"What appears to the world to be another heroic victory by the X-Men in saving stranded people in space we realize is the the thing that begins the unraveling of Jean and the unraveling of secrets Charles told her". So, what went wrong?
Although last year's X-Men: Apocalypse brought in more than $543 million worldwide, the reviews weren't kind and many fans were left unimpressed. But at least according to writer-director Simon Kinberg, who served as co-producer on Singer's misfire - along with Logan and Days of Future Past - Apocalypse became a muddled mess when visual effects took precedence over the actual story.
"I think we took our eye off what has always been the bedrock of the franchise which is these characters", he said.
"It's always unsafe if your script is evolving while you're shooting", said Parker, giving some insight into the production process of Apocalypse.
"One of the things I went into this film wanting to do is obviously focus on the characters and give them real emotions to play and come up with a theme that would make it feel relevant and necessary in today's world".
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They're just that cut above the rest of us at the minute but it can't go on forever. I'm very, very mindful of that as well.
"Certainly, in hindsight, we all feel like the genre has been evolving aesthetically and tonally and that the film didn't". Aesthetically, it felt sort of dated relative to an evolution you were seeing play out everywhere else.
It is so gritty and there are so many fantastical things in this movie and we really wanted it to resonate with every member of the audience who watches it so we had to make to so real as well.
Actress Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones fame will return to play Jean Grey in the sequel, which will see her transformation/possession by the cosmic entity known as the Dark Phoenix/Phoenix Force. "You still get that sense of escapism when people start flying but there's so much reality in it".
The first look feature onX-Men: Dark Phoenix revealed a lot of character insights, but one X-Man it didn't really discuss was that of Cyclops. Part of achieving that, Turner explained, was shooting the vast majority of the film with handheld cameras.
So when it came time to craft the next X-Men movie, the filmmakers needed to acknowledge the mistakes that were made in Apocalypse and ensure they wouldn't be repeated in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
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