of the film's space and alien elements, which would have differentiated it from the Last Stand adaptation.
Scott Mendel son at Forbes called the trailer “dull,” and said that it's focusing on the characters rather than big effects or action was a risk by Fox, given that audiences have indicated through the box office numbers of X-Men : Apocalypse that they are not necessarily interested in this version of the X-Men characters. The trailer was watched 8million times within 24 hours on Fox's YouTube channel, but received 44million views within that same time period across Chinese social media platforms, leading to Fox re-focusing their release plans on China.
All-in-all, some press estimated that the studio spent around $90 million promoting the film. In March 2019, Vanity Fair had reported that the film faced promotional difficulties as long-term employees on the marketing team vacated as the result of lay-offs from the merger with Disney.
They reported that a Fox marketing executive said: “We know when we are dropping a trailer, but we are nowhere near where we should be at this time. Deadline Hollywood also reported that they too heard of the marketing campaign being in disarray since February and cited it as a major factor to the film's financial failure.
They also report that Disney had attempted to integrate the film into their marketing but did not have enough time, which Simon Kin berg had confirmed in a CRW podcast. On May 23, 2019, the official video of the soundtrack Extraordinary Being by Email Sand was released, showing moments from the film.
It was previously slated for November 2, 2018, then rescheduled to be released on February 14, 2019, before being pushed to June. It is known as X-Men : Dark Phoenix for release in countries outside the United States.
The film held its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California on June 4, 2019. Dark Phoenix grossed $65.8million in the United States and Canada, and $186.6million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $252.4million.
The film has been widely described as a box office failure. Deadline Hollywood calculated the net loss of the film to be $133million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues.
In the United States and Canada, Dark Phoenix was released alongside The Secret Life of Pets 2, and was initially projected to gross $50–60million from 3,721 theaters in its opening weekend, with the studio expecting a $50-million debut. However, after making $14million on its first day (including $5million from Thursday night previews, the lowest X-Men total since The Wolverine's $4million in 2013), projections were lowered to $34million.
It ended up debuting to $32.8million, finishing second, behind The Secret Life of Pets 2. It was the lowest total of the franchise by $20million and the first time an X-Men film did not top the box office the week of its release.
In its second weekend, the film fell 73% to $7.3million, finishing fourth. The following weekend the film was pulled from 1,667 theaters and made $3.5million, finishing tenth.
In other territories, the film was projected to gross $120–135million, including $50–60million from China, for a global debut of around $170million. The film made $13million on its first day in China (including previews).
Audiences polled by CinemaScope gave the film an average grade of “BY” on an A+ to F scale and those at Postural gave it an overall positive score of 69% (with an average 3 out of 5 stars) and a 49% “definite recommend.” Writing for TheW rap, William Bikini said of the film: “It would be wonderful to report that Dark Phoenix was an impressive send-off to this long-running franchise...
Kurt Lower of Reason magazine wrote, “There are several things wrong with Dark Phoenix. I'm tempted to say everything is wrong with it, except that the picture is largely in focus and the credits appear to be correctly spelled.
Kin berg took responsibility for the film's poor reception, stating, “I'm here, I'm saying when a movie doesn't work, put it on me. “X-Women” line Many fans and critics were put off by a line in the film uttered by Raven suggesting that the name of the titular team be changed to the “X-Women”, and expressed their opinion that the line was inserted into the script in response to feminism and the #Metro Movement.
The clip was shown as a teaser before the movie was released in theaters, a move that Kate Er bland of IndieWire referred to as “cheeky” and a “cheap shot” on Fox's part that contributed to the movie's critical and commercial failure. Dark Phoenix Takes on Secret Life of Pets 2 in Summer Box Office Battle”.
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