‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Simon Kinberg Attempts to Make Sense of the Nonsensical ‘X-Men’ Timeline

/Film | 6/15/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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Remember Dark Phoenix? It came out a week ago, but the latest X-Men movie already feels like a thing of a past, primarily because audiences didn’t flock to the film like previous entries in the franchise. Why did Dark Phoenix underperform? Perhaps fans were sick and tired of the franchise’s incredibly confusing continuity. Simply put, the X-Men timeline makes absolutely no sense. But that didn’t stop Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg from trying to explain it.

Is there any film franchise continuity as confusing and nonsensical as the X-Men series? I seriously doubt it. The problem is due to the fact that the films kept jumping around in time, resulting in confusing narratives that don’t quite line up. The latest entry is Dark Phoenix, which is more or less the final Fox X-Men film (unless you want to count New Mutants, which may or may not be released some day). If fans were hoping Dark Phoenix would clear things up and address any glaring continuity issues, they were probably sorely disappointed when the movie opened last week.

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But Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg has some explanations as to why the timeline is so weird. Speaking with Syfy Wire, the director said:

“The original films don’t really take over a cyclical timeline. Not to get too geeky about it, but because we reset the timeline at the end of Days Of Future Past, it essentially erased X-Men 1, 2, and 3 from the continuity of the timeline, because anything that would...
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