Simon Kinberg Sheds Some Light On The Next ‘X-Men’ Film And How The Series Went Wrong With Dark Phoenix

Rumors became a little clearer for the next film in the main X-Men series of films. Fox is currently enjoying plenty of success with Logan — and some extra buzz thanks to Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool — but the next main X-Men film seems to be one that is garnering some attention. Can it meet the same level of quality as the last two spin-off films? And if so, who is going to direct?

Well in a new interview with Slash Film, Simon Kinberg reveals a bit about the the next in the series and what it could be about. Before jumping into the meat of the next film, though, Kinberg addressed a question about the “working title” of the next movie:

So speaking of the future, what can you tell me about the next X-Men movie? It’s called Supernova, is that right?

Kinberg: It’s not called Supernova. One of the things we do when we make these X-Men movies, to be totally candid, is — any of these movies, it’s on Star Wars, too — is you come up with fake names to throw people off the scent and when you’re out making the movie, the signs that show you where the locations are say Nova, or whatever the fake title is, and people figure it out, and I don’t even know why we do it anymore.

But at any rate, it’s not called Supernova.

Now sometimes the working title can drop some hints about the topic or identity of the next film, but who knows. What does seem to be true is the idea of Kinberg stepping behind the camera to direct the film. He calls the initial reports “premature” but does indicate that directing has been his goal for quite a while. He also addresses the rumored plot of the next film focusing on Dark Phoenix. While he can’t confirm any solid details, he does point out that any future take on the storyline won’t make the same mistakes as previous films:

I can’t comment on what we’re doing with this next X-Men movie, but I think a way to talk about it potentially, is to talk about X-Men: The Last Stand, and then that being a Dark Phoenix movie that we didn’t get quite right. I think of maybe a few mistakes we made in that movie — and every movie has mistakes — but the main mistake we made in that movie was taking the Dark Phoenix story, which is such a vast and profound saga, and making it the subplot of the movie as opposed to the main plot of the movie. I think if we were to make a Dark Phoenix movie in the future, it would be a Dark Phoenix movie about her struggle, and really should be the A plot and the primary of the movie.

So it’s all still up in the air, but it does seem like there is some truth to those rumors we’ve been hearing about the film. Unless Phoenix ends up being the focus of a new trilogy of films, with Proteus appearing as the rumored villain in the next film, a Dark Phoenix movie could be in the mix.

Personally, aside from all rumors and junk, it’d be a lot of fun to see the X-Men cover some of the iconic storylines from the past and head into space. Phoenix is a large piece of the comic history, so that’d likely be the proper way to cover that storyline. I’m sure there will be many rumors, hints, and false stories until then. I’m still waiting to see that Mister Sinister cameo in Logan!

(Via Slash Film)