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X-Men: Dark Phoenix will feature the team's first trip into outer space

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Dec 7, 2017

The X-Men are boldly going where they've never gone before ... at least, not in the movies. X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the next installment in Fox's mutant shared universe, is hitting theaters in a little less than a year. Entertainment Weekly just unveiled our first look at Sophie Turner as the title character, along with a few new details about the film.

According to the cover story, the film is "partially" based on the iconic story scripted by the legendary Chris Claremont. We still don't know just how partial the adaptation will be, but now we know that at least one part of it will remain intact: X-Men in space.

The film, set in 1992, will feature the X-Men as true superheroes, world-famous after their defeat of Apocalypse in the last film. Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy, returning for a fourth film) is sending the team on increasingly daring missions as their renown grows, and he finally dispatches them to the final frontier. In outer space for a "rescue mission," they encounter a powerful solar flare that ignites Jean Grey's (Sophie Turner) full power and awakens the cosmic force known as Phoenix.

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Writer-director Simon Kinberg did not fully specify exactly how far the film will go in depicting what happens next, but that is true to what happens in the comic. At this point, we have no idea if we'll be seeing things as crazy as the fight on the Blue Area of the moon, but Kinberg did say he's been wanting to tell his version of this story ever since his plans to go further with Dark Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand were scrapped by the studio.

“[The film] was so clear in my head, emotionally and visually, that it would have killed me to hand this to somebody else to direct,” Kinberg said.

The film's cast isn't spilling too many details either, but Turner did explain some themes behind it that again make it seem very similar to the source material: namely, the battle (literally and metaphorically) for Jean Grey's soul.

“It’s about the butterfly effect of this thing happening,” said Turner. “What happens when the person you love the most falls into darkness?”

The trip to space won't be the only thing out of this world in the film. We also have Jessica Chastain's still-unnamed villain, described only as an "otherworldly shapeshifter" who's out to mess with Jean Grey's head in some form or another. As Kinberg explained to EW:

“Her character is way way smarter than we are. What she realizes is she can use [Jean Grey] to manipulate this world, to turn it against itself.”

EW also released a first look at Chastain's character. It's very understated for an X-Men villain, particularly after Apocalypse, but Chastain has the acting chops to make it feel very menacing indeed.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is in theaters November 2, 2018. Check out the EW cover with the first look at Turner below.

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