X-Men: Dark Phoenix has the potential to become one of the biggest redo efforts in cinematic history, after 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand arguably botched its take on the iconic early-1980s “Dark Phoenix” storyline from the pages of the X-Men comic books. However, it appears that Dark Phoenix will also become the platform for the cinematic debut of a popular Marvel Comics character in Dazzler.
According to EW, the one and only Alison Blaire, better known to the Marvel Comics fandom as Dazzler, is coming to the big screen in the 2018-scheduled X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The character, who debuted in the pages of The Uncanny X-Men in 1980, was initially depicted as a pop disco siren – originally known to get around on roller skates – who also happens to possess the mutant power to convert sound vibrations – notably from her singing voice – into beams of light and energy.
Dazzler – who remains a perennial part of the Marvel Comics Universe – has always been seen as an eccentric comic curiosity and a contemporaneous sign of the mirror-ball-fixated, disco-listening times. Interestingly, the character’s conception was originally designed to serve a cross-promotion effort with the rock band KISS. Her 1980 arrival in the pages of The Uncanny X-Men was heavily-heralded and she was worked into the early issues of “The Dark Phoenix Saga.” In fact, at one point in the early 1980s, a Dazzler solo movie was being planned with the braided 10 actress Bo Derek eyed to star.
The arrival of Dazzler into the Fox X-Men movie mythos was actually heralded in an Easter egg moment that acknowledged her existence in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse in which Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey is shown a comic-book-accurate LP of Dazzler’s (fictional) album “Sounds of Light and Fury.” In fact, back in April 2016 – on the cusp of Apocalypse’s May release – Turner herself stoked speculation over Dazzler, posting the aforementioned Easter egg on social media, tagging a picture of it with the name of music megastar Taylor Swift. That speculation will undoubtedly be reignited with this news.
Regardless, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, will clearly focus on a very familiar ordeal that potentially carries catastrophic cosmic implications, tied to the romantic relationship between Tye Sheridan’s Scott Summers/Cyclops and Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey, who makes a dangerously omnipotent transition into the titular Dark Phoenix. With the ultra-powerful telepath Grey being taken over by a malevolent cosmic entity with an insatiable desire for destruction, hard, likely-tragic choices will have to be made.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which recently confirmed Simon Kinberg as its director, is scheduled to arrive at theaters on November 2, 2018.