While it’s not much to go on, director Simon Kinberg just dropped a very familiar to X-Men fans island name while chatting with Empire Magazine about the upcoming final Fox film for the franchise, Dark Phoenix.
We’re speaking of course of Genosha, one-time island prison inhabited by collard mutants (alluded to in Deadpool 2) and fortress of Magneto pre Asteroid M.
“Genosha is something that I’ve always been fascinated by,” Kingberg told Empire. “It’s sort of Oz for mutants. As a Jew, its parallels to Israel and the notion of the promised land intrigued me even as a kid. I was looking in previous X-Men movies for a way to incorporate it. It was something I thought about for Apocalypse, but then went in a very different direction.”
Well, that’s certainly a surprise for whats in store for Dark Phoenix.
Admittedly, Michael Fassbender alluded to Magneto and Genosha back in 2017, but the mention had been largely forgotten.
“He’s set up this place for mutants that don’t a home to go to and they can seek refuge there,” Fassbender told Entertainment Weekly. “They have to work as a community but it’s a safe place for them and they’ll be accepted.” Kinberg added, “It’s the mutant homeland.”
It was also mentioned back in 2017 that Sophie Turner‘s Jean Grey will come to the island in search of Magento’s help.
DARK PHOENIX- The X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.
Dark Phoenix stars Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Alexandra Shipp. Simon Kinberg directs.
It’ll hit theaters on June 7th, 2019.