[UPDATE: The Dark Phoenix international trailer is now officially online.]
The international trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix reveals exactly how Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) is transformed into the Phoenix in the film. Dark Phoenix is the fourth entry in the X-Men prequel series that began with First Class and the second movie based on The Dark Phoenix Saga comic series overall, after X-Men: The Last Stand. It's also one of the final two X-Men films that started production prior to Disney's purchase of Fox, along with Josh Boone's spinoff The New Mutants.
Turner is joined in the Dark Phoenix cast by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult, along with her fellow X-Men: Apocalypse costars Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Evan Peters. Fox only just released the second Dark Phoenix U.S. trailer online this week, ahead of the film's theatrical release this upcoming June.
An international cut of the new Dark Phoenix trailer is now available for viewing, courtesy of Vimeo user poyler007. The trailer starts off very differently from the U.S. version and shows flashbacks to Jean's childhood, including her first meeting with Charles Xavier (McAvoy) at his mansion. From there, it reveals footage from a sequence where the X-Men take their X-Jet into outer space, in order to rescue a team of stranded astronauts. However, things go wrong and Jean ends up being stranded on the astronauts' shuttle when it's hit by a solar flare, thus igniting her latent Phoenix abilities.
UPDATE: Fox has now officially released the Dark Phoenix international trailer online. Take a look, below:
The rest of the international trailer mostly plays the same as the domestic one and shows clips of the X-Men battling Jean/Phoenix, with a little help from Magneto (Fassbender) and the members of his mutant refuge. However, the trailer doesn't flat-out spoil a major character death the way the U.S. version does, nor does it reveal any new details about Jessica Chastain's character and her motives. Dark Phoenix writer-director Simon Kinberg, who also wrote The Last Stand and Apocalypse, explained in an interview that he decided to reveal which X-Man dies ahead of time to establish that the stakes are real and that "Jean/Dark Phoenix is genuinely a threat to everyone, including the X-Men".
Different character deaths asides, the recent trailers have shown that Dark Phoenix really is an attempt to re-do The Last Stand - a film that, most agree, wasted the Phoenix storyline on a movie overstuffed with story threads and empty spectacle. Reactions to the Dark Phoenix footage have been lukewarm at best so far, partly because audiences were only introduced to the young Jean Grey in Apocalypse a few years ago and have had little time to become invested in this version of the character. There are also concerns that Dark Phoenix will feel like a rushed conclusion to the First Class narrative, before the X-Men franchise is likely rebooted (again) for the MCU, once the Disney-Fox deal is finalized.
Hopefully, with a little luck, that won't be the case and Dark Phoenix will bring another era in the X-Men movies to a satisfying close, before the next reboot. At the very last, it's good to know the Phoenix storyline will be the focus in the film and not a subplot, a la The Last Stand.
Update Source: 20th Century Fox
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020