DARK PHOENIX: Olivia Munn Confirms That Psylocke Won't Return As Trailer #3 Is Officially Classified

DARK PHOENIX: Olivia Munn Confirms That Psylocke Won't Return As Trailer #3 Is Officially Classified DARK PHOENIX: Olivia Munn Confirms That Psylocke Won't Return As Trailer #3 Is Officially Classified

Olivia Munn has finally confirmed that Psylocke won't be making an appearance in Dark Phoenix despite being a breakout fan-favourite in X-Men: Apocalypse. We may also have a trailer update for you...

By JoshWilding - Feb 13, 2019 01:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Dark Phoenix
Source: Entertainment Tonight
As expected, Olivia Munn has confirmed that she will not be returning as Psylocke in Dark Phoenix. It's been clear for a while now that the breakout X-Men: Apocalypse villain wouldn't factor into the story but there's no conspiracy here; the actress simply didn't have time to return due to The Predator.

"I was filming Predator at the time so there wasn’t time for me to film it and so I’m not in it. I will tell you guys," she revealed. The actress went on to explain why she's been keeping quiet about Psylocke and it sounds like it boils down to Fox reprimanding her for mentioning in a past interview that they may have been considering releasing Dark Phoenix as a two-part movie.

"I can’t say anything because last time I said a little bit they sent me a note. But I’m not in it," she reaffirmed.

While it's possible that Dark Phoenix was going to be a two-parter at some point, those hopes have been dashed by the Disney/Fox merger and it sounds like the studio has spent enough money on it thanks to those expensive reshoots without cutting it in two! 

On another note, it seems as if that new trailer for the movie is indeed on the way but it's not going to provide a particularly lengthy look at what's to come. Could that be because the VFX still 
aren't done?

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A Fresh Take On Scott Summers/Cyclops

Comic book fans have always been somewhat dissatisfied with how Cyclops has been portrayed on the big screen and it sounds like Kinberg has actually made a conscious effort to address that in this movie. "Jean and Cyclops are a couple in the film," he confirms. "Scott will take much more of a leadership role than he has in previous movies. He's not as much of a boy scout as he was."

He also notes that Scott will be central to the main story because of his relationship with Jean Grey.

When Dark Phoenix Takes Place

The timeline of these X-Men movies makes absolutely no sense and after taking us to the 80s in X-Men: ApocalypseDark Phoenix will land in the 90s. Now, Kinberg has confirmed that this adventure takes place nine years after that movie meaning the team has presumably gained quite a bit of experience. 

Of course, that doesn't explain how old any of them are but we now know we'll be in 1992 here. 

Forget About Seeing The X-Men: Apocalypse Suits

At the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, the heroes finally got costumes which resembled those of their comic book counterparts. It was obviously a shame that they hadn't worn them in the movie itself but surely they'd have them in the sequel, right? Nope. Instead, Kinberg has gone back to the classic yellow and blue and he confirms in this interview that we won't see the Apocalypse costumes at all here.

The Movie's Running Time

Asked about the movie's running time and whether or not it's changed since those reshoots were ordered, Kinberg was vague but confirmed that the plan from day one was to have the movie land at around the two-hour mark. He said that it's not going to come in under two hours (which is always a bad sign for blockbusters) or at two and a half. Instead, they're looking at 2 hours, 20 minutes at most.

There Will Be Plenty Of Emotion

Asked what the focus of Dark Phoenix is, Kinberg says that the movie will focus on the "evolution" and "devolution" of the Phoenix and we'll be getting a "dramatic, intense, and emotional story."

That certainly sounds like the right sort of direction to take this movie in and fans will no doubt appreciate that Fox is bringing a certain level of gravitas to one of the most famous X-Men stories.

The Last Stand Regrets

Kinberg penned the screenplay for the much maligned X-Men: The Last Stand and, surprisingly, he believes that the mainstream audience liked it (it has a 61% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so perhaps he's on to something). However, the filmmaker admitted that he still has some regrets.

"What I regret about it is that it's not the 'Dark Phoenix' storyline," he explained. "It's 'The Cure' story with Dark Phoenix as a subplot and it should have been the 'Dark Phoenix' as the main plot of the film." Kinberg went on to say that he believes the world wasn't ready for a dark superhero movie.

