The minds behind Fox's "X-Men" film franchise have long been teasing that the classic "Dark Phoenix Saga" storyline may be the next story they'll tell. New comments from "X-Men: Apocalypse" producer Simon Kinberg given to Entertainment Weekly only add to the rumors and hints.
"I definitely would love to take another stab at the Dark Phoenix story," said Kinberg when asked about a possible do-over when it comes to the iconic X-Men story. The storyline was loosely adapted in 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand," which Kinberg co-wrote. The film was not well-regarded by fans and critics and took more than a few liberties with the original 1980 storyline. But following the franchise's timeline reset, which happened as part of 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," it's now possible for the franchise to try again.
There may even be set up for such a feat in "X-Men: Apocalypse," as Jean Grey actor Sophie Turner revealed to EW. "The seeds of Phoenix definitely are planted in there. She can't control her powers unless she either fully stops them or lets them all loose, and that's kind of Phoenix. I think in future movies to come we'll definitely see a bit more of that."
Director Bryan Singer previously spoke about including a "piece" of Dark Phoenix in "X-Men; Apocalypse." He later teased that something "darker" was growing inside of Jean Grey. Unsourced rumors emerged in April that said that "Dark Phoenix" would definitely be the next film, although that's yet to be confirmed.
Additionally, the key element that "The Last Stand" omitted from its "Dark Phoenix" tale was the outer space aspects -- including the Shi'ar Empire and the X-Men's last stand on the moon. Singer has recently expressed an interest in getting into the cosmic side of the X-Men.
"[T]o me, that might be kind of fun because I'm a huge 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' fan, and exploring the X-Men universe and being able to utilize that would be exciting, visually." Whether or not the X-Men will journey to space in the next film remains to be seen.
"X-Men: Apocalypse" opens on May 27.