What a dazzling cameo from one mutant in
X-Men: Dark Phoenix should have felt like an event, the final installment in a series that’s been around since 2000. Instead, it opened to $33 million, making it the first film in the franchise to not debut at number one. Blame bad reviews, blame reshoots and schedule shuffling, blame franchise fatigue (which also hit The Secret Life of Pets 2 hard). Or maybe blame the fact that the marketing didn’t do a good enough job of showcasing the movie’s true star: Dazzler!
Dark Phoenix writer and director Simon Kinberg has long been a fan of the singing mutant, who first appeared in 1980’s Uncanny X-Men #130, and he finally found an opportunity to put her into a movie.

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