The future of the X-Men film franchise is largely unknown thanks to Disney's in-progress buyout of 21st Century Fox. But before all of that, there's still one more core X-Men film left to come from 20th Century Fox - 2019's Dark Phoenix.
According to Dark Phoenix writer/director/producer Simon Kinberg, the film (which dropped "X-Men" from its title earlier this year) is intended not necessarily to set the tone for future X-Men movies specifically, but to open the door for whatever comes next.
“I see it as a new chapter. I see it as taking the franchise in a different direction tonally," Kinberg told Brazilian media outlet CinePOP. "And that doesn’t mean that the next one will have the same tone, it just means that the next one can have a different tone. I think for many years, the X-Men, Bryan [Singer] really transformed the superhero genre in 2000 or 2001 when the first one came out...X-Men sort of was revolutionary in its moment.
“But that was 20 years ago and I think, I really felt like it time to really change the look, the feel, the tone, the vibe of these movies," Kinberg continued. "And that doesn’t mean this is the one going forward. It just means that if it’s me or whoever directs the next one, you can make it different, and you have to make it different.”
Here's the full video of the interview:
Kinberg's admission that he may not be at the helm of the next X-Men film - whatever form it takes - is unsurprising given that even if he's more aware than he's letting on, as far as the general public is concerned, nothing is set in stone when it comes to the future of the franchise.
Dark Phoenix is scheduled for a June 7, 2019 theatrical release.