The delays of Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants really threw things into whack when it came to the X-Men movies. It was worse for New Mutants, which had already started a marketing push, but Dark Phoenix had a Entertainment Weekly reveal and all sorts of things that don’t usually happen that far away from a release. Now we have to wait until February, and the trickle of information is going to go on for months. We have learned a few new things though. While being interviewed by Collider, Evan Peters was asked about how the tone of Dark Phoenix will compare to other X-Men movies.
I think it’s the classic X-Men: First Class tone, where there’s a bit of humor thrown in there, but it’s much darker than the previous one, Apocalypse. Apocalypse was the ‘80s, so there was a lot of room for goofy stuff in there. This one is a much more serious film about the internal struggle of Phoenix and Jean, so it’s a dramatic film. There’s nothing very comedic about it, other than the few moments that are in there. I think it’s gonna be a powerful one. It’s Dark Phoenix. I think it’s gonna be darker than we’re used to. It’s gonna be a change, but it’s gonna be fun for everybody.
If there was ever a X-Men story to go dark on, it would be this one. One of the other big changes with this new entry in the series will be Simon Kinberg directing for the first time. Peters was asked what it was like to work under Kinberg, and he had nothing but good things to say about the longtime producer/first time director.
Awesome! It was incredible. He was very prepared and he knew what he was doing. He’s surrounded himself with a great team that’s been there for years. Everybody knows each other. It was a great environment for him to step forward. He knows the characters and story better than anyone because he wrote it. I think it was easy for him and it was very calm. It’s always been a fun experience, but it was also a calm experience, this time around, which was a relief. I’m sure there was a lot of pressure on him, but he’s such a nice guy and so cool. You didn’t see him being stressed or nervous, at all, on set, so it was very cool.
It sounds like things on set went well, which is usually a good sign. This will be the first time Kinberg has directed a full-length feature film, and that is a lot to take on. Someone must be pretty happy because he was brought on to direct 355, the all-female spy thriller.
Summary: Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn it into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
Dark Phoenix, directed by Simon Kinberg, stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult. It will be released on February 14th, 2019.