The X-Men movies just aren’t as good as the MCU movies. But I still prefer them, because the X-Men are what I grew up reading and because the X-Men are simply better grist than the Avengers. For all its faults, I still like X-Men: Apocalypse because it reminds me of the X-Men comics I grew up reading.
Apocalypse is also obvious in setting up what will be the movie franchise’s second crack at the Dark Phoenix Saga after badly bobbling it in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Check out the first trailer for Dark Phoenix below the jump.
It isn’t going to stop my from dragging my wife along for a V-Day X-Men date, but I am skeptical. The talent of James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender hasn’t allowed for great X-Men movie yet (the only great X-Men movie is Logan). And I still have serious doubts about Sophie Turner’s acting chops. But they have great source material, and that is the first step. His role in the trailer notwithstanding, I also hold out hope that Magneto won’t continue to dominate the franchise in the way he has so far.
Dark Phoenix (no X-Men in the title, as best I can tell) gets its theatrical release on February 14, 2019–so romantic!