The debut trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix is finally out now and it looks promising. The first trailer hints at a tough time for Marvel’s mutants when the Phoenix Force arrives on Earth.
It’s clear from the trailer that X-Men will lose a member in the film. The scenes in the trailer and the photos released show Professor X, Beast, Cyclops and someone standing at the grave of a recently departed character.
The trailer doesn’t reveal who it was but it’s likely that it could be Jean Grey, keeping in mind that she died in the comics once before returning after being possessed by the Phoenix. However, her return doesn’t take place for at least more than a decade, so it’s also possible that it’s someone else.
The story will revolve around the Phoenix Force that possesses Jean Grey after a rescue mission is space goes wrong. It’s also possible that the power of the Dark Phoenix overwhelms her, causing her to accidentally kill one of her teammates.
This is not what happened in the early X-Men films’ first attempt at the story of the “Dark Phoenix Saga,” where Jean Grey murders her lover Cyclops after returning back to life. This time, however, director Simon Kinberg wants to correct that mistake made by 2003’s X-Men: The Last Stand.
“I co-wrote X-Men 3, the ‘Dark Phoenix’ story, which is probably the most sacred of the X-Men storylines in the comics,” Kinberg told THR. “Fanboys and girls did not love the movie [X-Men: The Last Stand]. When I wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past years later — it was a time travel story — I thought, ‘Well, here’s an opportunity to rewrite this mistake — bring Jean Grey back to life.’ I got to go back and essentially erase a $200 million movie.”
Fans had earlier been wondering about the film’s status as it was earlier slated for a November release. There were rumours of extensive reshoots but all of them were turned down by Jean Grey actress Sophie Turner.
“I think it’s just a few bits and bobs, reshoot-wise,” Turner previously told Digital Spy. “To be honest, I don’t even know what we’re reshooting at the moment. So I couldn’t really tell you much about that one. All I know is that I’ll be back in Montreal at some point soon, and that the Valentine’s Day release date is quite a positive thing, because Black Panther got released on Valentine’s Day. So we’re keeping positive about it.”
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix will hit the theatres on February 14.