Pride may come before a fall.
Tye Sheridan is riding high right now with the starring role in Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster and the next movie in his X-Men franchise coming up. However, Ready Player One has received mixed reviews and Dark Phoenix has just had its releas date pushed back again to next year.
The young star didn’t mince words when he talked up the X-Men movie and carelessly dismissed every other Marvel movie in the process.
Although all the characters across both franchise are from Marvel comics, the X-Men movies are part of 20th Century Fox and do not overlap (yet) with the main Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Sheridan was trying to explain why fans should be excited about Dark Phoenix, which also stars Game of Thrones Brit Sophie Turner, claiming that it will be breaking new ground for a superhero movie.
He told Collider: “Everyone was on the same page with the idea that we were approaching it as much more of a grounded drama versus a superhero movie.
“Something that’s getting old with those universes and all the Marvel movies is that they all look the same and they’re all doing the same thing.”
Fans were quick to respond, tempering their outrage with an effective does of irony.
One said: “Grounded drama? Isn’t this about a lady with superpowers who gets possessed by an intergalactic flaming bird?”
It is also worth noting that the entire Marvel catalogue of 18 films and counting has met with universal fan, critical and box office acclaim (except perhaps Iron Man 2). The entire X-Men movie franchise to date has been uneven, to say the least.
Sheridan added: “We really wanted to shake it up, in that sense, and take a different approach to this.
“Simon Kinberg, who wrote the past three X-Men, directed Dark Phoenix and I’m super, super excited about it. I think it will turn out well and that it will be a different X-Men than we’ve ever seen before, so that’s exciting.”
Sheridan and Sophie Turner’s Dark Phoenix was expected to hit cinemas in November but has been pushed back to February 2019.
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