Dark Phoenix Trailer Dropped

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Produced by 20th Century Fox

Official teaser poster for X-Men: Dark Phoenix

The second trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix was dropped by 20th Century Fox on February 27, and I will admit that the production studio really knows how to cut their clips to leave someone on the edge of their seat.

The two and a half minute trailer enters with Jean Grey sitting in the rain, seemingly reliving a moment in which she crossed paths with her former friends, the X-Men.

She talks to someone outside of the frame, eyes closed, as we see flashes of her losing control. Jean, unable to keep it together, lets out a burst of her power, pushing Mystique away from her after the elder mutant attempts to talk with her. The entirety of the clipped together flashback comes before the 20th Century Fox and Marvel logos.

Jessica Chastain’s character Smith is the next to enter. She is talking with Jean, showing her what looks like a different reality as she attempts to persuade Jean to embrace her abilities. We also see a clip from the first trailer in which the X-Men are on a mission in space, and Jean is hit with some cosmic ray.

The trailer continues to cut back to the X-Men’s encounter with Jean, and we get to see Professor X, Cyclops, Beast, Quicksilver, Storm, and Nightcrawler. There is, however, a depressing shot of a grave and grieving X-Men. From earlier parts of the trailer and the fact that she doesn’t appear again, I assumed that Jean or an antagonist we have yet to see killed Mystique. Apparently, Director Simon Kinberg confirmed this death and teased that there were more to come in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. All of this comes only in the first minute of the video.

The rest of the video is trimmed footage of different battles from encounters with Jean dispersed with arguments between different X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants. It appears to be that the X-Men are falling apart from within while they try to figure out what’s wrong with themselves and their friend.

I’m not going to lie, I am a little bit disappointed in the trailer. We haven’t exactly gotten any new information from this other than another slow motion battle between Quicksilver and another mutant. I’m not even completely sure if Jean Grey is meant to be the antagonist in this movie because it’s technically her origin story.

On top of not learning anything new, I feel like half of the movie will be a repeat of X-Men: Last Stand which isn’t good. Teenage Jean Grey is dressed similarly to how adult Jean Grey dressed: street clothes and a trench coat. I guess we won’t be seeing Jean’s green and yellow suit from the comics.

On top of costume design, some of the plot points we get a glimpse at are almost exact parallels to the 2006 film. There’s a major character death, a greater battle between mutants, Jean Grey gets manipulated without realizing it, and everything comes back to Charles Xavier. Charles placed barriers within Jean’s mind to limit her abilities, though they weaken as she grows older, causing more issues as her powers seems to develop a split personality: Jean Grey and the phoenix. The only character missing from Dark Phoenix would be Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, the one person who was able to defeat Jean in Last Stand.

Grey is an Omega-level mutant who can and has killed a other mutants, including, but not limited to, Magneto, Professor X, Cyclops, and, even the first ever mutant, Apocalypse.

At this point, I can’t say that Dark Phoenix will be a younger, darker, better version of Last Stand, but I can, at the very least,hope.

The X-Men movie franchise has had a multitude of issues in the past, and I would hate to see this become another knot in a string of mistakes, especially if this is going to be the last X-Men movie we see for a while due to the Disney-Fox merger.

With Captain Marvel out this Friday and Endgame right around the corner, Dark Phoenix has a lot to compete with in the Marvel franchise itself. Starring Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is out June 7.