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Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • Phoenix (First and only known appearance)
  • Vuk (First and only known appearance; dies) (Impersonates Margaret)
  • Jones (First and only known appearance; dies)
  • Numerous unnamed D'bari (First and only known appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Dr. John Grey (First and only known appearance; dies) (Main story and flashback)
  • Elaine Grey (First and only known appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
  • Margaret (First and only known appearance; dies)
  • Dazzler (First and only known appearance) (Cameo)
  • Match (First and only known appearance) (Cameo)

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Jean Grey is nearly killed during a rescue mission in space when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Upon returning home, this force makes Jean much more powerful and much more unstable. Jean, losing control over her own powers, begins to unravel the very fabric that keeps the X-Men together. With the X-Men falling apart, they must find a way to unite to save Jean's soul and our planet from the aliens who wish to use this force to rule the galaxy.[1]


Additionally, Scott Shepherd and Hannah Anderson appear as John and Elaine Grey. Ato Essandoh portrays Jones. Brian d'Arcy James makes an appearance as the President of the United States. Halston Sage and Lamar Johnson cameo as Dazzler and Match, respectively. Chris Claremont cameos as a White House guest. Kota Eberhardt and Andrew Stehlin appear as Selene Gallio and Ariki, respectively.


  • 20th Century Fox announced the original November 2, 2018 release date for this film in April 2017, alongside dates for the films Deadpool 2 and The New Mutants,[2] but later pushed back the date for this film to February 14, 2019.[3] This film was later pushed back again to its final release date June 7, 2019, taking the one of the then planned film Gambit.[4]
  • On October 14th, 2017, it was announced that this film along with Deadpool 2, had both wrapped filming.[5]


  • The film's climax was originally set in space. The movie underwent lengthy re-shoots to give the finale a more grounded feel,[6] and to avoid parallels with the endings of the films Captain America: Civil War and Captain Marvel, the latter of which was also in production at the same time as this film. According to writer and director Simon Kinberg, the original ending didn't have the entirety of the X-Men assembled together, and the movie's use of characters was similar to Civil War, in the sense that it had a big action action set piece where everyone is involved occurred at the end of the second act, whereas the third act involved fewer characters and a more intimate exploration of their emotions. Kinberg also admitted Jean's sequences in space displaying her full power were reminiscent of some of the visuals in Captain Marvel.[7]
  • According to studio insiders, the film's second premiere date delay from February to June 2019 was made to placate star director James Cameron, who felt concern for the competition his film Alita: Battle Angel would face, which premiered on January 2019.[8]
  • While this is technically the last titled X-Men film made by 20th Century Fox, and therefore also the final entry in the main series of X-Men films, this is also technically the first in the X-Men film property to be distributed by Disney, after its acquisition of Fox in March 2019 (now 20th Century Studios).[9]
  • According to writer and director Simon Kinberg, after it was settled on just being one film,[10] this was originally planned to be the first in a new trilogy of X-Men films.[11] After Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in March 2019,[9] said plans were scrapped, in favor of rebooting the franchise and integrating it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[12][[#cite_note-White,_Peter'"`UNIQ--nowiki-0000000D-QINU`"' Hayes,_Dade (14_December_2017). [http//,_James_Murdoch,_Hulu_and_$2B_Cost_Savings]. ''Deadline''. Retrieved_on_26_December_2017.-13|[13]]]
  • Prior to the re-shoots when they settled on using the D'bari, this film originally planned to have the Skrulls as its main antagonists.[14][15]
  • During pre-production, this film was initially planned to be a two-parter, before they settled on making it just one film.[16][10]
  • Before the role was re-written to be Vuk, Jessica Chastain was originally reported to be in talks to portray Lilandra.[17]
  • Before they settled on the Skrulls, and later the D'bari, early concept art showed that the Hellfire Club were originally planned to be this film's antagonists.[18]
  • One of this film's planned sequels was to be a crossover with the film property of The New Mutants, which would've adapted the Inferno storyline.[19] After Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in March 2019,[9] any scenes that were setting it up got cut during post-production.[20]


