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Published May 13, 2019

Marvel Icons Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson on 'Dark Phoenix'

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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."

Dark Phoenix

"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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