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In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiralling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and Jessica Chastain. The new film is directed by Simon Kinberg.

Kinberg spoke to IGN about Jessica Chastain’s character. It was initially thought she was playing an alien from the comics called Lilandra. While he does not confirm that aspect of it, he does say her character is an alien:

She is from, let’s say, not our planet, her character. I’ll keep it relatively mysterious but it is a cosmic story in a way that is extraterrestrial, which is something we’ve never done in the X-Men movies before but is obviously something that is integral to the Dark Phoenix story so I felt we couldn’t’ do what we did on X3 and ignore that. We had to actually embrace it. So there’s a fair amount that takes place in space, and the inciting incident that starts to turn Jean, let’s say, dark and fill her with this power that she can’t control happens in space. And then there are forces from space that come to Earth because of that

I always find myself disappointed with the X-Men films. They have a few good moments in each one, but they always seem so dull in looks and action. This new film looks more like a remake of X-Men: The Last Stand rather than an adaptation of the orignal comic-book storyline. In fact, I think the X-Men’s blink and you’d miss it moment in Deadpool 2 was my favourite X-Men moment in recent years!

The Dark Phoenix storyline in the comics was absolutely brilliant. Seriously, check it out if you can. It gradually built over months until the full force of the Phoenix was unleashed. This new version of that tale will probably be done a lot better than when it was tried in X-Men: The Last Stand, but the trailer makes it all look a bit small-scale and bland. I cannot help but think of how much better it would be if we cared a little more for this version of Jean Grey. She only appeared in the last film X-Men: Apocalypse and now the whole Dark Phoenix storyline is being packed into this film. 

I cannot wait to see the X-Men when they eventually revert back to Marvel Studios. It will be great to have Mystique be the excellent villain she always was! I cannot help but wonder what they would have done with the Dark Phoenix storyline. They could have built it up over a number of different films and have the Dark Phoenix be the equivalent of Thanos in a huge team-up somewhere down the line.

I have waffled on enough.

Let me know what you think of the trailer in the comments below.

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