While most X-Men fans are mad with the way writer Simon Kinberg handled the Dark Phoenix storyline with X-Men: Last Stand, it seems like the scribe will have a chance to fix his wrongs by reintroducing Jean Grey as a younger version in the next movie and starting a whole new storyline. But is it the right time?
Kinberg has hinted that some of the characters that were seen in the original movies could pop up again in Apocalypse as younger versions including Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops. But can he re-boot the Dark Phoenix storyline and do it right?
In the comics, returning from a mission in space, Jean Grey is exposed to the deadly radiation of a solar flare, and briefly attains her ultimate potential as a telepath and telekinetic. Jean becomes a being of pure thought, and then reforms herself upon return to Earth with the new costume, identity and power of "Phoenix."
It is with this incredible power that Jean repairs the fractured M'Kraan Crystal, but voluntarily restrains her powers afterward in order to keep them under control.
In The Last Stand, Jean becoming Dark Phoenix led to the death of Cyclops and Professor Xavier with Kinberg bringing both characters back in Days of Future Past. By introducing the character, it could possibly lead to the franchise branching off and allowing this storyline to be the main focus of a standalone movie.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to open in theaters on May 27, 2016.