While rumors have been swirling that Disney is still working towards a deal to buy Fox's entertainment properties, that doesn't stop the X-Men franchise from moving forward with its next film, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The mutant team are now national heroes, with James McAvoy's Charles Xavier landing on the cover of Time Magazine - and inflating his ego a little too far.
In all seriousness, the Dark Phoenix first look is pretty nondescript, with a nude Sophie Turner rocking fiery locks and showing cracks of flame in her skin. A "major twist" occurs halfway through the film, and indeed here we see a funeral attended by Charles (James McAvoy), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPHee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp), so who dies?
Simon Kinberg, who previously wrote the screenplay for the last Dark Phoenix adaptation in X-Men: The Last Stand, is in the director's chair this time, and without studio meddling to reduce the script, he's glad to have the emotional story he wanted to tell originally finally taking form. "Pride is starting to get the better of him, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions", Kinberg says.
Turner ignited the cover of Entertainment Weekly's First Look Issue as Jean Grey this week.
The story draws heavily from the "Phoenix Saga" arc in Uncanny X-Men by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and John Byrne, which introduced the Dark Phoenix persona through Jean Grey's outer-space encounter with a deadly solar flare.
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For Turner, stepping into the lead role was a big challenge. 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.
When it was announced that Oscar-nominated actress would play a villain in the flick, many assumed it would be Shi'ar Empress Lilandra Neramani because that character factors heavily into the Dark Phoenix comic storyline.
"It's about the butterfly effect of this thing happening", Turner told EW.
Simon Kinberg directed the latest "X-Men" movie, which is coming to theaters November 2018.