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X-Men: Why Dark Phoenix Introduced Dazzler

At long last, Dazzler has made her way to the big screen. The sound-bending mutant appears in a cameo role during Dark Phoenix, the latest installment of Fox's X-Men franchise. During an interview with CBR, writer-director Simon Kinberg revealed why now was the right time to introduce the fan-favorite character.

"Well, I mean, honestly? I'm a huge fan and I love Dazzler. And also, if you remember the Dark Phoenix storyline, she's obviously a part of the Dark Phoenix Saga as told in the original comic," Kinberg explained. "So I wanted somewhere in there just to have an Easter egg of her, so I felt like it was the right story to do it with, and there was an appropriate scene for her to be singing in, so I brought her into the movie."

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Kinberg is, of course, referring to Dazzler's debut in 1980's The Uncanny X-Men #130 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. This issue took place smack-dab in the middle of the original Dark Phoenix Saga, as Kinberg explains above. In the comics, Scott Summers and Jean Grey discovered Dazzler during one of her performances. When the two X-Men were attacked by the Hellfire Club, Dazzler helped them and even stuck around to rescue the rest of the team. However, she quickly decided the vigilante life wasn't for her and returned to life on the stage.

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In the film, Dazzler appears in a brief cameo role. When the X-Men return from a dangerous mission to rescue astronauts in space, the students at Xavier's School for Gifted Students throw a party in the woods. During the party, Dazzler gives a performance, complete with her white jump suit and supersonic powers.

Dazzler's big screen debut was revealed prior to the film's release. In the music video for Emeli Sandé's "Extraordinary Being," which features clips from the upcoming film, Dazzler makes a brief appearance at the 2-minute mark.

Directed and written by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Holt, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain. The film is out in theaters now.

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