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  • The sequel was announced three weeks before X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) was released.
  • Rain was cast for a role but had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with the film Bicycle King Uhm Bok-Dong (2019).
  • The film takes place in 1992, the year the X-Men comics were relaunched with new costume designs and a new cartoon show, X-Men: The Animated Series (1992).
  • Directorial debut for writer Simon Kinberg.
  • This film, The New Mutants (2020), and Deadpool 2 (2018) were filmed around the same time with New Mutants filmed in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Deadpool 2 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Dark Phoenix in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Production on the film wrapped on the same day that Deadpool 2 (2018) wrapped.
  • This is Jessica Chastain's first Marvel film. She previously turned down the roles of Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3 (2013) and Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man (2015).
  • This is Hans Zimmer's seventh comic-book movie score, following the trilogy of Christopher Nolan Batman films, the DC universe films Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and the Sony production of Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
  • Hans Zimmer decided to retire from composing superhero movies after having worked on scores for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man, but Simon Kinberg convinced him to work on this film.
  • This is the fourth movie that James McAvoy had to shave his head for, the first three being X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Split (2016), and Glass (2019).
  • The film released before Fox's other X-Men Universe film, The New Mutants (2020). Unlike Dark Phoenix's original release date where the film was to release 7 months after The New Mutants's original April 6th, 2018 release date.
  • In January 2018, Fox pushed back the release of their other X-Men universe film, The New Mutants (2020), from April 6th, 2018 to February 15th, 2019. The New Mutants was yet again pushed back, to August 2nd, 2019, when Dark Phoenix took the February 15th spot. After both films took early-2018 reshoots, Dark Phoenix was finished first.
  • This is the first X-Men film to not feature Wolverine in any capacity due to Hugh Jackman (who had played the character since X-Men (2000)) retiring from the role in 2017. He was briefly featured in Deadpool 2 (2018) through partially unused footage from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
  • One of two Marvel Comics films in 2019 to be set in the 1990s, the other being Captain Marvel (2019).
  • Simon Kinberg describes the land of Genosha as Magneto's Israel: "It's a land built for mutants, a homeland where they can be safe and self-sufficient." In keeping with Magneto's Jewish heritage.
  • Simon Kinberg took influence from Logan (2017) in making the film less stylish and more natural.
  • This is Ato Essandoh's first "X-men"-film, although he previously voice-acted on the Marvel podcast "Wolverine: The Long Night" as Agent Marshall.
  • The first trailer released on September 26th, 2018 on The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015), with lead actress Sophie Turner there to promote the film.
  • Like other comic book movies Superman III (1983), Spider-Man 3 (2007), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), the film is about a superhero succumbing to his or her dark side and turning evil. This is the second X-Men movie where Jean Grey transforms into Dark Phoenix.
  • Jessica Chastain was assumed by virtually everyone, from media outlets to fans, to be playing Lilandra after it was announced she was playing the Big Bad of the film, but it was never explicitly stated to be the case by Fox, which led to Chastain herself revealing that she wasn't the character over social media.
  • While the film was released in the US as just "Dark Phoenix", it was released internationally and on home video releases as "X-Men: Dark Phoenix". This is presumably to more clearly market the film as a sequel similar to Logan (2017) which was released in some international markets as "Logan: The Wolverine" and to X2: X-Men United (2003) which was released internationally as just "X-Men 2".
  • Mystique and Magneto were not originally intended to appear as Jennifer Lawrence implied in several interviews that she was done with playing Mystique, though she said in an interview that she had a change of heart as she didn't want fans to be confused if her character got the 'Chuck Cunningham Syndrome treatment'. This is a reference to Happy Days (1974) in which Richie's older brother simply disappeared from the show.
  • Sophie Turner studied mental illnesses in preparation for playing the Dark Phoenix.
  • Phoenix was originally conceptualized with a "fiery" look for the film. It was revamped in post-production to look more "cosmic".
  • Director Simon Kinberg has stated that he cut a good deal of the original storyline of the Dark Phoenix to focus more on ending the storyline that originally began in X-Men: First Class (2011) and focus more on Jean's character for the film. As such the elements of the Hellfire Club and the alien race known Shi'ar and their Shi'ar Empire from the original comic book storyline were removed from the film adaption to cut down on unnecessary sub-plots. Members of the Hellfire Club such as Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost previously appeared in X-Men: First Class (2011).
