Answered in Episode 012 - Inner Circle Jerk
Rachel: The Dark Phoenix as a metaphor for sexuality is a thing. At the same time, I think it’s more problematic in its original context than it eventually grows to be because what we’re eventually going to learn about the Phoenix Force is that it is a big damn cosmic thing. It’s a functionally genderless cosmic thing. We see years and years later In Avengers vs. X-Men we see Cyclops have literally the same Dark Phoenix transformation with the same speech.