X-Men: Dark Phoenix

           review by Bobby Blakey

Before Marvel dominated the box office with their cinematic universe it seemed that we were never going to get very many cohesive superhero flicks. Outside of films like Blade Superman, and Batman there were just a lot of hits and misses. In 2000 that all changed when director Bryan Singer brought the iconic X-Men to the big screen for the first time and it all changed. The series has delivered six sequels and numerous spin offs. The next chapter of the X-Men saga will revisit the Dark Phoenix saga once again now that it has rebooted its universe with the aptly titled X-Men: Dark Phoenix, but does it do the final entry into the FOX X-Universe justice or will it be a power not worth manifesting?


X-Men: Dark Phoenix follows the X-Men as they face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite - not only to save Jean's soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.


While this franchise has had its ups and downs, I am not one that have really disliked any of them. Sure I have had issues with them, but any chance to get to see the X-Men on the big screen doing their thing was a plus for me. While they missed the mark trying to deal with a variation of the Phoenix saga in X-Men: The Last Stand this time around it worked better and stuck closer to the source material. Sure there are in fact a lot of changes, but the idea is there making this feel like a different k