  • In her role as Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence is now actually older than Rebecca Romijn was when she originated the role in X-Men (2000).
  • In the opening credits, Fox logo letter X disappears a little later.
  • Actress Jessica Chastain agreed to do the movie only because of the writer Simon Kinberg, as she has expressed prior that she has no interest in starring in superhero themed films, having turned down many other superhero films prior.
  • (at around 40 mins) In the background of one scene, a power-supplying company has Bishop's name on it. Bishop was a prominent mutant and time-traveller who appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
  • Simon Kinberg didn't want Wolverine in the film due to the age gap between Hugh Jackman and Sophie Turner. Even if he did want him to return, he wouldn't be able to as Hugh Jackman has since retired the character.
  • Olivia Munn was set to return as Psylocke, but ultimately was unable to reprise her role due to scheduling conflicts with filming The Predator (2018).
  • The first live action appearance of Dazzler. Bo Derek was set to play her in a film based on the character back in the 1980s with Gary Goddard writing the film and John Derek directing, and Canadian country singer Beverley Mahood was rumored to appear as her in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) in a cameo, while Bryan Singer wanted Sigourney Weaver for the role. Singer did an April Fool's Day prank that singer and songwriter Lady Gaga has been cast as Dazzler in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). A scene for X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) was shot where Dazzler is seen on a record album's cover that Scott Summers and Jean Grey purchase in a music store, which was cut from the final release, and Sophie Turner did hint that Taylor Swift was cast in the role at that time.
  • Daniel Cudmore, who previously portrayed Colossus in the franchise, was announced to have a role but did not appear. He was instead part of the stunt department.
  • Lana Condor revealed in interviews that she was unable to return as Jubilee due to her commitment to the films To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) and Alita: Battle Angel (2019).
  • A young Rogue was rumored to appear with Alexa Swinton in the role.
  • Rarmian Newton was rumored for either Mimic or Shane and Toby Huss for the role as the Shi'ar character, Mentor.
  • Wil Traval and Paul Mescal were rumored for roles.
  • Charles Xavier is the only character that appears in all X-Men movies (considering the post credit scene in The Wolverine (2013) and cameo appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)).
  • Websites like Mashable and Uproxx reported incidents at their screenings where fire alarms went off during the films 3rd act, and some people did not want to return to finish watching it afterwards.
  • Writer/director Simon Kinberg co-wrote X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) which also dealt with the Dark Phoenix storyline.
  • Proteus, Sunfire, Mimic, Black Bishop, Sauron, Mastermind, Lorelei, Mentor and Oracle were all rumored to appear.
  • Before it was revealed that Jessica Chastain's role is Vuk, other roles that was rumor were Miss Sinister and Cassandra Nova.
  • The role of Vuk was first offered to Angelina Jolie who passed on it before Jessica Chastain accepted it. Jolie passed on the role because she was more interested in playing the titular character in Bill Condon's Bride of Frankenstein project before Universal decided to put it on hold. Interestingly, they were the only names considered by the studio, and both were suggested by James McAvoy due to his working relationship with them. To return the favor, Chastain recommended McAvoy to her friend, producer Barbara Muschietti, and her brother, It Chapter Two (2019) director Andy Muschietti, for the lead role of the Losers' Club Bill Denbrough. Angelina will later play Thena in Marvel Studios' "The Eternals"
  • (at around 58 mins) The second helicopter that flew very close to Magneto and Jean at his compound was actually rigged with two crane arms on a line, deleted in post production, that could hold and support more than 4000 pounds.
  • After release, producer Lauren Shuler Donner stated she had no creative involvement with the project but was contractually obligated to be credited.
  • The film was originally set to have a smaller budget due to the box office underperformance of X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and executives even went as far as to plan to release the film directly to home video and streaming. The film was ultimately released in theaters and lost the studio almost $120 million.
  • According to director Simon Kinberg, he approached Dark Phoenix with Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005) in mind, to emphasize the character drama.
  • According to director Simon Kinberg, to make the movie feel as real as possible, he shot entire scenes in hand-held photography except for a couple of establishing shots.
