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X-MEN REBOOT: DARK PHOENIX

X-Cast – Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, Psylocke, Storm, Rogue, Ice Man, Bishop, and Beast, under the leadership of Professor X.

This is post 3 of the X-Reboot plan. Read the 1st one HERE and the 2nd one HERE.

This one is super hard to fit in my reboot because it’s already been announced and we already know it’ll be taking place in the 90’s. Yes, stupid ass Fox will just continue down this idiotic path of fucking up all the X-Timelines for…reasons. Also, Dark Phoenix was a story I was saving for the X-Factor movie later down the road in this plan. But Fox signed Sophie Fisher to multiple movies, and she does make an excellent Jean Grey, so they will be continuing their sub-par storytelling.

So here’s what will have to be done. New Mutants will take place in the Deadpool timeline, while this one will take place before that. The final scene of this one will flash forward to the future (the Deadpool timeline) and we’ll be all caught up. The big bonus here is that we can now bring in Storm much earlier than I planned, as well as bringing back Olivia Munn’s Psylocke and Ellen Paige’s Kitty Pryde.

I’m aware of how large this cast is. As you will see though, the large cast is necessary. The X-Men will be split up into multiple teams for the final battle, and this can’t be done with a more traditional sized team. We can also take advantage of the fact that a lot of these characters have already been introduced in the previous X-Film. This will also eventually lead to X-Factor and X-Force spin-offs, so this is a great place to have many of the characters live right now.

The main focus of this movie will be Jean Grey and the Phoenix force, but first, a subplot. Since we have to have a movie set in the 90’s, why not take advantage of it and give the backstory of Bishop here. We all now know and love him from New Mutants, let’s see how he got to our timeline. He will arrive with most of his memory gone about why. He remembers that there will be a mutant from this era who takes over the world and must be stopped. He can’t remember who this was. This will all make a lot of sense much later in the reboot, but for now, just know it’s an important part of the larger story-line all these movies lead to.

The Shi’ar have been tracking the deadly Phoenix force for as long as they have existed, and it has currently brought them to earth. They set up a base on the moon, and we learn about the Shi’ar and the Phoenix Force during early scenes in the movie. We only see hints that Jean Grey has it until a small disturbing event forces it out. For a moment, Jean loses control before Professor X is able to get her back. 

Jean Grey brings Cyclops home to meet her parents after this. Professor X thought it would be a good idea for her to have a weekend away. Unfortunately, the Shi’ar have tracked the Phoenix Force to Jean due to the events that just happened. They come to earth, and blow up the Grey house, killing everyone in it except Jean and Cyclops. Saving herself and Cyclops took a lot out of Jean, and she’s unconscious. Cyclops manages to get them to safety, but the Shi’ar believe their mission to be successful.

When Jean & Scott return to the X-Mansion, Jean is still unconscious, but waking periodically. Every time she wakes, she is more the Dark Phoenix. The Shi’ar that attacked the Grey house return to the moon, only to find out their mission was unsuccessful and they send another team to the X-Mansion.

The Shi’ar arrive, but Professor X is able to convince them they don’t need to kill Jean. Together, they can work to both save Jean and destroy the Phoenix Force.  

After reading the minds of the Shi’ar, Professor X knows they will turn their backs on the deal at a moment’s notice. He sends Bishop, Psylocke, and Kitty Pryde to meet with a friend that has the capability to escape into space. Introducing Reed Richards. We also get to meet Sue Richards and their mutant child, Franklin, in this scene. 

When Jean wakes up and realizes her parents are dead, the Phoenix completely takes over and she becomes Dark Phoenix. She heads straight for the moon to destroy the Shi’ar. The rest of the X-Men board Reed Richard’s ship and head after her.

When they arrive at the moon, the X-Men split up into the following teams: 

Team 1: Kitty Pryde & Beast – They stay on the ship, working on a scientific resolution to the problem. Eventually working with one of the Shi’ar scientists.

Team 2: Professor X & Storm- They head to the Shi’ar leadership on the moon to attempt a peaceful, diplomatic resolution.

Team 3: Nightcrawler & Cyclops – They’re tasked with direct confrontation with Dark Phoenix. 

Team 4: Psylocke, Ice Man, Rogue, and Bishop – Bishop leads this team on the battlefield, holding back the Shi’ar from killing Jean. 

Team 1 comes up with an idea that fails. Team 2 has no luck finding a diplomatic solution, but do stall the Shi’ar. Team 4 is overtaken. Dark Phoenix becomes highly agitated when the Shi’ar push past Team 4 and bring the battle to her.

The end between Cyclops and Jean Grey will match the comics story-line.

The post-credits will flash forward to the Deadpool timeline and we see Sophie Fisher, only she is not Jean Grey, she’s Madelyne Prior.

