Michael Fassbender's Magneto gets captured in new pic from X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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Dec 28, 2017, 11:32 AM EST

One of the greatest things Matthew Vaughn contributed to Fox's X-Men cinematic universe was the inclusion of Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto. The anger and emotional scarring caused by his experiences as a Jewish Holocaust survivor has made Fassbender's character one of the most engaging and tragic mutants ever seen onscreen.

Across three movies — First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse — he's been the prevailing proponent of mutant pride, even if his methods are a tad on the murderous side. Still, it's been cool to see him hunt Nazis and be imprisoned for the assasination of JFK (who was a mutant, by the way).

Fassbender will make his fourth appearance as Lehnsherr in next year's Dark Phoenix, an adaptation of Chris Claremont's original storyline from 1980. We finally have our first glimpse of Magneto in the movie, courtesy of Empire Magazine, and things aren't looking good for the metal-melding mutant.

In the image, we see him lying unconscious on the ground, surrounded by the guns of an elite S.W.A.T. team and the rope of an animal restraining pole around his neck. This Special Forces team obviously isn't taking any chances when it comes to the powerful Magneto. After all, Magneto nearly helped destroy the entire world in X-Men: Apocalypse. The cracked pavement around his lifeless body seems to indicate that we'll be treated to an epic battle before he's subdued. 

The film will be set in the early 1990s, focusing on the darkness inside Jean Grey, played by Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner. Following the events of the last movie, the X-Men are now a famous superhero team who are going on more missions of increasing danger. Jean comes into the sights of an alien power (X-newcomer Jessica Chastain) after an adventure in space and begins to lose control of herself due to the Phoenix Force, an uncontrollable and dangerously powerful cosmic life that takes over her being.

The Dark Phoenix Saga was poorly touched upon in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, but the upcoming film will be a much more faithful depiction of Claremont's beloved arc. On the Magneto front, it would be nice to see an exploration of the character's relationship with his son, Quicksilver (Evan Peters).

James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Olivia Munn will reprise their roles as Charles Xavier, Mystique, Hank McCoy, Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, Quicksilver, and Psylocke, respectively. Written and directed by Simon Kinberg (previously only an executive producer on the X-Men movies), Dark Phoenix opens November 2, 2018.