Based on the iconic 1980 storyline by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, the movie puts Sophie Turner's young Jean Grey front and center. After a trip into space, the extremely gifted psychic mutant finds that she is now playing host to a dark and terribly powerful entity known as the Phoenix Force.
While we got a small taste of Jean's full potential in X-Men: Apocalypse, this new look at the superhero feature really lets her lose control and fly off the chain. For one thing, we're pretty sure she kills off one of the X-Men without meaning to. That's how you know this is serious business.
Watch it below:
So, who does Jean harm and end up murdering? Well, since Lana Candor isn't in this movie, our first suspicion was that it could be Jubilee.
WARNING! The following contains major plot spoilers for Dark Phoenix!
However, in a new interview published shortly after the trailer’s release, writer/director Simon Kinberg (also a longtime X-Men producer) is putting all that guesswork to rest. The director flatly confirmed that Jennifer Lawrence's Raven/Mystique is being killed off in the upcoming film.
This may come as a major spoiler to fans, but Fox is clearly treating this as as a non-spoiler (or an early spoiler) and getting the word out early. Perhaps they want Mystique’s death to be a narrative thread for convo leading up to the movie’s release this summer.
Scared and confused, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) believes Jean will go on to kill everyone else around her. He has a valid reason to be spooked; after all, Raven/Mystique was his best friend since childhood. It's also hard on Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult), who loved her as well.
The trailer also gives us flashes of: Professor X being blamed for turning his star pupil into a living weapon; what promises to be another badass slo-mo sequence with Evan Peters' Quicksilver; and Michael Fassbender's Magneto taking control of a bunch of machine guns and firing away.
By the end, our heroes are riding a heavily armed train wearing high-tech collars (similar to the mutant-inhibiting ones seen in Deadpool 2) before they're sprung free by Grey. That being said, no one seems particularly happy to see her—not even the X-Men.
Jessica Chastain first introduced the second trailer during a guest spot on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. While the It: Chapter Two star's role is still shrouded in mystery, we do know she'll be playing some kind of alien.
“I play this character from another world, and I come to Earth because Ms. Jean Grey has a power that I wanna harness for my own uses," Chastain said.
And indeed, the trailer shows her character goading Jean into embracing her full abilities and basically becoming a god among X-Men. Before we know it, Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is having his head crushed by his own helmet, a piece of headgear meant to keep out telepaths like her and Charles.
“I get to beat up a lot of X-Men in the movie, maybe kill some?" the actress added tauntingly. She also recounted a prank she played on McAvoy during a really intense scene where he was "forced" to dance the Macarena while suspended on wires.
Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) are all returning to play their X-Men counterparts.
Check out the brand-new poster below:
Dark Phoenix rises from the ashes and into theaters Friday, June 7.