Dark Phoenix is The First X-Men Movie Without Wolverine

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Dark Phoenix will not only be the final X-Men movie from Fox but it will also be the first without an appearance by Wolverine. Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, the second attempt to cinematically adapt The Dark Phoenix Saga comics story stars Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique but (barring a surprise) Hugh Jackman’s Logan will be nowhere to be found.

An X-Men movie without Wolverine is something the franchise has refused to entertain in the past. While portraying the gruff but noble mutant who is easily the most popular X-Men character turned Jackman into a star, many fans felt the focus on Logan as the main character was a detriment to the original X-Men movie trilogy. By centering each film around Wolverine, comics fans griped that it diminished the team-based ensemble they loved about the X-Men.

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