20th Century Fox unveiled the very first trailer for Dark Phoenix last night, offering us our first look at the 90s-set X-Men sequel, and there was a lot to unpack. Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence also star.
One of the most popular theories floating around is that she is playing a gender-swapped version of the X-Men villain Mastermind, who messed with Jean's head in the Dark Phoenix comics. Sophie Turner (from "Game of Thrones" and Josie) replaces Famke Janssen as Jean Grey; she already appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016 as Phoenix. In July, Disney agreed to purchase Fox's entertainment brands for $US71.3 billion, meaning it will retain Marvel characters like Deadpool and the X-Men once the deal is finalised. After a mission in space goes wrong, Jean Grey returns as a changed person.
That's how many X-Men films will have been released to the masses by the time the newest grim adventure arrives next year.
Although, Mastermind manipulates Jean psychically, and the result of a mental battle between him and Cyclops is what eventually pushes Jean over the edge into Dark Phoenix territory. "It operates as a very personal, intimate story about Jean and her past and her struggle with her powers, and it also operates as this much larger intergalactic story with aliens involved that Charles is not responsible for". With the two personalities fighting for control over her, it is now upto X-Men to save Jean from herself.
Grey seeks guidance from Magneto (Michael Fassbender), who encourages her to release the powers of Dark Phoenix. The film took Chris Claremont's classic Dark Phoenix Saga - about as beloved a comic book storyline as you can get - and adapted it into a cinematic mess that was just some sped up footage and a Benny Hill theme song away from being a parody.
"So #XMenDarkPhoenix trailer. It doesn't look bad".