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X-Men saga comes to a close

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The culmination of a superhero saga nearly two decades in the making is upon us when Marvel’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” opens in Philippine cinemas on June 5.

The movie is part science-fiction thriller, part character-driven drama, posing intriguing questions about identity and destiny. The emotional story of a divided hero, a divided family and a divided world, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and Jessica Chastain.

SCENE from ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

SCENE from ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

The story in many ways represents the ultimate X-Men tale: Jean Grey (Turner) is transformed into a force that not even her mutant family can comprehend. She becomes an outsider among outsiders, a being beyond the reach of even those closest to her.

At its core, this is a tale of a woman struggling with her personal demons, and only the love of her family—the X-Men—can save her soul, and the world.

It’s a fitting conclusion to the X-Men franchise’s remarkable 18-year run. With “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” serving as the culmination of the saga after an impressive 12 films, producer Hutch Parker, who was there at the inception of 2000’s “X-Men,”says the experience of bringing the franchise full circle feels bittersweet.

“What we were able to do with the first film was introduce a tone that would have seemed, I think to most eyes, impossible in association with what we knew comic book movies to be at that time,” Parker said. “It was a game-changer in my opinion. Since then, comic-book films have become such an exciting and fertile platform. I feel like we’re only beginning to see the diversity of storytelling that’s possible within these worlds and with these characters. I’m grateful to have been a part of it, but I’m also aware that it will continue on long after all of us have moved on.”

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