Fox’s X-Men franchise was by and far the most inconsistent blockbuster franchise in recent memory. So, it isn’t really surprising that Dark Phoenix ended up losing the studio $133 million, becoming the biggest bomb of 2019. Starting off with X-Men and X2, which are beloved by audiences to this day, the series hit a snag with 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.
Problems only continued with 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a prequel that explored the origins of Wolverine before he joined the team. In dire need of a fresh start, Fox elected to go in a new direction with 2011’s X-Men: First Class, a prequel starring a young Professor X and Magento in the 1960s. The film was loved by audiences and critics alike. And was then followed by Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The Usual Suspect
Singer, who spearheaded the franchise in its early days, has long been facing allegations of sexual assault and raping young boys. His crimes were a notorious open-secret in Hollywood; I am glad to see that he is facing the brunt of his actions in Hollywood. Also acting as the director for 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the director was reported to disappear from sets for days. In any case, Singer’s career has stalled as a result of his past misdeeds.
Deadpool and Logan managed to breathe new life into the franchise with unique and refreshing takes on the superhero genre. The former was a meta-comedy starring the Merc With A Mouth. And the latter a western, exploring themes of ageing and death.
Fox had carved a niche for itself in the superhero genre. And New Mutants, which still hasn’t been released, was another step in the right direction. But then, for some reason, they shot themselves in the foot with the disaster that was Dark Phoenix.
As the second attempt at recreating the iconic Dark Phoenix saga; the film earned negative reviews and was a box-office bomb. It’s a darn shame how the franchise ended when there was so much that was good about it.