In X2: X-Men United, director Bryan Singer seemed to be building up to an adaptation of one of the greatest X-Men stories ever, The Dark Phoenix Saga. Unfortunately for fans, Singer was lured away by the opportunity to direct Superman Returns, leaving Brett Rattner to direct X-Men: The Last Stand. While the film did follow through on Singer’s plans, the adaptation wasn’t received very well by fans.
But thanks to the magic of time travel and film prequels, X-Men: Apocalypse will reintroduce Jean Grey, this time as a teenager played by Sophie Turner. Now that Singer has returned to the X-Men franchise, might he revisit the story he left undone?
ComicBook.com has speculated that the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer is already pointing in that direction, but Singer isn’t so sure.
“The full Phoenix story, I have no idea,” Singer tells SlashFilm. “I would have to re-explore that. If it’s already been explored, to re-explore and retell it. Plus the Phoenix story in the comic book has the Shi’ar Empire and the moon…With that you never know, but as far as the idea of that brewing within her, without giving anything away I would say absolutely that interests me and you may find a piece of that in this film.”
Parsing out Singer’s statement, it sounds like we may indeed see the Phoenix manifest in Apocalypse, but there are no plans to adapt The Dark Phoenix Saga at this time.
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