Trivia for X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

  • This is the second film of the series to be based on the Dark Phoenix Saga, the first being X-Men: The Last Stand.
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix was originally planned to be two movies. However, during late pre-production, 20th Century Fox mandated that it be one movie instead.[1]
  • This is the second X-Men film not to feature Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, the first being Deadpool and the third being The New Mutants. This is also the sole film in the main series to lack any appearance from the character, as both Deadpool and The New Mutants are spinoffs.
  • This is Jessica Chastain's first Marvel film. She previously turned down the roles of Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3 and Hope van Dyne/Wasp in Ant-Man.[2][3]
  • This is the only film in the main series to not have "X-Men" in the title, although only in its domestic market (US). Internationally, the film retains the "X-Men" portion of the title.
  • The reason why Dark Phoenix dropped X-Men from the title was to mirror what Logan did: to showcase that it's a different kind of film and character-driven. Expanding on this, Simon King said: "[...] we really wanted to indicate that this is the Dark Phoenix story and that she's at the center of this story, she's the A-plot of this story, everything around this story revolves really centrally around Jean/Dark Phoenix as really the subject of the movie, not the object of the movie."[4]
  • Dark Phoenix takes place in 1992, the same year that X-Men: The Animated Series first debuted.
  • The concept of Jean directly merging with the Phoenix Force was adapted from X-Men: The Animated Series. The comic storyline originally depicted Phoenix as being Jean's new codename after a solar flare amplified her powers to god-like levels. This was later retconned to establish Phoenix as a separate cosmic entity that assumed Jean's appearance and memories.
  • Phoenix was originally conceptualized with a "fiery" look for the film. It was revamped in post-production to look more "cosmic".[5]
  • The third act was originally going to take place in space. After reshoots were completed, it was changed to a sequence where the X-Men are kidnapped and taken aboard a military train.[5]
  • Sophie Turner studied schizophrenia and disassociative identity disorder to ground her performance. She found a YouTube video that simulated what it would feel like to have auditory hallucinations. Turner would listen to it while walking around New York City, but found it hard to function while doing mundane tasks such as shopping or talking to people.[5]
  • Due to the film's limited runtime, director Simon Kinberg felt that adapting the Hellfire Club and Lilandra from the comic book storyline would have taken the focus away from Jean's character and the break-up of the X-Men family.[6]
  • Logan and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy were superhero films that Simon Kinberg drew influence from when he made Dark Phoenix.[7]
  • Simon Kinberg admitted that he ignored the Phoenix foreshadowing in X-Men: Apocalypse because he felt that the Phoenix Force should be depicted as "otherwordly" and not something inherent within Jean.[7]
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix was dedicated to the memory of Stan Lee, who passed away on November 12, 2018.[8] Lee was a prominent comic book writer at Marvel Comics, responsible for co-creating the X-Men with artist Jack Kirby.


  1. ‘Dark Phoenix’ Bombs And Will Lose $100M+: Here’s Why – Deadline
  2. Jessica Chastain Passes on 'Iron Man 3' Role
  3. Jessica Chastain reportedly turns down female lead in Ant-Man
  4. The Real Reason X-Men Isn't in the Title of 'Dark Phoenix' Revealed
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Dark Phoenix will bring the X-Men saga to an epic close
  6. Why X-Men: Dark Phoenix removed major elements from comic storyline
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dark Phoenix's Simon Kinberg on Emotional X-Men, Dark Knight
  8. Stan Lee Dead: Marvel Comics Legend Dies at 95 – Variety
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