The Phoenix Will Be A Cosmic Entity

After seeing the trailer for Dark Phoenix, many fans have jumped to the conclusion that Professor X is responsible for Jean being made to forget a tragedy in her past and that's how she ends up turning "Dark." Well, Kinberg has now confirmed that's not the case and says that there's actually "a cosmic entity force that's more responsible for what happened." So, he' is sticking to the comic books then.

It's Business As Usual Despite The Disney Deal

Many fans have argued that there's no point in Dark Phoenix existing when Marvel Studios is planning to reboot the franchise. However, Kinberg confirms that as of right now, it's business as usual.

"Until the deal is completely finished—which has in principal terms been agreed to by the two boards but it hasn’t yet gone through the final approvals that go through the government. But until that’s done, Fox has to remain Fox and perform as it would as if it wasn’t up for sale. So for all intents and purposes, you proceed as business as usual." So, that's why they're working on Gambit!

What Those Reshoots Have Changed

As for those reshoots, Kinberg reiterates that they were needed to change the third act and then make a few changes earlier in the movie to address those. This sounds an awful lot like what happened to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and, well, that ended up mostly being pretty damn good, didn't it? 

"Mostly we focused on the third act, both emotionally and in terms of the physical scale and the action of the third act that we adjusted," he explained to the site. "And then there were certain things in the first two acts of the movie—very few things, but to set up those changes in the third act we had to adjust some things in the first two acts so that that all was fluid and felt consistent."

The Questions Kinberg Couldn't Answer

This might mean a lot or absolutely nothing but when Kinberg was asked whether we'll see Jean Grey's classic Jim Lee costume from the comics, he chose to pass. He was also quizzed about the possibility of Magneto and Quicksilver finally addressing their familial relationship but wouldn't say a thing. That's long overdue but seeing as X-Men: Apocalypse ignored it, we probably shouldn't get our hopes up.

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bkmeijer2 - 2/13/2019, 1:22 AM
I dont mind, Psylocke was really wasted anyway. I prefer Munn interviewing awkward gamers
Cap1 - 2/13/2019, 2:06 AM
Only thing I'm looking forward to for this film is Michael Fassbender, as good a casting as Robert Downey Jr. Otherwise looks generic n boring
OptimusGrime - 2/13/2019, 2:26 AM
I like Olivia Munn - she one of those actresses that is super hot...but totally doesnt act like it. She's like a hot tom boy...wait am i writing in my diary right now or a public forum...eeek!
bkmeijer2 - 2/13/2019, 2:54 AM
@OptimusGrime - If it means anything, I recommend watching some of her scenes in Magic Mike
OptimusGrime - 2/13/2019, 3:09 AM
@MalseMarcel - Good work Hoss. Will do. :-)
Kyos - 2/13/2019, 2:32 AM
There were two trailers already?!

TheHitchhikingGhost - 2/13/2019, 3:42 AM
Why, uh, are we still talking about her?
TheHitchhikingGhost - 2/15/2019, 3:31 AM
@Soos - Question still stands, friend.
PicolasCage - 2/13/2019, 3:56 AM
Where’s that gif of her seeing how many hot dogs she can stuff in her mouth at once?
Matador - 2/13/2019, 5:12 AM
@PicolasCage -

PicolasCage - 2/13/2019, 6:58 PM
@Matador - never seen that one before actually haha, but that’ll do.
Typhoon20 - 2/13/2019, 4:16 AM
Is this the actress who made that cringey '' I can still deepthroat hotdogs'' comment at the most awkward comic con event for Apocalypse?
superbigguy32 - 2/13/2019, 4:52 AM
Why did they even make this? Apocalypse should’ve been the last one.
BuzzKillington - 2/13/2019, 4:57 AM
She was only ever gonna be a one-off character and she was barely even a character in Apocalypse.
sickboy76 - 2/13/2019, 5:18 AM
Is psylocke returning for another X men movie? said no one ever Someone posting a bit of clickbait as it's a slow news day?
BringFFtoMCU - 2/13/2019, 5:25 AM
WeaponXCII - 2/13/2019, 5:44 AM
noahthegrand - 2/13/2019, 6:07 AM
How do you think they’ll do Psylocke in the MCU, considering she’s not actually Asian in the comics but a blonde British girl in an Asian body?
theFUZZ008 - 2/13/2019, 6:08 AM
She's hot.
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