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Trailer | Marvel’s DARK PHOENIX

Reborn from the ashes! The next film in the X-Men franchise will be revisiting one of the most popular arcs in the mythology while reigniting the series. Here is X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX…

The good news this week came when Disney Studios finally announced it had won its long-running bid to absorb 20th Century Fox which would reunite the Marvel Comics properties that have long been a box office boon for the studio. This will bring the various X-Men film franchises including Deadpool (starring Ryan Reynolds) and Fantastic Four back into the fold and into the realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which after the reacquisition of Spider-Man from Sony helped to bring the web-slinger into the Avengers: Infinity War.

When director Bryan Singer introduced the mighty mutants onto the big screen X-Men released in 2000 was practically unchallenged in the blockbuster arena and quickly helped to ramp up the interest in the superhero genre as a viable effort. The film also made overnight stars of its cast including Hugh Jackman who would immediately spin-off his portrayal of Wolverine into a separate franchise that recently concluded with the critically acclaimed Logan. Since 2000 there have been 2 additional sequel films and three “prequel” films expanding on the mythology.

The X-Men franchise has proven a money-maker for FOX and expanded the franchise narrative beyond the theatrical realm to television with the hit FX series Legion and the family drama The Gifted which are also suggested to take place within the “X-Men” cinematic experience. Although the last big-screen venture 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse did not draw in audiences as eagerly as its predecessors (though the films returned Singer to the director’s seat), FOX immediately recommended that a follow-up be green-lit.

Sophie Turner as Jean Grey in the last feature film “X-Men: Apocalypse” exhibits all new abilities foreshadowing the events to come in “Dark Phoenix”.

Reborn

The next installment in the film series will be X-Men: Dark Phoenix and is promising to realize one of the comic book’s more enduring and popular storylines that is centered on Jean Grey (played by Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner) and her ascent to near-omnipotence! The film will reunite the “reboot” cast which includes Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender and will also co-star Jessica Chastain. “The Dark Phoenix Saga” written for the comics by Chris Claremont and John Byrne and published in 1980 was a best-seller for Marvel.

In the last feature, Turner’s Jean Grey exhibited an astonishing new level of power when the heroes faced the long-lived tyrannical Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) and his four horsemen. The “Dark Phoenix” story was also touched upon as a supplemental narrative of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Directed by Brett Ratner it proved the most unpopular of the first series of films, and an unlikely conclusion to the trilogy. Most of the events from that film appeared to have been retcon at the conclusion of 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Here is the trailer to X-Men: Dark Phoenix:

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The CW Crossover Event is bound for ELSEWORLDS

Expect the unexpected this season when The CW DC TV crossover event takes its heroes to the edges of uncharted new frontiers when the limitless ELSEWORLDS of possibilities opens the flood gates to an all-new adventure.

The final frontier of superhero storytelling has just been breached! Cisco Ramon may be able to navigate the multiverse, but even he isn’t prepared to surf the wave of what’s about to hit! This season when the epic 3-night crossover event plays out on The CW it will take the primetime heroes to the farthest reaches and beyond of the multiverse as The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl venture into the depths of the “Elseworlds”. For fans familiar with the DC Comics publishing stunt, you know, all bets are off!

The “Elseworlds” storylines often explored in the books have included some of the most surprising and dynamic new spins on well established favorites. From steampunk universes, to vampiric legions of superheroes, under the “Elseworlds” banner DC creatives turned the multiverse on its ear and introduced unbelievable new possibilities. So how is that going to translate now that it has been revealed that when the primetime heroes unite for their annual crossover event they’ll be entering into the realm of “Elseworlds”?

It can mean anything! Since the debut of The Flash in 2014, the crossover stunt, then with its sister series Arrow, has become undoubtedly the most anticipated broadcast event of the season. Since then the DC primetime universe has expanded to include Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The series have crossover and joined forces to face an immortal foe, repel an alien invasion, battle an alternate-earth’s Nazi regime in cinematic blockbuster style. And with the exception of the newest hero in the primetime lineup Black Lightning has featured an all-star cast!

Gotham Knights!

It was first mentioned as far back as this summer, during San Diego Comic-Con that this year’s crossover would introduce a new hero onto the scene and expand on the world of the Arrowverse. With Batwoman played by Ruby Rose featuring as a major player and Gotham City, the home of the Caped Crusader himself Batman, the backdrop onto which the crossover will play out, and it was also confirmed that this year’s event would focus solely on the primetime trinity, centered on The Flash (Grant Gustin), Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist).

It has also been revealed that another antagonist from the DC Comics multiverse will be intervening on events when The Monitor makes his primetime debut. The character was of course instrumental to and at the center of the publishing company’s biggest comics event, 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths. The classic 12-part limited series was written by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez and marked a significant reboot (the first of many to come) in the DC Comics universe. What will that mean to the events about the spool out in the “Elseworlds” crossover?

LaMonica Garrett has been cast as “The Monitor” in this season’s crossover epic.

Entertainment Weekly reported LaMonica Garrett from ABC’s Designated Survivor has been cast in the role of and will be playing The Monitor, Mar Novu. How this character’s presence will impact the primetime series narrative going forward is yet to be determined, but the race of Monitors, tasked with keeping the multiverse intact, may be an indicator of what DCTV fans have always hoped, and that is the inevitability of the “Crisis” storyline playing out as was suggested in “The Pilot” episode of The Flash.

Former Lost alum Jeremy Davies will be playing the crossover’s main villain, Dr. John Deegan who is a dangerously unscrupulous physician in attendance in Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum For the Criminally Insane. Deegan in some way sets in motion a series of events that will bring our heroes to Gotham City and in the crosshairs of one of the city’s ardent defenders. The “Elseworlds” event will also incorporate some additional heavy lifting that will come in the form of Supergirl’s famous cousin, as the Man of Steel, Superman is reportedly joining the team!

“Elseworlds” The CW’s DC crossover event will air Dec 9.