Warning: Potential SPOILERS for Dark Phoenix
A major character is going to die in Dark Phoenix and the evidence is already mounting that its Mystique. When Fox did a soft reboot of the X-Men franchise, they brought young stars on board to play some major characters. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender became the new Charles Xavier (a.k.a. Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (a.k.a. Magneto), while Jennifer Lawrence joined as a young Raven (a.k.a. Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult played the younger Hank McCoy (a.k.a. Beast). These characters have been central to the recent trilogy, but X-Men: Apocalypse introduced another generation of young mutants who are now taking the spotlight.
Apocalypse brought Sophie Turner in as the new Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, and Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe/Storm. Turner takes on the leading role for Dark Phoenix, which is the studio's second attempt to get The Dark Phoenix Saga comic story right. Director Simon Kinberg first attempted this as a writer with X-Men: The Last Stand, and there are already several parallels between his two adaptions emerging. One of these parallels is the death of a major character.
Although this will surely be a major plot point for Dark Phoenix, it's not exactly a well-kept secret. Thanks to the trailer footage and the story beats it sets up, it isn't too difficult to figure out who is destined to die.
- This Page: Mystique's Funeral & Death Scene
- Page 2: Beast and Magneto's Reactions
The Funeral Attendees
The funeral scene from the trailer immediately tells us who's not going to die. A rain-soaked Beast is the most noticeable, as he's not only visible in the group shot but also gets a close up of his own to capture the grief. We can also clearly see Professor X's wheelchair in the overhead shot and he gets a solo shot too, so he is safe. A quick side shot also confirms that Nightcrawler and Storm are alive and attending the funeral. That leaves one umbrella unaccounted for and only a small handful of people who are likely to be under it.
Cyclops, Quicksilver (Evan Peters), and Mystique are the only other X-Men members that could be buried in this grave. Cyclops is featured prominently throughout the trailer with the other confirmed surviving members of the X-Men team. There's even a shot of him in funeral attire with Nightcrawler and Storm, and since the Jean/Cyclops relationship is key to the story, he definitely isn't dying early on. Quicksilver is a bit of a wildcard as he isn't shown much in the trailer and thus could be the casualty. However, while Quicksilver is certainly a scene-stealer, his death wouldn't carry as much weight as Mystique's.
The most obvious scenario is that this is Mytique's grave. Hank has full control of when he takes on his Beast look, and it was Mystique who previously was all about being "mutant and proud," so this could be his sign of respect or affection for his fellow X-Men leader. Mystique's death would also explain why she isn't present throughout the rest of the trailer.
Jean's Upset - Because She Killed Mystique
If Mystique is dying in Dark Phoenix, then several questions are raised: Where does she die, who kills her, and how does it happen? Based on the story points highlighted in the trailer, the location of Mystique's final moments appear to be when Jean visits her home town of Red Hook. This is where the entire X-Men team in their new suits go to track her down, and where Jean shows off her powers by flipping the police cars that arrive on the scene. This showdown is likely coming at the end of the first act - after the team journeys to space, Jean encounters the Phoenix Force, and she begins to lose control.
If Red Hook is where Mystique dies, then it appears to be the X-Men's attempt to stop Jean that results in their loss. It is unlikely that Jean would outright murder Mystique, but her death being the result of her uncontrollable powers makes sense. Mystique turns around in slow motion at one point in the trailer while Cyclops says, "Jean lost control but she's still our friend." There's also a shot of Beast cradling Mystique in their uniforms (presumably still at Red Hook). This scene, coupled with the fact that Mystique is completely absent from all the events that are believed to follow Red Hook, makes it almost certain that Mystique is the one to go and that Jean is somehow responsible.
Page 2: Beast & Magneto Go Crazy
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Gambit (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020