41. Mystique, The Hero
Mystique has had something of a reinvention over the First Class movies, going from villainous right-hand woman in the original trilogy to conflicted center of a friendship triangle between Charles and Erik. We left her at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse as the leader of a new generation of X-Men, a role that she appears to be continuing here - as well as a critical muse to Charles, calling out his treatment of Jean.
One of the key locations in the trailer is the island of Genosha, a haven for mutants ruled by Magneto. Here we see it in a wide shot, and later the homegrown nature of the community can be seen. This isn't the first time Erik's hidden himself away from the world - in X-Men: Apocalypse he had an unfortunate wife and child - but this time he's using that isolation for good.
In Marvel comics, Genosha is an island on Madagascar, first an Apartheid allegory, then the subject of a long-running war, and finally a safe place for mutants under the rule of Magneto (and later Professor X). It appears the latter stage is what Dark Phoenix will adapt, using the benevolent Erik built up over the X-Men prequels as a savior figure. Of course, in print he still had dominating plans...
39. Jean Goes To Magneto For Answers
After leaving the X-Mansion (and, as we'll see, an unfortunate run-in with the pursuing team), Jean travels to Genosha to talk to Magneto. The pair previously met in X-Men: Apocalypse and were both instrumental in bringing down the sub-titular villain. Given that Erik was, at that point, tapping into powers well beyond his original expectations, it makes sense she'd reach out to him. He's taken by surprise by her arrival, but seems more than welcoming.
38. Jessica Chastain's Character
One of the longest-standing mysteries of Dark Phoenix has been Jessica Chastain's character. We know she's the villain of the film, a shapeshifter, and will attempt to manipulate Jean's force for her own ends, while set photos have hinted that won't end well. Her true identity, however, is unknown. It's been theorized she's a key Skrull from the comics given their rumored involvement in the story, but who has been out of reach (not helped by confusing Fox/Marvel ownership of the species). Further, there's said to be multiple comic influences to the character, which interchangeably suggests she either wants to control or destroy Phoenix.
The trailer doesn't reveal much more (nothing in terms of the alien race), instead having her a menacing background presence trying to tempt Jean away from her friends. Whether this means her role is secondary or just indicative of the trailer wanting to focus on Jean is unclear, but the setup has her as an opposite to Xavier; she claims that it's OK to not belong because others simply cannot comprehend. The meeting appears to take place in a church, where Chastain approaches Grey.
37. Chastain Follows Phoenix
In the shot prior, we see Chastain walking in the rain towards a police cordon. This appears to be the aftermath of a fight between Jean and the X-Men (which we'll look at shortly). This further suggests she'll be following Jean, surveying from afar. If she is indeed a Skrull, it's likely she'll want to use Phoenix for her own ends.
Also note her lackey, who is seen both here and in the church, meaning that, whoever she is, she hasn't come alone.
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020