If this sounds somewhat familiar, it's because X-Men: The Last Stand covered parts of this comic-book storyline - and did it pretty badly, too. Sophie Turner is featured on the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly and it's our first look at Jean Gray's turn to the dark side.
Dark Phoenix marks Kinberg's first attempt as a director, with Jennifer Lawrence remarking how different the set was compared to previous shoots. In Dark Phoenix, set roughly 10 years after X-Men: Apocalypse, the X-Men are nationally celebrated heroes - but the fame gets to Professor X's head, leading to a cosmic adventure. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) even lands on the cover of Time magazine.
After the X-Men team is dispatched to space for a rescue mission, a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean - the Phoenix. As someone who has loved the X-Men comics and has dealt with seeing some of my favorite characters being muted into shells of their comic counterpart (ahemStormahem) I always come into an X-Men movie with some trepidation, but I do love the Phenoix saga and I love Sophie Turner so I am hoping it will do justice to that fantastic storyline. But if one or more of these incredibly busy actors signed a contract to return for just one more X-Men movie, that might make sense.
"This is probably the most emotional X-Men we've done and the most pathos-driven", McAvoy told EW.
Though, be prepared: "There's a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering". Turner studied schizophrenia and multiple personality disorders to prepare for this hard, volatile role.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters November 2, 2018. When talking about her inspiration for the character, she said, "Simon and I were talking about the character and I said, 'I keep thinking of the vet who tells you you need to put your dog down.' There's something very clinical about it".