- The first trailer for the next “X-Men” movie, “Dark Phoenix,” is here.
- It’s an ominous trailer that teases an end for the X-Men, and pits the team against one of their own: Jean Grey, played by “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner.
- Fans have mixed reactions to the footage.
- Some are excited, while others feel it looks too similar to 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which also attempted to adapt the “Dark Phoenix Saga” comic book storyline.
The first trailer for the next “X-Men” movie, “Dark Phoenix,” debuted on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Wednesday, and it pits the mutant superhero team against one of their own: Jean Grey, played by “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner, who is consumed by a powerful, cosmic force.
If that premise sounds familiar, that’s because it is. It’s based on the acclaimed X-Men comic book storyline “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” which was loosely adapted in 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” with disappointing results. Fox, the film studio behind the “X-Men” franchise, is taking another swing at it, though, with “Dark Phoenix.”
This time, longtime “X-Men”-franchise writer and producer Simon Kinberg is behind the camera for his directorial debut.
The footage puts the “dark” in “Dark Phoenix” — it’s an ominous trailer that appropriately teases an end for the X-Men with a cover of The Doors’ “The End.” We hear an exchange between Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier over a flashback to Grey’s youth, where she causes a car her parents are driving to crash and flip. “I was protecting her,” Xavier says.
We get a glimpse of actress Jessica Chastain, who is new to the franchise, in a mysterious role. She tells Grey that the X-Men “can’t begin to comprehend what you are.” We also see Grey approach Michael Fassbender’s Magneto in her search for answers, and it appears that Beast, played by Nicholas Hoult, may betray Xavier to join Magneto as Grey loses control of her powers.
Online reaction to the trailer has been mixed. Some fans are excited to see Kinberg’s take on the classic story while others feel it looks too similar to “The Last Stand” and already want Disney to take over the franchise with the Disney/Fox merger.
“It’s actually DARK! I can’t wait for it,” said one YouTube user.
“Looks promising, seems like it will have some intense, emotional and dramatic story elements. I’m excited!,” said another.
Some Twitter reaction was a tad more harsh, though. Check out some reactions below:
OKAY… X-Men: Dark Phoenix looks great, but isn’t pretty much EXACTLY the Jean Grey storyline that happened in X-Men: The Last Stand?
I’m excited but also frustrated that the timelines for X-Men just never line-up correctly.
— Kayla Jardine (@KaylaJardineV) September 27, 2018
Dark Phoenix is going to be X-Men: The Last Stand again isn’t it? But with flames instead of dusty crap.
— Chris Jones (@ChrisJonesGeek) September 27, 2018
Nothin’ gets me excited about a movie more than discovering it’s a beat-for-beat remake of X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, everyone’s favorite X-MEN film. https://t.co/dnvfatV4Sh
— Adam Frazier (@AdamFrazier) September 27, 2018
Oh boy. This looks way too similar to the deformed way they told the Dark Phoenix story in The Last Stand.
— 𝔻𝕒𝕧𝕚𝕕 ℝ𝕚𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕕 ℙ 🏳️🌈 (@DavidRP91) September 27, 2018
Well hey, considering Kevin Feige made unknown heroes that Hollywood said would fail massively a huge franchise- proves he has the talent to make things work in a good way
— SemiThunder (@RealSemiThunder) September 27, 2018
How the hell are you gonna tease us with the classic 90’s suit at the end of Apocalypse and end up giving us this trash suit in Dark Phoenix?? Wtfff pic.twitter.com/eToS3x4lO8
— -𝑽𝑰𝑹𝑻𝑼𝑨𝑳 𝑺𝑨.𝑰.𝒀𝑨𝑵- (@ickyzicky) September 27, 2018
This is what I saw when looking at the trailer. No thanks, especially if that leaked script ended up being used for this movie (it was awful) pic.twitter.com/jUoyJLBvRn
— ‘Will’Power (@williampmoney) September 27, 2018
I’m so underwhelmed but I know my stupid ass is still gonna pay to see it 😂
— Brittany Fyffe (@brittanyfyffe) September 27, 2018
The movie has reportedly gone through some production trouble. It was moved back from this November to a February release date, and has reportedly been going through extensive reshoots, according to Montreal newspaper La Presse.
“Dark Phoenix” comes to theaters February 14, 2019.
Watch the full trailer below: