Two years have passed since we last saw the Marvel super-team the X-Men on film; their current cinematic version following the 2014 “reboot” that is. The X-Men movie universe has been the first major-name big-screen Marvel franchise when 20th Century Fox released the original installment in 2000. It later found itself competing with Sony-Columbia’s “Spider-Man” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sometime soon, Fox might be acquired by Marvel Studio’s parent, Disney. But before that happens they will have unleashed the latest chapter of their “X-Men” cinematic property, “Dark Phoenix” which will be premiering next year. And a trailer is out.
Variety tells us that the initial trailer for “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, or just “Dark Phoenix”, has finally dropped on the internet courtesy of 20th Century Fox. The movie is a sequel following through from the events of “X-Men Apocalypse” back in 2016, and also slated as the first in a new X-Men film trilogy following the original Bryan Singer films and the “First Class” timeline. Both trilogies have featured a tease on the main plot of the Dark Phoenix story, wherein the telepathic and telekinetic X-Man Jean Grey gains cosmic-level powers but gradually becomes corrupted by them, endangering the world.
Most X-Men fans who read the comics were somewhat disappointed by the first movie adaptation of the Dark Phoenix saga on “X-Men: The Last Stand” in 2006. It did not include the more fantastical elements from the original comic story involving an encounter in outer space, for example. That is something “Dark Phoenix” director Simon Kinberg hopes to resolve with this new retelling made possible because of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” in 2014. The trailer treads familiar ground, from Jean Grey’s childhood, to the crisis of her intensifying powers, to feelings of betrayal and turning to the X-Men’s “enemy”.
James McAvoy returns as Professor Charles Xavier who must now contend with the evolving abilities of his student Jean (Sophie Turner). There are flashbacks to her first going to the Xavier Institute as a child, and the trailer shows how her powers cause an accident that kills her parents. Charles is forced to do some psychic manipulation on Jean that the other X-Men, especially Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) disapprove of. Jean herself is upset to learn this, and it causes her to fall into the orbit of Magneto (Michael Fassbender), currently running a mutant sanctuary in a secluded island. The battle is on for Jean’s soul and powers, something even aliens from space are interested in.
“Dark Phoenix” also stars Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Jessica Chastain and Olivia Munn. The film premieres on an action-packed Valentine’s, February 14 in 2019.
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