Who dies in Dark Phoenix, the latest X-Men film to come out of Fox studios? It was made very clear in the build-up to the movie that at least one major character was going to perish, and as it turns out, there was more carnage to be had before Marvel studios takes over the franchise for good.
A lot has been said about the film, and most of it isn't positive.
The death and destruction in Dark Phoenix has been called gratuitous by some critics, but it should have been expected. Jean Grey has "gone rogue" in previous X-Men movies, and anyone who's watched the worse-than-you-remember '90s cartoon or read the comics knows just how brutal the possessed psychic can be.
That brutality extends to some of her fellow X-Men in the comics and in the film as well. (WARNING! There are massive spoilers ahead!)
So, who dies in Dark Phoenix?
It was made very clear before the movie even came out that Mystique was going to go. Heck, it was even outed in one of the trailers for the film. There were some other murmurs about who else would kick the bucket. Many believed a crazy battle between Magneto and Jean Grey would take place, which would ultimately result in the master of metal's death.
As close as Magneto comes to death, with Dark Phoenix getting the best of him and the rest of the X-Men in a NY battle, he ultimately survives. Superhuman martial artist Red Lotus, a new introduction to the X-Men team, joins the fray and ends up dying not long after he's introduced. Definitely a '90s superhero-movie move.
Two other major deaths in the film are Jessica Chastain's character, Vuk, and Jean Grey herself...maybe. Jean grabs Vuk towards the end of the film, flies into the sky, and explodes. It turns out, that's the Phoenix force setting itself "anew," because we see a large fire bird appear over Earth right before the movie ends.
Dark Phoenix Spoilers
An in-depth report of the film's plot on 4chan highlights most of the major events in the film. Here's a simplified version of what went down.
Is there a post-credit scene in Dark Phoenix?
The short answer is no. None. Which makes sense, because it is Fox's last X-Men movie before Marvel steps in to take control of the franchise. It's safe to assume, however, that the Phoenix in the sky means Jean Grey's character isn't gone for good. It's also important to note that the Phoenix force is all about rebirth, which means the characters who died in this film might be reborn.
So there you have it! What do you think the future of the X-Men franchise will be? Do you see big changes coming in the wake of the Disney-Fox merger? Or do you think that because the films are financially successful that the studio will ultimately "not ruin a good thing?"