Just like its namesake, the Dark Phoenix is rising from the ashes.
After its original release date in November was moved to early 2019, fans became a little wary of what to expect in the newest (and possibly last) entry in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, Dark Phoenix. Now fans can decide if the world’s most powerful mutants pass their Danger Room test in the form of the movie’s first trailer:
The trailer doesn't spell out a vast amount of specifics in terms of the movie's plot, so it's difficult to tell to what extent Dark Phoenix will be more faithful to the original story written by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Also not revealed in this first trailer is the identity of the character played by Jessica Chastain, whose still undisclosed role is glimpsed only briefly.
What can be determined from this first look is the more somber tone of this film (which is set 10 years after X-Men: Apocalypse), confirmation that the X-Men will in fact head into space, and that the team must contend with Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) losing control of her abilities as well as the unleashed Phoenix Force -- with the heart of the conflict being Professor Xavier's (James McAvoy) efforts to rein both in. Complicating matters will be Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to whom an increasingly rage-fueled Jean turns -- not for answers, as he says, but for "permission." To do what?
Since the movie takes place in the '90s (apparently that’s a Marvel trend for 2019), we wonder how much, if any, influence the animated series will have on the new film. The cartoon was a '90s staple, so it would seem like a missed opportunity to avoid any references.
The film also stars returning cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Evan Peters.
A version of the Doors' "The End" can be heard playing as the trailer begins, and whether that means that this story could be the end for Jean Grey or this iteration of the X-Men themselves will remain a mystery for now. But in what will probably be the series' swan song before Disney and Marvel take over the franchise, we can only hope that this incarnation of the Children of the Atom goes out on a high note.
Dark Phoenix (and yes, the X-Men appears to have been officially dropped from the title) opens in theaters Feb. 14, 2019.