Curiously, Dark Phoenix’s third act boils down to Vuk revealing herself to have ulterior motives: to steal the Phoenix Force for herself in order to use its power to remake the D’Bari homeworld. While there’s a lovely kind of poetry to the way Dark Phoenix reworks Jean’s connection to the D’Bari—turning them into a people looking to be reborn—the plot doesn’t exactly make much sense, considering that if Vuk could absorb the Phoenix on her own, she should have just done so before it bonded with Jean. That’s the kind of minor plot hole that keeps the D’Bari’s plan from seeming like it was very well thought-out, which, if anything, is the reason they don’t ultimately succeed.When Disney announced its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox, X-Men was among the film properties that had executives at the Magic Kingdom frothing at the mouth. The historic merger meant that the Fox-owned band of mutant superheroes could reunite with its comic-book brethren in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was the kind of super team-up that had the potential to be one of the most lucrative crossovers of all time — a rare chance to see Cyclops and Professor X aligned with Spider-Man and Black Panther.
After “Dark Phoenix” became the first “X-Men” entry to flop spectacularly at the box office, the future of the 20-year-old film franchise looks murkier. The superhero adventure misfired with a disastrous $33 million in North America, by far the worst opening for an “X-Men” title. Compounding matters, it cost a hefty $200 million to produce. That doesn’t even take into account the hundreds of millions in global marketing and distribution fees it incurred. “Dark Phoenix” had a slightly stronger start overseas, but even so, it would take a miracle for it to turn a profit. As it stands, box office watchers think that the film could lose $100 million.Dark Phoenix” is intended to mark a culmination of sorts for the “X-Men” saga (at least this iteration of the mutant heroes). Nobody expects one of the biggest film Investors focused on the Business Services space have likely heard of Mastercard (MA), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? A quick glance at the company’s year-to-date performance in comparison to the rest of the Business Services sector should help us answer this question.