Although fans had high expectations from Dark Phoenix, the movie was panned upon its release earlier last week. While most of the X-Men movies in the past had managed to become box office successes despite having poor review, Dark Phoenix opened to just $33 million domestically and set to lose at least $100 million. However, Simon Kinberg has recently revealed that he will be taking full responsibility for the failure of the latest release.
In a recent interview with KCRW, the director shared his view on the movie’s failure. He said, “It clearly is a movie that didn’t connect with audiences that didn’t see it, it didn’t connect enough with audiences that did see it. So that’s on me…”
While surprising, Dark Phoenix’s failure isn’t a massive surprise. The movie went through several production issues and was delayed for reshoots. Despite the problems, fans of the franchise expected to see a better movie. However, Kinberg claimed that he still had fun during the production of the movie. Most importantly, fans didn’t want to see another iteration of Dark Phoenix after Fox failed to deliver with The Last Stand back in 2006. As a result, fans already had biased views towards the movie which only got worse after the movie was harshly criticized for plot and direction upon its release.
At the moment, the future of X-Men franchise is up in the air after Disney’s acquisition of Fox. The X-Men spinoff, The New Mutants’ release was pushed back to next year for another round of reshoots. While we will have to wait to find out if the movie becomes box office success, it’s highly likely that we have seen the last of X-Men movies featuring major characters for a while. Although Disney acquired Fox and is currently planning on bringing the characters to MCU in future, the studio commented that it won’t rush anything to give the franchise a welcome break before going into the complete reboot process.
Despite recent X-Men movies, the original trilogy will stay in comic book fans’ mind for a long time. After all, original X-Men movies were extremely important to shape up current industry.