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The first images from X-Men: Dark Phoenix have been released. They show Sophie Turner as Jean Gray along with our first look at Jessica Chastain. It is thought she may be playing Empress Lilandra of the Shi’ar Empire, but she looks more like Emma Frost, the White Queen.

The film also features Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

Veteran screenwriter Simon Kinberg is making his directorial debut with Dark Phoenix, which he is also producing with Bryan Singer, Hutch Parker, and Lauren Schuler Donner.

Set in 1992, about 10 years after the events of last year’s X-Men: ApocalypseDark Phoenix opens with the X-Men, including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), in a new, unexpected role: national heroes. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) even lands on the cover of Time magazine. But his growing ego puts the team at risk. “Pride is starting to get the better of him, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions,” Kinberg says. After they’re dispatched to space for a rescue mission, a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean (Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner)— the Phoenix.

Kinberg wrote the screenplay for X-Men: The Last Stand, which already had elements of the Dark Phoenix storyline, but did it in a terrible way. However, he has said that his original script for that was gutted, so fingers crossed this new one gets things right here.

“[The film] was so clear in my head, emotionally and visually, that it would have killed me to hand this to somebody else to direct,” Kinberg told EW.

“This is probably the most emotional X-Men we’ve done and the most pathos-driven,” McAvoy said. “There’s a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering.”

“It’s about the butterfly effect of this thing happening,” added Turner, “What happens when the person you love the most falls into darkness?”

However, the fact they are once again rushing into the story after just reintroducing Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) in X-Men: Apocalypse is a shame. I would have much rather had another X-Men movie with them going up against other villains, honing their powers and becoming a proper team. In the background, we have Jean Grey’s powers growing and something or someone manipulating her until she snaps and becomes Dark Phoenix at the end of the film for one hell of a cliffhanger. It could have been building in a number of films as it did in the original comic book story.

At one point the X-Men comic book was one of my all-time favourites and I always feel the films have never done the series justice.

As with Warner Bros. it always feels as if Fox is just rushing through things compared to Marvel Studios. Personally, I hope the Fox / Disney deal goes through and Marvel Studios wipe the slate clean and reboot the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with the Fantastic Four. I also think it is a bit of a misstep to have the poor looking flame effect on the Sophie Turner images…..Wow, I am a reall happy bunny about this one!

The film is due out on 2nd November 2018.

Check out the new images below and share your thoughts in the comments.

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