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First Trailer for ‘Dark Phoenix’ Promises an Epic End for the X-Men

Steve Porter / September 27, 2018

Fans were ecstatic when The Walt Disney Compay finalized a $71.3 billion offer to buy 20th Century Fox. If approved by regulators, the deal will potentially unite the Marvel Cinematic Universe with characters currently owned by 20th Century Fox, including the X-Men, Wolverine, and Deadpool. Fans are already speculating that Disney/Marvel will “reboot” the X-Men and reintroduce the iconic mutants to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even if that happens, there are two more films from 20th Century Fox starring the X-Men, and the new trailer for Dark Phoenix promises a fitting end to this part of their story.

The first X-Men film was released in 2000 and broke new ground for superheroes on the big screen, starring Sir Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Sir Ian McKellan as his old friend and rival, Magneto. The film’s success resulted in an expanding roster of X-Movies, including prequels (X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse) starring Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, James McAvoy as the Professor and Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Dark Phoenix is the latest film in this series, featuring younger versions of the same team fighting for mutant rights featured in the original 2000’s X-Men. This time, they will have to face one of their own as Jean Grey (Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner) is transformed into the sinister and powerful “Dark Phoenix.”

The upcoming film is an adaptation of Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s legendary comics event, “The Dark Phoenix Saga.” But the disappointing performance of the previous film, Apocalypse, has set a high bar for Dark Phoenix. That said, the first teaser trailer offers a tight, tense look at broken trust, fractured friendships, and a young woman on the edge of evil.

The film also features Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Alexandra Shipp. X-Men: Dark Phoenix still does not have a release date.