Rumor Hints At Magneto's Role In X-Men: Dark Phoenix
X-Men: Apocalypse was not well liked. It sits at a 48% on the Tomatometer, while the reviled X3 sits at 58%. Let that sink in for a moment. All the more shocking is the fact that it was directed by Bryan Singer, the golden boy of the X-Men franchise and right after X-Men: Days of Future Past, also directed by Singer, held to a 91%. That's just the critics. Fans mocked the film from the outset for its portrayal of the titular Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) villain as a derivative, glorified purple monster from the Power Rangers. Personally, I didn't think the film was awful, but it definitely didn't feel like Singer was trying. Not even the lauded chemistry between James MacAvoy's Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender's Magneto could save the film. The film ended with Magneto actually helping to stave off the destruction about to be wrought by Apocalypse. What the film didn't show, was what Magneto was going to get himself into, now that the dust settled.
If rumors are to be believed, Magneto may be headed to the moon. Literally. Possible story details may have emerged, thanks to "anonymous sources" belonging to Nerdist. If rumors are to be believed (grain of salt, people) Erik Lehnsherr may be taking over for Apocalypse, at least in the "cult leader" aspect of things. The rumor states that we'll be getting our first look at the Acolytes. The Acolytes are a group of mutants who worship Magneto as a savior-figure as opposed to a military leader or political figure. Obviously, when you think of the Acolytes, you think of Avalon, the home base on the Moon, built by Magneto as a home away from the stresses of being a mutant amongst humanity. The rumor even goes so far as to say we'll be seeing the island of Genosha, another mutant stronghold liberated by Magneto and used as a respite before being destroyed by Sentinels in the comics.
To be honest, that all seems like quite a bit for one movie. None of that seems to have anything to do with the Phoenix either. So we've got a space station on the Moon, an island stronghold off the coast of Africa, a brand new band of mutants seeking to worship Magneto and all of that is supposed to fit into a movie about Jean Grey's alter ego without muddying the waters? Call me skeptical. It's one thing to weave multiple characters into a movie, but this seems to be talking about multiple storylines, each of which could be its own movie. We'll have to wait for more details to emerge, true believers. As soon as they do, we'll let you know.