While it will be some time still before we see the X-Men arrive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Disney is still in the process of closing out the Fox buyout, fans can take comfort knowing Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has taken a look at the script for next year's Dark Phoenix, offering some creative insight.
Dark Phoenix may well be the final film in the ongoing X-Men movie franchise before Disney takes over the ship, and following Fox's disappointing attempt at the "Dark Phoenix Saga" via Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand, folks were worried that Simon Kinberg (who wrote that film) may not get the cosmic tale right once more. Well, according a fan at the 2018 Comic Con Experience in Brazil, Feige did take a look at the story, reviewing it to help shape its tone, further fueling speculation that it will be the first Fox film Disney releases.
Confirmation that @jes_chastain is indeed a character not from Earth. Also that no connection or hint to the MCU, although Feige reviewed the script and tone.#XMen #DarkPhoenix pic.twitter.com/gWHSQg75bR— Lodix (@lodix1) December 7, 2018
The tweet, apart from suggesting Jessica Chastain's mysterious character is indeed an alien, confirms Feige had some level of influence on the film, which makes sense as he's had great success with universe-building and galactic adventures in the MCU. In the past, he has said he's focusing on the projects right in front of him until Disney's acquisition was finalized, meaning he wouldn't be looking at the X-Men until the deal is done.
Well, clearly that didn't stop him from chiming in on the project. As a trusted voice in superhero films, Feige's involvement could assuage some fans' concerns about Dark Phoenix. Disney's purchase of Fox assets is slated to be finalized in early 2019.
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