The Dark Phoenix is rising…again, as Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner returns as Jean Grey in the trailer for the next X-Men sequel/prequel.
In this new chapter, Jean’s abilities have become unmanageable, and when the X-Men venture into space to save stranded astronauts, a cosmic force fires on the X-Jet and is absorbed into Jean, leaving her more powerful than ever before, but also dangerous and unstable. The X-Men must try to save Jean from herself, while also fighting to keep villainous aliens drawn to her power at bay.
Michael Fassbender, returning as Magneto, shows the same concern in this trailer that we have seen the character have for Jean in other iterations, explaining “I’ve seen evil, and I’m looking at it now.”
Director Simon Kinberg is all too familiar with the frosty reception that the exploration of the Phoenix storyline in The Last Stand received from fans, and he’s hopeful that this film will do the iconic story justice. Surely, it couldn’t be any worse.
We also get a brief glimpse of Jessica Chastain’s mysterious villain, a shapeshifting alien who sets about manipulating both Jean and the Phoenix. Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly, “Her character is way, way smarter than we are. What she realizes is she can use [Jean Grey] to manipulate this world, to turn it against itself.”
Also returning for Dark Phoenix are James McAvoy (Professor X), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver).
Dark Phoenix is set for release on February 14th, 2019.