Chris Claremont Compares X-Men: Dark Phoenix to Casino Royale

The X-Men return to the silver screen later this year with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, essentially a do-over of the iconic "Phoenix Saga" storyline 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand tried and failed to translate successfully to live-action. With fan expectations (and fears) riding high for the film, comic book legend Chris Claremont offers fans additional hope that the sequel will do justice to his fondly-remembered storyline.

Speaking with Screen Crush, Claremont described the movie as the Casino Royale of X-films. He's even fairly positive it'll give upcoming Avengers: Infinity War a "more than decent run for their money."


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"The second Dark Phoenix will have as powerful an impact on the comic-book film world as the second Casino Royale had on James," Claremont declared. "I figure you could do a whole lot worse than that." With Simon Kinberg at the director's helm instead of writing the film, Claremont has complete faith in him to do the story justice. "He’s got the best ensemble cast of young faces I’ve seen in quite a while."

Dark Phoenix takes the Children of the Atom into the 1990s, where they've gained fame as world class superheroes. During a mission in space, a solar flare fully awakens the mental powers of Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, and she's on the warpath. At some point in the film, a big X-Men character will be killed off, forever altering the canon of the film franchise.


X-Men: Dark Phoenix arrives in theaters on Nov. 2. The film stars James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp, and Jessica Chastain.

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