Early review’s of Bryan Singer’s latest X-men effort: X-men Apocalypse out this Memorial Day weekend have been subpar, the director that first brought Marvel’s merry band of mutants to the big screen is already looking toward the team’s next endeavor.
Apparently Singer wants to take the X-men to space, he said the following to fandango earlier this week: “Another thing that’s been introduced in the comics is a big alien, interstellar tenant within the X-Men universe that hasn’t been explored. And to 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.”
There has been rapid speculation on where Singer could take his story of the X-men in space, the natural conclusion is that the film will either setup or be the story of the Dark Phoenix saga. Considering Fox has an actress as talented as Sophie Turner to portray Jean Grey, and Brett Ratner butchered Singer’s original setup of the Phoenix saga in X-men 3, it makes a lot of sense for Singer wanting to move in that direction. Personally I love this idea, I just hope that the film does not become over stuffed. After all, the encountering of the Phoenix force is a good story in and of itself for the X-men with the Dark Phoenix saga being the payoff. It would be nice to see a two-part Phoenix film that see’s part one revolving around the team traveling to space to address the phoenix force and perhaps having a run in with the Shi’ar empire, and part two being the story of the dark phoenix. I could also see the argument that maybe it is a bit too soon to see Sophie Turner’s take on Jean Grey catapulted into this iconic storyline, and the turn to the Dark Phoenix would probably mean a lot more if we got to spend a few more films with the character.
I am not expecting X-men Apocalypse to be one of the best film’s in fox’s X-men Franchise, I hope one bad outing by Singer does not sour film goers on his take on the X-men. Overall Singer has not given us one bad X-men film, and if wasn’t for him taking on the project of the original X-men film back in 2000, who knows if we would have the superhero media we have today. Singer accepted the project that now looks like a no brainer with the first X-men film, but that came at a time when Batman was considered the only bankable on screen superhero and that characters last film had been a flop in Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin. The director was able to take one of America’s most beloved comics and adapt into a viable and grounded franchise that paved the way for Sony’s Sam Raimi Spider-Man series.
Are you excited to see Bryan Singer’s take on the Phoenix saga or is it too soon for another Dark Phoenix story? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @thereelbradbell