First ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Trailer is More Like X-Meh, Amirite? (VIDEO)

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brian-mcgee - September 27, 2018


Whatever else you want to say about noted terrible human being Bryan Singer, his X-Men movies always looked interesting and felt like movies rather than a two-part episode of a non-existent X-Men TV Show. Sadly, that's exactly what this first trailer for next year's X-Men: Dark Phoenix looks, feels, and sounds like: the series finale of X-Men at 20th Century Fox.

When Singer's behavior on set became untenable, Fox replaced him with Simon Kinberg, longtime X-Men writer and producer, and first time director. That decision to use an unproven director has led to something that, visually at least, looks cheap as shit.

This will be the final X-Men movie at Fox—unless New Mutants somehow ends up getting released theatrically, which I doubt very much—so there's a lot riding on it, for the studio anyway. This is their last chance to send their cash cow out for a good milking before the mutants join the MCU. Whether or not any of these cast members make the leap is up in the air.

If, as this trailer seems to indicate, they kill off Mystique, it might be a good idea to reboot the whole shebang and start again. Fassbender and McAvoy are great, but they're clearly tired of playing these characters. Fresh start at Marvel, okay everyone?

Lastly, we're gonna use a cover of The Doors' "The End" in hopes that no one's mind wanders to Apocalypse Now? Okay, sure, whatever.

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