  • In the reshoot, director Simon Kinberg changed the original movie villains' alien race from the Skrulls to the D'Baris. The character played by Jessica Chastain became Vuk, a member of the D'Bari.
  • (at around 1 min) One of the songs playing on the car radio that young Jean Grey telekinetically changes is "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Glen Campbell, which of course hugely foreshadows what is going to happen to her.
  • (at around 24 mins) The mutant singing during the mutant school party is Alison Blaire a.k.a. Dazzler, a mutant from the comics who can change sound into light, a talent she used to further her pop-singer career.
  • (Cameo) Chris Claremont: (at around 26 mins) the co-creator of the Dark Phoenix Saga comics is sitting in the crowd when Charles Xavier is receiving the award from the President.
  • One of two films released in 2019 based on a Marvel comic, set in the 1990s, and featuring shape-shifting aliens as characters. Captain Marvel (2019) is the other.
  • Both Jessica Chastain and Tye Sheridan star in The Tree of Life (2011)
  • Reprising her role as Mystique for this film, marks the second time that Jennifer Lawrence has played a character for the fourth time in a franchise. She played Katniss Everdeen four times in The Hunger Games series as well.
  • Tye Sheridan admitted shortly before the film's release that he wore a "muscle suit" throughout production instead of working out.
  • During a podcast, director/screenwriter Simon Kinberg took responsibility for the movie's negative critical reception, stating that he was to blame for the fact that audiences could not connect with the film. However, he pointed mostly at Disney for the film's commercial failure, stating that it was their decision to release it just weeks after Avengers: Endgame (2019). Furthermore, in the wake of the Disney-Fox merger, lay-offs in the Fox marketing team led to serious delays in advertisement; when Disney finally took over marketing duties, only two months of advertisement remained before the release, where ten months would be standard.
  • Tye Sheridan (Scott Summers/Cyclops) and Halston Sage (Dazzler) previously co-stared in Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015).
  • Despite not being part of the MCU at its release, Dark Phoenix's space scene mimics Captain Marvel (2019) in that an existing jet is modified to reach Earth's orbit as well as spaceflight.
  • Rose Byrne confirmed in press interviews months before the film's theatrical release that she would not reprise her role as Moira McTaggert.
  • With the recent studio merge of Walt Disney Pictures and 20th Century Fox, this film will be the first Fox film to have its home video releases (Blu-ray, 4K, DVD and Digital HD) adorned with the Disney banner across the cover and spine rather than the traditional Fox banner.
  • The film was meant to be the start of a new series of X-Men films that would star the new younger cast (Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, Mystique, Beast, Quicksilver, Jubilee, Dazzler etc.) following their introduction in the past few films, but the critical and financial failure of this film along with studio merge with Walt Disney Pictures means that those plans were forcefully abandoned. Any further X-Men films will instead be a part of Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • The school exterior isn't an actual location, it's entirely CGI.
  • (at around 1h 14 mins) The subway train crashing through the wall behind Magneto is a real train on a hydraulic rig. It was supposed to stop a few feet further back but travelled further than intended, knocking down some ceiling tiles very close to Michael Fassbender. Fassbender, ever the professional, didn't even flinch and the shot made it into the finished film.
  • (at around 8 mins) At the beginning of the movie when Professor X calls the President you get a good glimpse at his wheelchair. Its colour is blue with a white cross which reminds of the Scottish flag. This is a reference to James McAvoy's home country Scotland. You can see this again more clearly when he enters Cerebro shortly afterwards.
  • (at around 4 mins) Professor Xavier gives young Jean Grey a pen, telling her 'you can draw a nice picture with that, or poke someone's eyes out. Either way, it's just a tool' . When Magneto confronts Jean in the hotel he tries to poke her eye out with a piece of metal.
  • In 1975, the Grey's car is a Chevrolet Nova; in 1992, John Grey owns a Chevrolet Citation. These were Chevrolet's versions of the GM X-body platform, a platform which also included the Pontiac Phoenix.
  • Cyclops drops the movie's only allowed f-bomb, due to its PG-13 rating.

Spoilers

  • This is the fourth film in the X-Men film franchise in which Jean Grey becomes Phoenix. In X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) returned as Phoenix after she remained behind to allow the X-Jet to take flight and escape a flood of water, drowning her in X2: X-Men United (2003). She also became the Phoenix at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) .
