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Marvel Icons Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson on ‘Dark Phoenix’

Marvel Icons Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson on ‘Dark Phoenix’
Marvel Icons Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson on ‘Dark Phoenix’
Marvel Icons Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson on ‘Dark Phoenix’

As celebration for X-Men Day continues, in addition to the film franchise’s legacy featurette, 20th Century Fox has released a Marvel Icons featurette featuring writer Chris Claremont and editor Louise Simonson on “Dark Phoenix.”

“The interesting thing I realized writing the X-Men is I always had a sense of where I was going,” said Claremont. “With Dark Phoenix, Jean [Grey] had the greatest power imaginable. How is she going to deal with that? That was the thing I learned from Stan [Lee], actions have consequences.”

Marvel Icons Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson on ‘Dark Phoenix’

Dalam X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX, X-Men menghadapi musuh mereka yang paling tangguh dan kuat: salah satu dari mereka sendiri, Jean Grey. Pada misi penyelamatan di ruang angkasa, Jean hampir terbunuh ketika dia dilanda kekuatan kosmik yang misterius. Begitu dia kembali ke bumi, kekuatan ini tidak hanya membuatnya jauh lebih kuat, tetapi juga jauh lebih tidak stabil. Bergulat dengan entitas kosmik ini di dalam dirinya, Jean melepaskan kekuatannya dengan cara yang dia tidak bisa pahami atau tahan. Dengan Jean bertindak di luar kendali, dan menyakiti orang-orang yang paling dia cintai, dia mulai mengoyak benang-benang yang menyatukan X-Men bersama. Selanjutnya,‘keluarga’ X-Men yang kini terpecah-belah, harus menemukan cara untuk kembali bersatu – tidak hanya untuk menyelamatkan jiwa Jean, tetapi untuk menyelamatkan bumi dari alien yang ingin menyulut kekuatan phoenix dalam diri Jean dan menguasai galaksi.


“That was always at the back of our mind,” continued Claremont. “We wanted to demonstrate what she could do, and she ended up saving the universe. We wanted her to be the heart and soul of the team, and we also wanted to put Scott [Summers] in his place.”

On her working relationship with Claremont, Simonson shared, “His work is so character-oriented, and mine is so character-oriented; I think that’s one of the reasons that we’re very sympatico.”

On his approach to developing Jean Grey, Claremont said, “The key was creating characters who were as relevant and real to the audience as I can make them, put them in situations that everybody could identify with and recognize.”

Further revealing what Claremont learned from the late Lee, he shared Stan’s mantra that encompassed three rules, “Get your book in on time. Make sure it’s good. Don’t be a pain in my ass. Any two out of three, you got to keep your job.”

Jean was a challenge Claremont delighted in. “Jean was his total favorite,” revealed Simonson. “I think partly because he’d given her such a hard time through so many issues, and he’d seen how strong he can be.”

A Phoenix will rise, and X-Men will fall, on June 7. Tickets for “Dark Phoenix” are now on-sale: DarkPhoenixTickets.com

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