'Dark Phoenix' Trailer: The X-Men Face Their Greatest Challenge

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X-Men: Apocalypse was frankly a disaster of a movie to this viewer, and yet it utilised my favourite X-Men villain from the comics.

Dark Phoenix is the twelfth film in the X-Men series and is the start of a new trilogy.

Sophie Turner's Jean Grey goes to the darkside in the first trailer for the latest instalment from the X-Men franchise - Dark Phoenix.

Directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jessica Chastain (Smith), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Olivia Munn (Psylocke). The film adapts Chris Claremont and John Byrne's famous Dark Phoenix Saga, in which powerful mutant Jean Grey transforms into a very powerful, and very risky, destructive force.

Following the comics, Dark Phoenix is said to be one of the more darker entries of the franchise.

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The preview for the "X-Men" sequel quickly covers Jean's tormented transformation into the titular force that threatens her fellow mutants and more in the Marvel saga.

We also get a look at Jessica Chastain's character, a shapeshifter now known only as "Smith", who seems to be taking a role in guiding Jean towards her darker impulses, perhaps (roughly) inspired by Mastermind's similar role in the comics story. Dark Phoenix was slated to touch down this Fall, but massive reshoots to the third act pushed it back to February.

In the movie, Jean Grey (Turner) is almost killed after being hit by a cosmic force.

Are you excited to see it?

What's the evidence? Well, there's not a ton of Lawrence in the trailer and she's one of the most in-demand actresses working today, so it would make sense if she had a minor but key role in the film. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. "There's such a revolution in superhero movies".