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  • The sequel was announced three weeks before X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) was released.
  • James McAvoy, who played Charles Xavier in the X-Men prequels, has expressed interest in taking part in this film.
  • Rain was cast for a role but had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with the film Uhm Bok-dong.
  • Angelina Jolie was rumored to play Lilandra.
  • 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).
  • James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Sophie Turner are confirmed to reprise their roles.
  • Directorial debut for writer Simon Kinberg.
  • Dazzler was rumored to be played by Taylor Swift in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
  • James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain previously worked on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014).
  • This is based on "The Dark Phoenix Saga", where Jean Gray is taken over by the Phoenix entity and attracts attention from outer space. This angle was last seen in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), but in this film it will be a more direct and complete adaptation.
  • 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.
  • This will be the only 20th Century Fox X-Men movie to not feature Hugh Jackman.
  • Simon Kinberg had hoped this film will be the first in a new trilogy of films focusing on the younger versions of the original X-Men characters. However, when Disney purchased 20th Century Fox and the rights to X-Men in December 2017, these plans were scrapped.
  • In a recent interview with Collider, Olivia Munn said that Simon Kinberg's Dark Phoenix will be a Two-Part Movie
  • Production on the film wrapped on the same day that Deadpool 2 (2018) wrapped.
  • This adaptation will ill have to change quite a bit from the original comic book and animated series Dark Phoenix Saga as Wolverine was a massive part of the story and Hugh Jackman is not returning to the film franchise.
  • Famke Janssen was publicly upset for no longer being part of the X-Men films, blaming Hollywood sexism as the reason James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart could both appear in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), while she cannot appear on-screen alongside Sophie Turner.
  • 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 the last X-Men film produced by 20th Century Fox. Disney purchased 20th Century Fox and the rights to X-Men in December 2017.
  • In 2016 composer Hans Zimmer retired from the superheroe business after making "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016) however he came out of retirement to compose this film.
  • 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.
  • John Ottman, who scored first six X- Men films announced that he will not return to score for X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
  • 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).
  • Was originally scheduled for a November 2nd, 2018 release, but due to 20th Century Fox wanting reshoots in March 2018, the film was delayed by 3 months to February 15th, 2019, and then another 4 months to June 7th, 2019. The main reason, according to Simon Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker was the studio's effort to placate James Cameron over his fear of his Alita: Battle Angel (2019) film, by moving to a lesser-competitive month in February 2019 to avoid competing other blockbuster films released in December 2018 such as Bumblebee (2018), Aquaman (2018) and Mary Poppins Returns (2018). Parker, Kinberg and Emma Watts were unable to persuade the studio chief, Stacey Snider to not move the film further because they never intended it to be a big scale blockbuster unlike its previous installment, Apocalypse. The Disney-Fox merger in March 2019 has muddled the film's marketing campaign due to departure of a lot of the studio's marketing people, where in the end, the film was projected to make a $100-million loss.
  • 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, 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 second X-Men movie to be release on Valentine's Day after Deadpool (2016).
  • The first of the prequel time-line films following X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse to not feature Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
  • The second film in the X-Men series after Logan to not include the name X-Men in the title.
  • Third time James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain have worked together following The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and the upcoming It: Chapter 2.
  • This is the first X-Men film to not feature or reference either Logan/Wolverine or the actor who portrays him, Hugh Jackman. This is because Jackman retired from the role, which he portrayed since X-Men (2000). He was briefly featured in Deadpool 2 (2018) through reused and stock footage from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
  • One of two Marvel Comics film of 2019 to be set in the 1990s the other is 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.
  • It pushed three times the official release date. According to the official trailer, February 14, 2019 is the final release date.
  • 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.
  • Two days after Fox released the first trailer along with the first teaser poster for Dark Phoenix, they announced the scheduled release for Valentines Day February 14th, 2019, which was the date featured in both the trailer and poster, would no longer be the date of the film's opening. Instead, the film has been moved, once again, by 4 months to June 7th, 2019. Fox reportedly says that their reason for the switch, was due to the first trailer's reception from China, which had a total of 44 million viewers in it's first 24hrs. In replacement of the February 14th spot, Fox's other film, Alita: Battle Angel (2019) will release instead of it's scheduled December 21st, 2018 release, in order to better capitalize on the Chinese box office as well. Ironically, both Fox films have been delayed twice.
