Dark Phoenix concluded 20th Century Fox's X-Men movie franchise with the intention of delivering an emotional final chapter to a movie saga two decades in the making. Writer-director Simon Kinberg likened Dark Phoenix to Logan, which was Hugh Jackman's farewell to playing Wolverine.
"If anything, I would say this movie is a close cousin to Logan in many ways because that was also the final chapter of a sprawling saga. That movie also had a rawness and an intimacy and an emotionality I was trying to capture in this film too," Kinberg told The Hollywood Reporter.
Kinberg also noted that neither Dark Phoenix nor Logan have a post-credits scene, and that he never even considered including one in the final X-Men film. This way, the final scene of the movie really does have a weight of finality. "I always saw this as a closing chapter to this set of stories. For me, it had to close with the characters it opened with," Kinberg said, referring to the final scene between Professor X and Magneto.
Directed and written by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain. The film is currently in theaters.