Evidence continues to accumulate that Fox's X-Men: Dark Phoenix will retain the more cosmic aspects of Marvel Comics' seminal “Dark Phoenix Saga” storyline, possibly even the Shi'ar Empire.
The latest indication comes from an audition tape unearthed by Omega Underground that features actor Toby Huss, perhaps best known for his roles in Ghostbusters and King of the Hill auditioning for the role of "Hoover," a character described by the website as a "bureaucrat/recon agent."
The audition consists of the following dialogue between "Hoover" and an unnamed individual.
Hoover: Have you learned their language?
2nd Character: Please, there are only 171,000 words, more than 40,000 of which are obsolete.
Hoover: They are a primitive people. They have never been a threat to anyone but themselves.
2nd Character: If that was so true, we wouldn’t be here. So, what have you learned? What type of weapons do they have? Who are their most powerful protectors?
Hoover: They call themselves SEALS, and their the ones responsible for what’s happened.
As Omega Underground points out, the second character's unfamiliarity with the language and weaponry suggests both figures may be extraterrestrial. That would mesh well with recent confirmation by X-Men: Dark Phoenix producer Hutch Parker that the film will tackle the more cosmic aspects of the X-Men franchise.
Introduced in 1977 in Marvel's X-Men #107, the far-flung Shi'ar Empire includes a collection of races and worlds situated near the Skrull and Skree empires. The Shi'ar play a role in "The Dark Phoenix Saga," where the Empire and its Imperial Guard are drawn into the fight to stop Dark Phoenix following her destruction of a populated planet.
Targeted for release on November 2, 2018, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is expected to begin filming this summer in Montreal. Franchise producer Simon Kinberg wrote the screenplay, and is rumored to be directing.