A new trailer for Dark Phoenix has officially received a rating, meaning that it should get released soon. The movie will occur nearly 10 years after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, with a highly trained X-Men team regularly going on dangerous missions. After they get hit with a solar flare, though, Jean Grey loses control of her powers and transitions into Dark Phoenix, unleashing an enormous amount of power that threatens to drive her mad.
The movie will closely follow Jean's story from Marvel Comics, where an entity taps into Jean's powers leaving her overwhelmed by her abilities and unable to control them. However, Marvel later rewrote that story and changed one key factor by having Jean replaced by something called the Phoenix Force, an entity that wanted to learn how to be human. Unable to cope with human emotions, it went insane. It's not clear if the Dark Phoenix movie will cover just one of these stories or blend them, but former Phoenix actress Famke Janssen believes that the new film will fix the character's story mistakes made in X-Men: The Last Stand. In that film, the concept was barely touched upon, leaving many fans disappointed in how it played out.
The first teaser trailer for Dark Phoenix released in 2018. According to Germany's Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft (FSK), the country's motion picture rating system, a new trailer for Dark Phoenix was recently rated for audiences 12 and older, or for younger audiences with parental guidance. This rating suggests that a new trailer will arrive soon, potentially this week. It's also likely that the new trailer will offer a better look at Jessica Chastain's turn as a mystery villain in the movie.
Dark Phoenix begins a new era of X-Men movies, mostly because it is the first movie in the franchise not to feature Wolverine, the character portrayed by actor Hugh Jackman. Wolverine has appeared in every film since the first one in 2000. It will also give Sophie Turner, who portrays Jean, a chance to flex her acting chops; the actress spent a lot of time studying mental health issues to prepare for the role.
After Dark Phoenix, the X-Men movie franchise could begin to change once Disney completes its purchase of Fox assets. As a result, the X-Men will find themselves under the Marvel umbrella, potentially bringing them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At this point, though, one can only imagine what Phoenix, Cyclops and Magneto might be like fighting alongside the Avengers, but it seems this is something fans would certainly like to see.
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
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