Over the years, the X-Men film franchise has been plagued by a multitude of issues: poor storytelling, rushed projects and the inability to follow a cohesive timeline. However, one of the franchise’s biggest issues has always been its treatment of women. That, thankfully, looks to be changing with next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, as the film’s leading women are set to be front and center.
When Fox first tackled the Dark Phoenix Saga in X-Men: The Last Stand, Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey ended up serving as a supporting character, leaving it hard to do the story justice. Now, with next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fox is attempting to retell the Dark Phoenix’s story, but they’ve made one massive change this time — not only will Jean (Sophie Turner) be in the forefront, but the film will also focus on the various women involved.
“I really wanted to acknowledge the strength of the women in the comic and in the actresses that we have and the central storyline demands it,” Simon Kinberg, the film’s writer and director, said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
There’s also reportedly a joke in the film where Jennifer Lawrence’s Raven tells James McAvoy’s Professor Xavier that the team should be renamed the X-Women, because it’s often the women who end up saving the men.
For lead actress Sophie Turner, she’s thrilled to see women at the forefront of one of Hollywood’s biggest superhero franchises. The actress called the movie a “revelation,” with the lead being both the hero and the villain.
“It really is about her relationships with the females in the film, especially Jessica Chastain’s character,” Turner said. “It’s really interesting to have those two characters be kind of the two biggest characters in the movie and both be female and so layered and so complex.”
And Turner isn’t alone in her appreciation of the film’s ability to put women front and center. It was the woman-led script that pulled in actress Jessica Chastain, who revealed that she’d been offered various superhero projects in the past, but that she’d always passed due to the script.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is a production of 20th Century Fox starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Olivia Munn and Jessica Chastain. The film opens in theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.
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