The next chapter of the reboot plan will discuss the Deadpool 2 and the Gambit movie. Read that HERE.

 

X-MEN REBOOT

I grew up an X-Men fan. They were the only comic book I liked, & I read anything mutant. The first couple X-Men films were very exciting, but I was on some level, disappointed in all the solo Wolverine movies (except for the most recent one), and all the X-Team movies since then. Also, I’m obviously not alone when I say the Fantastic Four movies have left a lot to be desired. I argue about this stuff to anyone who’ll listen, and they always ask, “what would you do to fix it?”

Over the next few posts, I’ll be outlining my plan to fix the X-Men Cinematic Universe, which will include the Fantastic Four. This will be a complete reboot, with the exception of Deadpool. This plan will cover thirteen films and take the X-Men all the way to the mid-2020’s. 

In comparison to a lot of other super heroes, the Fantastic Four are not the most exciting. They are, however, integral in the Marvel Universe in so many ways. The most boring part about them is their origin and earth-bound stories. This is why their movies have failed. I will be placing them where they are most fun: in space, in other dimensions, or playing vital roles in bigger story-lines. 

Franklin Richards, the son of Sue & Reed Richards is a mutant, and a great tie-in with the X-Men. He also plays a vital role in the bigger story of Onslaught, who will be the big bad all of these movies are leading up to.

While I’ve never been a fan of rebooting movies, it has become obvious the X-Men are in a dire need of this. The timelines they’ve played with have made everything ridiculous. Also, a lot of their famous cast are now done.

While Fox has not been very good at making superhero movies, they have been great at casting. That’s probably the reason they held off on a reboot thus far, and is why they have multiple great Professor X’s and Magneto’s right now. I can’t keep all or most of the current cast in a reboot, but I feel like I can keep a few. Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey, Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, and Olivia Munn’s Psylocke are three I’d absolutely love to keep. Three would be tough, and as good as Quicksilver has been, he’s just not necessary to the plan. Northstar (who basically has the same powers as Quicksilver) is a big part of this, meaning Evan Peters can be cut. Olivia Munn wasn’t a major character in Apocalypse, almost like Deadpool was in Wolverine, so she’s definitely doable. Sophie Turner is a bit tougher. I’d love to keep her, but if it can’t be well done, then recast her.

The one thing that’s great about the current X-Universe (other than Fox’s casting) is Deadpool. This is why I want to reboot everything into the Deadpool Universe/timeline. I would utilize Deadpool like how Marvel utilized Iron Man by making him the center of the universe at first.

A lot of people may be screaming right now to just give it all back to Marvel. First of all, that won’t happen, but more importantly, you don’t really want that. Marvel simply can’t and won’t put out that many movies in one year. To truly do the X-Men and Fantastic Four justice, Marvel would need to double the number of movies it releases each year. Does this sound realistic? No.

Freddy Krueger, Darth Vader, and Magneto: My 3 favorite villains of all time, in no particular order. But it’s well known that Magneto has been done to death in the movies. So I’ll be giving him a little break for a while, but he will be an impactful part of the larger story-line.

These movies will press boundaries, and even have a different feel from one another while still tie together. Deadpool & X-Force will headline the R-Rated angle, while New Mutants will have a “teen” feel, taking place in the Xavier School. Fantastic Four will be otherworldly, taking place in space and other dimensions. And the X-Men films will be grand in scope, and epic in outcomes.

One more thing before I get into the actual movie slate. The X-Universe has only one top-tier black character: Storm. Beyond that, Bishop is the only other really cool black character. Bishop will play a major role in my plan, but there’s unfortunately no room for Storm until later. With the exception of the few actual casting suggestions I make, I’m going to stay away from race with the knowledge that they should be casting black, Asian, Latino, and gay characters. Change anyone, it ultimately doesn’t matter to the story, but they need to have a diverse cast. I’m sure there will be some uprising online if they cast a black actor to play Cyclops, but screw those people, it has to be done.  

So all that being said, come back to read the plan as it unfolds. My upcoming posts will outline the movie release slate and the important plot points that will happen in them. I do this fully aware that there are X-Movies already in the works, and this plan can be easily amended to accommodate that. For example, has the Gambit movie been shelved? If so, I’ll find another way to reintroduce Psylocke. Is the next X-Film doing the Dark Phoenix story? Fine; because there’s a hundred other great stories to choose from to replace it.

This is part 1 of a 13 part series about this reboot. Below is the slate I’ll be working with. As they are posted, I’ll turn this list into links.

New Mutants

Deadpool 2

X-Men: Dark Phoenix/Shi’ar

Gambit

Fantastic 4 

X-Force 

X-Men: Shadow King 

Exiles 

X-Factor 

Cable/Deadpool 

X-Men: Onslaught Part 1 

Fantastic 4: Part 2 

X-Men: Onslaught Part 2