The Dark Phoenix Saga is one of my favourite stories ever printed by Marvel. X-Men: The Last Stand did their own "unique" take on this saga: a noisy, CGI-heavy affair rather with the tone of a computer game reliant on shock kills and big bangs to keep the attention of its desensitised, attention deficit players. Quite a shock after the first two films. That film was supposed to be the final X-film. It was certainly where I checked out with them (apart from a trip to the cinema to see First Class which left me plotzing over the wonky continuity). But from what I've read so far the new film seems far truer to Claremont's original story of Dark Phoenix, right down to Jean being hit by solar flares on the return from a space mission. Lilandra's in there, too, which suggests the final battle will play out as it's meant to. Even Dazzler is due to make an appearance (the character made her comic debut during The Dark Phoenix Saga, remember). It will be interesting to finally see a live-action version of Dazzler, something that's been mooted since her creation almost four decades ago when she was meant to be in a movie tie-in with Casablanca. She was planned to look like Grace Jones at first, but by the time she was finalised she looked like Bo Derek who was front runner to play her. Through the Eighties, names like Lisa Hartman and Madonna were thrown around by fans. Now it's Taylor Swift and the like. Between this and the New Mutants film, things are looking up. Maybe it's time I paid a final visit to Fox's X-Universe before it gets sucked into the complex continuity of the MCU.