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Dark Phoenix

Female -centric saga

The legendary figure behind the fame of Marvel Comics is none other than Stan Lee. Lee’s bizarre imaginative capacity to create superheroes for the eyes of ‘true-believers’ is truly unbelievable.

Lee’s superheroes eventually marveled in movies. In 1963 Lee wanted to deliver a special team of superheroes. This time around he decided not to get involved with more gamma ray or cosmic ray origins. Instead Mutants were thought about.

Lee in 1963 thus featured a team of superheroes called the X-Men, a group of mutants born with superhuman abilities and taught by Professor X, aka Charles Xavier.

The first issue of X–Men comic book had the original five X-Men, Angel, the Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, and Marvel Girl with their mentor, Professor X and their archenemy, the super villain Magneto.

These mutants as teens realized they were ‘different’. They were at a time perceived by some comic book readers synonymous with LGBTQ community, though Stan had never thought it that way. However X-Men comics developed a wide readership, cutting across many a social stratum.

The series title was changed to ‘The Uncanny X-Men’ in 1978. (Yet they had women too in the team. “Nay...it ain’t discrimination”, Stan would say)

X-Men comics from time to time saw guest appearances by Namor- the prince of Atlantis aka Sub-Mariner and the Avengers.

(However in the movie world the X-Men’s closest associate Wolverine became more popular as a lone superhero paving way for Hollywood to make a series of Wolverine movies.)

The latest X-Men movie ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’ has an extended X-Men storyline in the fictional Marvel Comics Universe, focusing on Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force.

In the movie Jean Grey Summers once again loses control and evolves into the cosmic destroyer known as the Dark Phoenix. Sophie Turner of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame plays the character of Jean Grey in the movie.

Jean Grey Summers was born with telepathic and telekinetic powers. When she was a child, her parents die in a car accident after their daughter’s psychic powers manifested in a way that put her mother to sleep behind the wheel.

Professor Charles Xavier takes in the orphaned girl, with the motive of raising her in a way that controlled her powers. Eventually the girl becomes a part of the X-Men.

During a hazardous rescue mission by the X-Men in space, Jean Grey is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Fighting with this unhinged power and also with her own unpleasant childhood memories, Jean Grey goes out of control ripping the X-Men family apart and becoming a slayer.

“Something is happening to me…but it feels good” says Jean to Xavier.

‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’ is the finale of 20 years of X-Men movies. In the movie the family of mutants that we loved faces their most devastating enemy yet being one of their own.

There are sequences that stir up emotion which was not common in earlier X-Men movies.

The movie features Magneto as a more matured and understanding character that comes to console Jean Grey. Jean Grey meeting with Magneto and also with her long lost father adds emotion to the cinema that would be appreciated by the viewers.

This X-Men movie that has old stories rolled into one would be the last of its kind for a significant time.

However Marvel fans would yearn to see X-Men’s buddy mutant Wolverine again since they would miss him more than X-Men.


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