If you've been following along with the ongoing speculation about the next X-Men movie after X-Men: Apocalypse, you are aware that its working title is X-Men: Supernova and that it will focus on the Dark Phoenix storyline, first made famous by Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand. This news comes from highly reliable sources uncovered through the collective investigative journalism skills of the entire entertainment media, or as it is otherwise known, looking at the listings on Hollywood casting call websites. The latest piece of evidence was discovered by Eisner award winning website CBR, which found the following synopsis for the movie on a reliable site called My Entertainment World (50% off magic wand attachments from now until Valentines Day).
Gathered together by Professor Charles Xavier to protect a world that fears and hates them, the X-Men had fought many battles, been on adventures that spanned galaxies, grappled enemies of limitless might, but none of this could prepare them for the most shocking struggle they would ever face. One of their own members, Jean Grey, has gained power beyond all comprehension, and that power has corrupted her absolutely! Now they must decide if the life of the woman they cherish is worth the existence of the entire universe!
That does sound an awful lot like the Dark Phoenix story, though, to be fair, it could also be about the X-Men going on a long car trip with Jean Grey driving, which of course means she gets to pick what's on the radio, and she will only listen to the 90s alternative rock station, prompting the X-Men to consider ditching her at a rest stop in Oklahoma after the twenty-seventh time they've heard that stupid Temple of the Dog song. We're leaning toward that whole Dark Phoenix thing, which seems more likely.
Though it will surely be tough to top the fondly-remembered X-Men: The Last Stand, the Dark Phoenix storyline is up for grabs since the franchise is rumored to be undergoing another quasi-reboot, putting it two continuities removed from the original X-Men movieverse. Theoretically, the latest generation of X-Men from X-Men: Apocalypse would star in this movie, with previous generation stars like Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michal Fassbender moving on. However, it's worth noting that the synopsis mentions Professor X, which could mean that McAvoy or others could renew their contracts, or that Professor X will be recast, which would be great for the entertainment news business as we could run speculative articles about which bald actor will play him for months.
We'll be sure to keep monitoring all of these situations over the coming months and letting you know with sensational articles based on what amounts to information copied and pasted from job listings on Craigslist, so stay clicked to Bleeding Cool for all your X-Men movie rumor needs!