UPDATE: Several more photos from the film have been released by EW and can be seen in the gallery down below.
The Phoenix has awoken.
Entertainment Weekly has today unveiled a fiery first peek at Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey as she’ll appear in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the star-studded 2018 blockbuster coming by way of Simon Kinberg (The Twilight Zone).
Held up as the “most emotional, pathos-driven” X-Men movie of Fox’s ongoing prequel saga, Dark Phoenix takes place roughly 10 years after the events of Apocalypse, at a time when our core group of mutants – namely Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) – are celebrated as national heroes. But there’s trouble afoot.
Between Charles Xavier’s (James McAvoy) inflated ego – hell, he even lands on the cover of Time magazine – and the X-Jet being at the mercy of a potentially deadly solar flare, Dark Phoenix steers Fox’s franchise into relatively new, cosmic territory.
Here’s what Simon Kinberg told EW:
Pride is starting to get the better of him [Charle Xavier], and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions.
And so, after a rescue mission goes awry, Jean Grey is blasted by a huge solar fire – but it’s the aftermath that’s the real concern. Upon returning to Earth, Sophie Turner’s mutant soon realizes that a “malevolent, power-hungry new force” is beginning to stir. Its name? The Phoenix.
Meanwhile, when asked about the film’s overall tone, McAvoy revealed:
This is probably the most emotional X-Men we’ve done and the most pathos-driven. There’s a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering.
Jean Grey’s fiery transformation undoubtedly thrusts a wedge between the X-Men, and that’s something that will bring a real sense of drama to Dark Phoenix. At least, that’s according to Turner:
It’s about the butterfly effect of this thing happening. What happens when the person you love the most falls into darkness?