Tye Sheridan's Cyclops was introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse, which established his burgeoning relationship with Jean Grey in anticipation of Dark Phoenix. He's set to be a key emotional touchstone in this film, essentially Jean's connection to her own humanity. Here he's seen running around the X-Mansion - and we'll see him at the center of a lot of action in the rest of the trailer.
35. Quicksilver Looks After Students
The standout of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Evan Peters' Quicksilver has been gradually increased in importance over the films until now where he's a fully-fledged member of the X-Men. As we can see here, he's a little different - in Peters' words, "older" - acting as a carer figure for some of the younger students. Given that he's meant to be in his late-30s by now, that's not too surprising.
After spending most of Apocalypse as one of En Sabah Nur's four horsemen, in Dark Phoenix, Alexandra Shipp's Storm will finally get to come into her own as a member of the X-Men. She's seen in most of the key sequences, although very little in the way of her powers are shown (possibly due to unfinished effects).
33. Beast Alone (And Angry)
We also get a proper look at Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy, out alone on a day-for-night walk. He's evidently conflicted, and we see throughout the trailer the reasons behind his anger with Charles and the X-Men. It appears that Beast will go on a journey of his own from everything we've seen so far (clue: it involves a big loss).
32. Jean Is Changing
In what likely comes in the scene of her being examined by Hank, Professor X and Mystique both show shock at Jean transforming into something else - obviously Phoenix - which is a great trailer beat drop but also suggests something interesting about the movie's story: Charles wasn't fully aware of what power exactly resided in Jean, instead choosing to suppress at the first sign of trouble. This will likely lead to his explanation to Raven seen earlier, spurring on the narrative.
31. Magneto Meets Phoenix
The Dark Phoenix trailer then cuts back to Magneto and Jean, with the former finally coming face-to-face with the Phoenix Force inside. He sees the form emerge and realizes, "you didn't come here for answers... you came here looking for permission". The meeting of two great X-Men villains - albeit not in their full forms - is definitely intriguing (and will become more important later) but it's Erik's realization of himself as some sort of power-giver that's so interesting. Is this his legacy as a villain being unavoidable despite repeated attempts at redemption?
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020