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Dark Phoenix Director Says the Film Is a New Chapter in the X-Men Franchise

For those expecting Dark Phoenix to wrap the end of Fox's X-Men era with the Disney buyout set to be finalized next year, director Simon Kinberg has indicated otherwise. In fact, he's revealed his take on Jean Grey's most famous saga will be the start of a new chapter for the franchise to continue in when it becomes a full-fledged Disney property.

"I see it as a new chapter," Kinberg said to CinePOP. "I see it as taking the franchise in a different direction tonally. And that doesn’t mean that the next one will have the same tone, it just means that the next one can have a different tone."

This is still vague because, with the X-Men set to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year or so, it leaves us wondering if a "new chapter" means a new cast, a new era of stories or -- as is expected when Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios begin taking creative control -- both.

"[...] I really felt like it's time to really change the look, the feel, the tone, the vibe of these movies. And that doesn’t mean this is the one going forward, it just means that if it's me or whoever directs the next one, you can make it different, and you have to make it different," he continued, which does seem to hint that a new road forward could very well mean whatever the MCU decides to do with the children of the atom.

Either way, with the likes of Deadpool to integrate into the MCU too, we're eager to see how the Fox-Disney deal really ends up incorporating all of these X-characters, and exactly what will be carried over from the Fox films.

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Written and directed by franchise veteran 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 opens June 7, 2019

(via ComicBook)

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