They’ve been on our screens for so long, but is Dark Phoenix the last X-Men movie?

Is Dark Phoenix the last X-Men movie? Following the film’s release, many would actually be happy to close the book on the comic-book movie franchise. 

Bryan Singer’s 2000 adaptation – X-Men – was a considerable game changer, leading the pack for subsequent superhero efforts such as Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man in 2002 and Ang Lee’s Hulk. The second entry – X2 – is generally considered the best of the entire series, but the third film – X-Men: The Last Stand – in 2006 threatened to derail it completely. 

However, X-Men Origins: Wolverine emerged in 2009 to revive it, but the film arguably failed to invest returning audiences in the mutant universe. It wasn’t until 2011 with X-Men: First Class that the series’ full potential was realised again. Since then, we’ve seen Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, which are both regarded rather fondly. Sadly, Dark Phoenix hasn’t been so lucky.  

What a disaster!

Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix has followed in the footsteps of X-Men: The Last Stand in its attempts to explore the Phoenix Force from the comics, but also in terms of its condemning reception

It currently boasts a measly 22% on Rotten Tomatoes, which Comic Book reports is the worst score of the entire X-Men series. It also has an underwhelming Metascore of 43. 

Safe to say, the verdict hasn’t been desirable for anyone involved. Is this it?

Is Dark Phoenix the last X-Men movie?

As you may know, Fox has been taken over by Disney, which means that the X-Men franchise is now in the hands of the mighty Mickey Mouse corporation. 

Dark Phoenix offers a conclusion to Fox’s X-Men franchise, but we can definitely expect to see the characters again. 

Following Disney’s acquisition of the beloved property, they’re surely headed for the MCU to join the likes of Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and more. So, while it’s the last Fox X-Men movie, it’s not the last. 


The X-Men series

On the whole, we have seen twelve X-Men movies.

Chronologically – according to release – we’ve had X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Logan, Deadpool 2, and finally, Dark Phoenix

The cinematic franchise has been entertaining audiences for just shy of two decades, but sadly, Dark Phoenix has left a bittersweet taste on the tongue for numerous fans. Hopefully, their suspected integration into the MCU will be a fortunate one, whenever that may be. 

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