Twentieth Century Fox have confirmed that the next movie in their central X-Men franchise will be ‘Dark Phoenix’, which is set to be released on November 2nd 2018.
The movie, which will follow New Mutants (April 13th 2018) and Deadpool 2 (June 1st 2018) in the studios’ schedule, will be centred around Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey/Phoenix turning bad, a re-imagining of the X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) central story arc.
Simon Kinberg, the screenwriter and producer of X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, recently told Entertainment Weekly:
“I definitely would love to take another stab at the Dark Phoenix story. The seeds of Phoenix definitely are planted in [Apocalypse]. She can’t control her powers unless she either fully stops them or lets them all loose, and that’s kind of Phoenix. I think in future movies to come we’ll definitely see a bit more of that.”
The movie is considered the next step in the X-Men franchise as it will present many of the franchise’s rich history of characters, unlike spin-offs Deadpool and New Mutants.