Dark Phoenix Postmortem: An X-Men Franchise Retrospective

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Dark Phoenix which has been subject to heavy reshoots and seen its release date pushed back several times over, marks the final installment of Fox’es X-men franchise. However, there was hardly any hype for it in advance, it’s been mauled by critics and fans a like, and it tanked at the boxoffice, so much so that it may ultimately lose the studio more than a hundred million.

In this postmortem retrospective, we will explore not just how Dark Phoenix could end up this bad, but how the entire franchise could g.o back and forth between greatness and utter mediocrity.
To do that, we will go back to the beginnings of the franchise, and briefly explore each movie in it, what made them either work or fail, to see how it all culiminated into Dark Phoenix, and what the future might hold at Disney.


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