Two new fan-made X-Men: Dark Phoenix posters featuring both old and new mutants emerge online. Marking the directorial debut of longtime X-Men films producer Simon Kinberg, the forthcoming superhero film from Fox is said to be more grounded than past films and darker than X-Men: Apocalypse.
Not much is known regarding the plot details for the movie as of yet, but as the title gives away, the film will be adapting Chris Claremont's The Dark Phoenix Saga. This will effectively put Sophie Turner's Jean Grey at the forefront as the film tackles her journey in becoming the Dark Phoenix. The fourth film in the new prequel continuity for the X-Men franchise, the movie will see the return of James MacAvoy's Professor X, Michael Fassbender's Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique and Nicholas Holt's Beast perhaps for the last time.
Coming from digital artist Fabio Rodrigues are two gorgeous fan-created posters for Dark Phoenix. Both illustrations feature old and new blood mutants with the likes of Professor X and Magneto taking the backseat while Cyclops and, obviously, Jean Grey take center stage. The posters also include Jessica Chastain's "mysterious shapeshifter who manipulates the Phoenix." Check out the posters below:
Admittedly, these ensemble posters are infinitely better than the previously released Dark Phoenix one-sheet that emerged during Las Vegas Licensing Expo back in May. That poster was so underwhelming as it was simply the title of the film (but without the "X-Men" branding) with the iconic X logo at the end on a black canvass. Frankly, it looked too generic, it could've easily been a poster easily made by anyone and not an official Fox release.
Despite the disappointing marketing for X-Men: Dark Phoenix thus far, the film still has seven months to go until it hits theaters, which means Fox still has ample time to execute a proper and more compelling promotional campaign for what could be one of their final X-Men movies. Originally scheduled to release this November, the project's roll-out was pushed back three months to February 2019. It has reportedly gone through reshoots that would've cost an additional $10 million and will mainly focus on reworking the movie's final act. Since plot details are still being kept under wraps it's difficult to assume what the reshoots may be about, but if it's for the betterment of the final product, then fans will undoubtedly not oppose. Nailing this big screen adaptation is especially pivotal considering that their first attempt at it was poorly received by both critics and the general viewing audience.
Source: Fabio Rodrigues
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
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