Dark Phoenix is an upcoming American superhero film based on Marvel Comics’ X-Men characters, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is intended to be the twelfth installment in the X-Men film series, and the beginning of a new trilogy. The film is written and directed by Simon Kinberg, and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men must face the full power of the Phoenix after a mission to space goes wrong.
After X-Men: Days of Future Past erased the events of X-Men: The Last Stand from the series’ timeline, Kinberg expressed interest in a new, more faithful adaptation of Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s “The Dark Phoenix Saga” in a future film than his previous attempt with The Last Stand, which was not well received. The new adaptation was confirmed as a follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. Kinberg signed on to make his directorial debut in June 2017, when the majority of the cast was set to return from Apocalypse. Filming began later that month in Montreal, and was completed in October 2017, though reshoots are planned for the end of 2018.
Dark Phoenix is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 14, 2019.