  • It was initially rumored that Dark Phoenix will be the final installment of the X-Men film franchise and that the X-Men film franchise would be rebooted. This technically came true in early 2018 when it was announced Disney had bought 20th Century Fox and that the X-Men will be brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney also owns Marvel Studios.
  • The third act was originally going to take place in space. After re-shoots were completed, it was changed to a sequence where the X-Men are kidnapped and taken aboard a military train.
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) At the end of the movie, Professor Xavier and Magneto meet for a chess game at a Parisian cafe named "Les Vieux Copains" meaning "Old buddies", apparently located on the "Rue de la Paix" literally the "street of Peace".
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) In the closing scenes where Charles Xavier and Magneto are in Paris, Xavier is wearing a Rolex Milgauss watch. These watches are resistant to magnets.
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) At the end of the film, the X-Mansion is renamed Jean Grey's School for Gifted Youngsters. In the comics, the school was renamed the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning, done by Wolverine who had briefly taken over as head of the school.
  • According to director Simon Kinberg, the original intimate climax featured only Charles, Jean, Scott, and Vuk. The original ending was a showdown between Charles and Scott with the rest of the X-Men over Jean Grey. But, one by one, the other X-Men side with Charles, and by the end, it's just Scott by himself. After watching it with audiences during test screenings, Kinberg decided to change the ending.
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) According to director Simon Kinberg, the final scene at the cafe meant to be a nod to The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
  • According to actor Tye Sheridan the original climax was set at the United Nations in New York City. Cyclops and Professor X head to the U.N. to warn the American president that aliens have invaded earth. But the U.N guards turn out to be Skrulls and attack them. Jean Grey comes down in the front of the U.N. and fights off all of the Skrulls, and then blasts back off into space. She says goodbye to Scott and Charles.
  • The D'Bari in the movie claim that their world was destroyed by the same force that turned Jean Grey into the Dark Phoenix, and they try to recruit her in the hope of using her power to create new worlds. In the comics, the D'Bari are seeking revenge against Jean because she destroyed their home planet while being possessed by the Phoenix. Also, their leader Vuk (Jessica Chastain) is male in the comics.
  • Magneto's simple community where he lives with several other mutants isn't named in the movie, but it is clearly inspired by the mutant city of Genosha from the comics, where it became a large and technologically advanced home for millions of refugee mutants.
  • The special team that captures the mutants near the end are called the Mutants Control Agency in the comics, but the patches on their shoulders actually read 'MCU'. This may be an in-joke to the fact that Disney bought 20th Century Fox in 2019, meaning that the X-Men was absorbed into Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • (at around 1h 9 mins) When Magneto removes his helmet from his locker, a newspaper can be seen with an article about him attacking the President on the White House lawn in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
  • Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012) beat out her co-star in this film, Jessica Chastain, for Zero Dark Thirty (2012) to win Best Actress at the 2013 Academy Awards. They do not share any screen time in this film, but both of their characters try to influence Jean Grey, and are eventually killed off by her.
  • (at around 43 mins) Perhaps not coincidentally, Mystique is killed in the same manner as Logan: impaled on large shards of wood.
  • (at around 1h 30 mins) During the first X-Men (2000), Magneto at one point turned each police officer's gun on themselves and almost fired them all to coerce his escape while abducting Rogue. In Dark Phoenix, Magneto has come full circle as he finds himself doing the same thing except now he is defending Jean from being abducted by Vuk. With the rumors of Dark Phoenix being the final X-Men installment and Disney's recent acquisition of Fox, this could be a nod to the franchise wrap-up with a likely future reboot into the MCU.
  • The movie had a different ending, but was changed and reshot as writer and director Simon Kinberg felt the original ending had a lot of Captain America: Civil War (2016) in it and that it didn't have the entire X-family together and it telescoped down views of the characters' raw emotions and pitted the X-Men against one another. In the original ending, Charles Xavier is sitting alone on a hill and reflects on what has happened and admits he was wrong and that he forgot who he was and that he started all of it and that he didn't see what was going to happen. He returns to the empty school and gets into a car and drives away.
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