Jennifer Lawerence

13-minute Dark Phoenix clip reveals how the X-Men universe is changing with the times

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Feb 4, 2019, 3:00 PM EST (Updated)

A full 13-minute clip of next year's X-Men sequel Dark Phoenix was unveiled offsite at New York Comic Con on Friday, showing just how much the X-Men universe has changed since 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse.

* Warning: There are spoilers for the upcoming Dark Phoenix movie below *

According to reports (via Collider, The Hollywood Reporter) the footage showed the origins of Jean Grey's (Sophie Turner) Phoenix persona, and a general shift in perspective towards that of the mutants, who have now been accepted by the establishment. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) has even been summoned by the President of the United States following a botched NASA expedition.

The footage starts with the aforementioned NASA mission taking off into the skies, which is troubled from the offset when the control rooms start to notice things not quite going as planned. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) leads the team to make what she thinks is a simple extraction, giving orders to her crew including Jean Grey, Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan.)

Then, Jean comes into harm’s way when she is engulfed by a fiery cloud, but miraculously survives – prompting concern from Mystique and the others. Still, they successfully complete the mission, but back on Earth, it’s Charles who tries to take all the credit.

Per Collider, this is where Lawrence’s Mystique has a killer moment as she tells Xavier: "It's funny, I can’t actually remember the last time you were the one risking something. And by the way, the women are always saving the men around here. You might want to think about changing the name to X-Women." 

At the event, director Simon Kinberg (who has spent years as a writer/producer on the franchise but never made it to the director’s chair until now) stressed to fans that what they were seeing was not the finished product in terms of visual effects and the soundtrack. The movie is set to hit screens on June 7, 2019.

For more about the film, check out our Live Stage interview with Kinberg and Turner. And Click here for SYFY WIRE's full coverage of NYCC 2018, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.

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