  • Rumored to be a Wolverine reboot
  • The film will be released the same year as the spin-off film The New Mutants (2019). Maisie Williams whom plays Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane in the spin-off film played Sansa Stark's sibling Arya in Game of Thrones (2011) (TV Series). Sansa Stark is played by Sophie Turner (Jean Grey).
  • The first film in the X-Men film franchise not to have "X-Men" in the title.
  • 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.
  • Like the previous film, James McAvoy shaved his head for the film. He also did it to film the Split sequel, Glass.
  • Jessica Chastain bleached her red hair for the film.
  • After Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Hans Zimmer said he was done scoring superhero films. It's been announced that he's scoring this movie, and shortly afterward, he signed on to co-compose Wonder Woman 1984.
  • 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 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.
  • The film was initially set for release on November 2, 2018, but got moved back to February 14, 2019 to accommodate reshoots and Bohemian Rhapsody (coincidentally directed by Bryan Singer) took its slot. And then it was moved back again, to June 6, 2019, just a day after its first trailer and poster (with the February 14th date on it) were released.
  • K-Pop singer Rain was considered for a role in the film but he turned it down due to scheduling conflicts.
  • 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.
  • Angelina Jolie was rumored to have been considered for the role of Lilandra. Surprisingly enough, her estranged husband Brad Pitt was considered to play Cable in Deadpool 2. He did appear as The Vanisher, albeit not for very long.
  • Sophie Turner studied mental illnesses in preparation for playing the Dark Phoenix.
  • Released the same year as another movie with the word 'dark' in the title. That film is Terminator: Dark Fate (2019).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The first X-Men movie to not have the word X-Men on it's title.
  • 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 Newtown 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.
  • 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.
  • In one of the final scenes, Charles Xavier sits down with Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto to play chess and is wearing a Rolex Milgauss watch, compared to another watch in the rest of the movie. This specific model was designed for use by engineers to resist magnetic fields.
  • After release, producer Lauren Shuler Donner disowned the movie, claiming she had less creative involvement with the project.
  • At one point, the film was going to have a much smaller budget because of the box office disappointment of the previous film X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and executives even went as far as to plan to release the film directly to home video and streaming.
  • According to director Simon Kinberg, he approached Dark Phoenix with Nolan's "Batman Begins" 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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)
  • The name of a bottle of scotch closest to the tv that is being watched in a bar is a nod to ian mckellen
  • 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 critical and fan backlash against the 8th season of Game of Thrones (2011) along with the failure of this film was what contributed to the depression and attempted suicide of Sophie Turner. She has since announced a brief retirement from acting to focus on recovering and tending to her mental health.
  • The school exterior isn't an actual location, it's entirely CGI.
  • 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.

Spoilers

  • Luna Maximoff, Quicksilver's daughter, makes her feature debut in this film.
  • A young version of Rogue may appear in this film.
  • 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) .
  • This is the third film in the X-Men film franchise in which Jean Grey becomes Phoenix. In X-Men 2 (2003), 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, but saving the team. In X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) she became the Phoenix defeating Professor-X (Patrick Stewart) and siding with Magneto, ending up with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) ending her life to save humanity and the Mutants that were protecting the humans. Phoenix, also vaguely appears at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
  • This movie likely prompted the definitive return of Jean Grey in the comics 15 years after her death in "X-Men #150". During this time, she appeared sporadically in Phoenix-related arcs and was replaced by her younger, time-displaced counterpart. Jean returned in the "Phoenix Resurrection" saga and as of 2018 stars in "X-Men Red" as the team's leader.
  • 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 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".
  • Towards the end of the movie, Professor X and Magneto meet at a café in a francophone city. Shortly after their interaction, the name of the café is shown to be "Les Vieux Copains", or "The Old Pals/Friends" in English.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perhaps not coincidentally, Mystique is killed in the same manner as Logan: impaled on large shards of wood.
  • 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.
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