Various reports are circulating that Dark Phoenix, the next saga in FOX’s X-Men cinematic universe, will take place in the early 1990’s, not long after the previous film, and not long before the original X-Men flick debuted way back in 2000. It will also have a new working title, mentioned below.
One report, from Omega Underground, has posted a new report on Twitter , claiming X-Men: Dark Phoenix will take place in 1991. While we’ve known for over a year that the new film will be set in the ’90s — and the fact was clear given the trajectory of the films so far — it’s exciting to know when in history the story will occur.
Not that I’ll get credit for this. But #XMenDarkPhoenix aka TEEN SPIRIT is set in 1991.
— Christopher M (@_ChristopherM) June 14, 2017
The tweet also indicates the film will shoot under the title ‘Teen Spirit,’ a solid pun given the story and time period. Interestingly, ‘Teen Spirit’ was one of the working titles for the film that was shot down along with ‘Supernova’ and ‘Dark Phoenix’ before the latter was confirmed as the subtitle of the new movie.
Less than a decade then before history perhaps repeats itself with the first film in the series, which seems a long time ago, really.
My take: Well I stole part of this article from Screenrant, verbatim, because I’ll be damned if I’m going to rewrite the same shit I was going to say anyway. Regardless, It will be very interesting to see how FOX handles this going into the 2000s, screentime-wise, and if by the time they get the point where the very first film was, in terms of character roster and not necessarily plot, whether FOX will have the balls to play some good tricks tricks with the timeline.