Fans of the Dark Phoenix Saga storyline from Marvel Comics were ecstatic to learn that the Shi’ar Empire, an alien race, would be included in the on-screen adaptation. The Shi’ar attack Jean Grey after she departs to space and begins devouring stars in order to sustain her energy and power. After Jean returns to earth, the Shi’ar abduct the X-Men because they deem Jean Grey a threat who must be put to death. This is a lot of off-Earth travel, which we’ve seen time and time again in Marvel films, but it hasn’t been explored in the X-Men cinematic universe. It has been confirmed that they will delve into this in Dark Phoenix, but the extent is not yet known, Director Simon Kinberg however did recently state that they want to make sure this still feels like a grounded X-Men film.
“[We must] find a way to ground it so it’s not too intergalactic.”
This is definitely something for the studio to be concerned with, especially because the X-Men have not been into space previously in the film franchise; it wouldn’t feel like it belonged in the franchise if they focused on the intergalactic aspect of the story too much. On the other hand, there is concern that they may not focus on it enough and it seems like jus a throwaway plot point. Hopefully they’ll be able to find a happy medium, but this is all just speculation for now so be sure to stay tuned for updates on all things Dark Phoenix!
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Source: Heroic Hollywood