10 Huge New DARK PHOENIX Reveals From Writer And Director Simon Kinberg - SPOILERS

10 Huge New DARK PHOENIX Reveals From Writer And Director Simon Kinberg - <font color=red>SPOILERS</font>

There's a lot of mixed feelings about Dark Phoenix but Simon Kinberg has now addressed many concerns, while also commenting on the Fox/Disney merger, a new take on Cyclops, and The Last Stand's problems...

The first trailer for Dark Phoenix received a mostly positive response but there are an awful lot of fans who simply aren't interested in seeing writer and director Simon Kinberg get another shot at the "Dark Phoenix Saga." However, in a lengthy new interview with Collider, the filmmaker has shed a lot more light on what we should expect from the Marvel Comics adaptation which is released next June.

He's addressed everything from the running time to which year the movie takes place in, not to mention the reshoots and whether or not we'll see those popular X-Men: Apocalypse costumes.

There are some minor spoilers for Dark Phoenix here and it definitely sounds like Kinberg is taking the right approach to retelling this story on the silver screen for
a second time. So, to check out these new comments and details from him, all you guys have to do is click on the "View List" button down below.

A Fresh Take On Scott Summers/Cyclops



Comic book fans have always been somewhat dissatisfied with how Cyclops has been portrayed on the big screen and it sounds like Kinberg has actually made a conscious effort to address that in this movie. "Jean and Cyclops are a couple in the film," he confirms. "Scott will take much more of a leadership role than he has in previous movies. He's not as much of a boy scout as he was."

He also notes that Scott will be central to the main story because of his relationship with Jean Grey.
 

When Dark Phoenix Takes Place



The timeline of these X-Men movies makes absolutely no sense and after taking us to the 80s in X-Men: ApocalypseDark Phoenix will land in the 90s. Now, Kinberg has confirmed that this adventure takes place nine years after that movie meaning the team has presumably gained quite a bit of experience. 

Of course, that doesn't explain how old any of them are but we now know we'll be in 1992 here. 
 

Forget About Seeing The X-Men: Apocalypse Suits



At the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, the heroes finally got costumes which resembled those of their comic book counterparts. It was obviously a shame that they hadn't worn them in the movie itself but surely they'd have them in the sequel, right? Nope. Instead, Kinberg has gone back to the classic yellow and blue and he confirms in this interview that we won't see the Apocalypse costumes at all here.
 

The Movie's Running Time



Asked about the movie's running time and whether or not it's changed since those reshoots were ordered, Kinberg was vague but confirmed that the plan from day one was to have the movie land at around the two-hour mark. He said that it's not going to come in under two hours (which is always a bad sign for blockbusters) or at two and a half. Instead, they're looking at 2 hours, 20 minutes at most.
 

There Will Be Plenty Of Emotion



Asked what the focus of Dark Phoenix is, Kinberg says that the movie will focus on the "evolution" and "devolution" of the Phoenix and we'll be getting a "dramatic, intense, and emotional story."

That certainly sounds like the right sort of direction to take this movie in and fans will no doubt appreciate that Fox is bringing a certain level of gravitas to one of the most famous X-Men stories.
 

The Last Stand Regrets



Kinberg penned the screenplay for the much maligned X-Men: The Last Stand and, surprisingly, he believes that the mainstream audience liked it (it has a 61% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so perhaps he's on to something). However, the filmmaker admitted that he still has some regrets.

"What I regret about it is that it's not the 'Dark Phoenix' storyline," he explained. "It's 'The Cure' story with Dark Phoenix as a subplot and it should have been the 'Dark Phoenix' as the main plot of the film." Kinberg went on to say that he believes the world wasn't ready for a dark superhero movie.
 

The Phoenix Will Be A Cosmic Entity



After seeing the trailer for Dark Phoenix, many fans have jumped to the conclusion that Professor X is responsible for Jean being made to forget a tragedy in her past and that's how she ends up turning "Dark." Well, Kinberg has now confirmed that's not the case and says that there's actually "a cosmic entity force that's more responsible for what happened." So, he' is sticking to the comic books then.
 

It's Business As Usual Despite The Disney Deal



Many fans have argued that there's no point in Dark Phoenix existing when Marvel Studios is planning to reboot the franchise. However, Kinberg confirms that as of right now, it's business as usual.

"Until the deal is completely finished—which has in principal terms been agreed to by the two boards but it hasn’t yet gone through the final approvals that go through the government. But until that’s done, Fox has to remain Fox and perform as it would as if it wasn’t up for sale. So for all intents and purposes, you proceed as business as usual." So, that's why they're working on Gambit!
 

What Those Reshoots Have Changed



As for those reshoots, Kinberg reiterates that they were needed to change the third act and then make a few changes earlier in the movie to address those. This sounds an awful lot like what happened to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and, well, that ended up mostly being pretty damn good, didn't it? 

"Mostly we focused on the third act, both emotionally and in terms of the physical scale and the action of the third act that we adjusted," he explained to the site. "And then there were certain things in the first two acts of the movie—very few things, but to set up those changes in the third act we had to adjust some things in the first two acts so that that all was fluid and felt consistent."
 

The Questions Kinberg Couldn't Answer



This might mean a lot or absolutely nothing but when Kinberg was asked whether we'll see Jean Grey's classic Jim Lee costume from the comics, he chose to pass. He was also quizzed about the possibility of Magneto and Quicksilver finally addressing their familial relationship but wouldn't say a thing. That's long overdue but seeing as X-Men: Apocalypse ignored it, we probably shouldn't get our hopes up.

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