A brand new trailer for Dark Phoenix teases the conclusion of 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise and Jean Grey's (Sophie Turner) newfound power. After a decade of X-Men movies that produced various results, Fox decided to bring back the franchise with a soft reboot in X-Men: First Class that re-introduced younger versions of heroes audiences had already met. New versions of Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) became the center of the story, but then X-Men: Apocalypse introduced another batch of young and familiar X-Men.
Apocalypse featured the debut of Turner as Jean Grey, as well as Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. They were positioned as the future of the X-Men franchise, with Dark Phoenix set to be the beginning of their story. However, once the Disney-Fox deal became a possibility, the narrative around Dark Phoenix turned from a new trilogy starter to the conclusion of the entire Fox era of the X-Men. With two trailers already released that teased the Jean-centric story, a new trailer has arrived to further flesh out her journey.
Twentieth Century Fox debuted the third and final trailer for Dark Phoenix this morning, which continues to keep the focus on Jean Grey. A portion of the trailer is dedicated to showing exactly how Jean gets the power of the Phoenix Force and how she is changing thanks to it, while also mixing in plenty of action. Check out the full trailer below:
Previous trailers and marketing materials had confirmed that Jean encounters the Phoenix Force during an early space mission, but now we actually get to see most of it in action. Nightcrawler is using his powers to teleport back and forth between the X-Jet and the damaged space shuttle, but he doesn't appear to get Jean before the Phoenix Force engulfs her. But, as Jessica Chastain's mysterious character points out later in this trailer, Jean is the only thing or person to ever survive an encounter with it. From there, the trailer highlights how Jean struggles with these powers before appearing to embrace the darkness within her.
As a whole, this new Dark Phoenix trailer does a solid job of establishing Jean as the focal point in the film and giving viewers a decent understanding of the plot. This trailer does mostly showcase the elements of Dark Phoenix that are different than the Dark Phoenix Saga adaptation Fox previously attempted with X-Men: The Last Stand, but one major concern here is still the lack of investment with the young cast. Audiences have not been given the chance to properly connect to or grow with Jean and her fellow young X-Men, so it will be up to Dark Phoenix to make audiences care about their conflict. Then again, maybe that's why Mystique and the other older characters are still involved. We'll have to just wait and see how it plays out this summer.
Source: 20th Century Fox
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
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