It's Jean Grey's turn to get her own X-Men Universe film, and the first trailer for "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" promises to deliver it, with Sophie Turner starring as the supremely powerful mutant. Moreover, the fact that the film is set in 1992 - almost a decade after Sophie Turner's Jean Grey first "Phoenixed-out" in X-Men: Apocalypse - is also a point of intrigue, especially since that would make Fassbender's Magneto only eight years away from becoming Ian McKellen's version, as depicted in 2000's original X-Men.
It's been unclear whether the movie would be called "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" or not. Dark Phoenix releases on February 14, 2019. The Sophie Turner announced the trailer release on her Instagram account.
Along with Turner, returning cast members include James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, and Evan Peters as Quicksilver.
Much of the footage revolves around Grey, focusing on her traumatic childhood and extreme power.
The film's first trailer debuts Wednesday during "The Late Late Show". The next film in the X-Men franchise will adapt Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and John Byrne's iconic "Dark Phoenix Saga", which also inspired 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. We see Jean have a hard time adjusting to life with other mutants and being overwhelmed by her powers, which are magnifying rapidly. Instead, it will just be called Dark Phoenix. "Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite - not only to save Jean's soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy".
The new film takes place in 1992, where the X-Men are no longer outcasts but regarded as national heroes who go on riskier missions. I kind of appreciate that, as it seems to indicate they have faith enough in the project not to wholly rely on the branding.