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Links and References


  1. Dark Phoenix Official Trailer
  2. McClintock, Pamela (22 April 2017). 'Deadpool 2' Lands June 2018 Release Date. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 15 June 2017.
  3. Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 26 2018). 20th Century Fox Shuffles Release Dates For ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Dark Phoenix’ & More. Deadline. Retrieved on March 27 2018.
  4. D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 28, 2018). ‘Alita’ Flies Out Of Christmas, ‘Dark Phoenix’ To Rise Summer, ‘Deadpool 2’ Re-release Hits Sked, ‘Gambit’ Now 2020 – Fox Date Changes. Deadline. Retrieved on September 28, 2018.
  5. Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix Have Both Wrapped Filming. (2017-10-14). Retrieved on 2017-10-15.
  6. Butler, Tom (29 May 2019). 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' ending completely reshot due to 'parallels' with another superhero movie (exclusive). Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved on 31 May 2019.
  7. Pulliam-Moore, Charles (7 June 2019). Simon Kinberg Likens Dark Phoenix's Original Ending to Captain America: Civil War and Captain Marvel. io9. Retrieved on 9 June 2019.
  8. Kit, Borys (10 June 2019). "We Were Wrong": Behind Fox's 'Dark Phoenix' Debacle. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 10 June 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Szalai, Georg; Bond, Paul (March 19, 2019). Disney Closes $71.3 Billion Fox Deal, Creating Global Content Powerhouse. THR. Retrieved on October 17, 2021.
  10. 10.0 10.1 D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 9, 2019). ‘Dark Phoenix’ Bound To Lose $100M+ After Worst Domestic Opening In ‘X-Men’ Series: Here’s Why. Deadline. Retrieved on February 2, 2021.
  11. Lewis, Hilary (May 27, 2016). James McAvoy, 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Cast Talk Future Franchise Films. THR. Retrieved on September 6, 2020.
  12. Silliman, Brian (15 December 2017). Disney Chief 'Looking Forward' to X-Men, FF, Deadpool in MCU, Future of Avatar and Star Wars. SYFY WIRE. Retrieved on 6 September 2020.
  13. [[#cite_ref-White,_Peter'"`UNIQ--nowiki-0000000D-QINU`"' Hayes,_Dade (14_December_2017). [http//,_James_Murdoch,_Hulu_and_$2B_Cost_Savings]. ''Deadline''. Retrieved_on_26_December_2017._13-0|↑]] White, Peter; Hayes, Dade (14 December 2017). Disney-Fox Deal: Bob Iger Discusses Digital Future, James Murdoch, Hulu and $2B Cost Savings. Deadline. Retrieved on 26 December 2017.
  14. O'Connell, Sean (June 10, 2019). Original Dark Phoenix Ending Included Skrulls And A 'Huge' New York Battle, According To Tye Sheridan. CINEMABLEND. Retrieved on September 22, 2020.
  15. Barnhardt, Adam (August 9, 2019). Recently Revealed X-Men: Dark Phoenix Skrull Designs Look Better than the MCU's Version. Retrieved on September 22, 2020.
  16. Radish, Christina (September 26, 2017). Olivia Munn on 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie' & Returning for 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'. Collider. Retrieved on February 2, 2021.
  17. Fleming, Mike, Jr. (June 17, 2017). Fox Formalizes Simon Kinberg To Helm ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’; Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy Back, Jessica Chastain In Talks. Deadline. Retrieved on February 2, 2021.
  18. Chapman, Tom (December 19, 2019). Dark Phoenix Concept Art Debuts X-Men Nemeses, The Hellfire Club. CBR. Retrieved on February 2, 2021.
  19. KingPatel (August 19, 2020). NEW MUTANTS 3 Would've Introduced Darkchilde & Crossed Over With The Main X-MEN Films - EXCLUSIVE. Retrieved on February 2, 2020.
  20. Shaffer, Marshall (August 20, 2020). Josh Boone Details How Fox-Disney Merger Affected ‘The New Mutants’ & How Movies Are “An Essential Service” [Interview]. The Playlist. Retrieved on February 2, 2021.
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