The Canadian Prime Minister comes to visit the cast and crew of X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX as production of the film starts.
When a film or television show is filming in Canada, you may never expect to get the attention of those in government. Several shows have filmed in Canada and have yet to see any government types come visit them. Even shows such as Arrow, where Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen/Green Arrow as it films in Vancouver, Canada, is a native of Toronto, Canada, he has not been afforded the same chance to meet a government of Canada person. While those in the “Arrowverse” are not given the same opportunity, there are some movie and TV show cast and crews that are given the chance to meet big Canadian government leaders. One of which was the cast of X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Production has just started on the set for X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Actors like James McAvoy and Sophie Turner have already arrived on set to start filming. The cast, under the direction of long-time X-Men producer and now director Simon Kinberg, were lucky to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. McAvoy shared the experience with a photo of the cast and crew in attendance. “Just met ‘the dude’” McAvoy said. “thank you Canada for such a progressive,impressive and somewhat suggestive real life superhero. #justintrudeau #xmen #somanyopenmouths #priministerinatshirt.”
McAvoy, the actor currently playing Charles Xavier/Professor X was in attendance with Turner, who plays Jean Grey/Phoenix (the main focus of the new film), Lisa Liberati, his girlfriend, Alexandra Shipp, who plays Ororo Munroe/Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee, who portrays Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, Kinberg and X-Men producer Hutch Parker. The latest film was hinted at during different parts of X-Men: Apocalypse, the last film in the early saga of the X-Men introducing the origins of Professor X, Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender and Raven Darkholme/Mystique, portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence.
The Dark Phoenix Saga by writer Chris Claremont and artists Dave Cockrum and John Byrne is one of the most iconic storylines in all of comics. It takes Jean Grey’s character and introduces her malevolent alter ego, Dark Phoenix. Xavier had initially seen a Phoenix raptor manifest itself in young Jean’s mind when he first recruited her for the X-Men. So, he put up psychic barriers to prevent Jean from utilizing her psychic powers until she became older.
When the X-Men went into space, the Phoenix Force took note of Grey’s potential and Jean had a vision of becoming the Phoenix, which would later vanish. It would resurface when she was dying of radiation poisoning and the Phoenix Force crafted a duplicate body with all her memories and personality putting a portion of her consciousness into it while the rest of her was cast into suspended animation.
The Phoenix believed itself to be her and even went insane to become Dark Phoenix. Jean’s consciousness was eventually returned back to her original body. She dispelled all of the Pheonix’s memories and personality and became herself once more. The film is likely to not be one hundred percent faithful to the original story since it will probably divulge a little with the X-Men movie universe being a different animal from the comics.
What will be interesting to see is whether or not Trudeau has a cameo appearance but also how effective of a director Kinberg is. He’s admitted to making mistakes in the past with his writing but it should be noted, whether or not his decisions were popular, his work was mostly always well received in the goals it was seeking to achieve. The bar is high since Bryan Singer, the previous main X-Men director, had a very well reviewed set of X-Men films except for X-Men: Apocalypse, the last X-Men feature. Here is hoping that Kinberg is as good a director as he is writer and producer.