Men: Dark Phoenix heats up EW's First Look Issue

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 7, 2017

X-Men: Dark Phoenix writer/director Simon Kinberg has revealed new details about the plot of the film to Entertainment Weekly.

Now almost 10 years after Last Stand and well into the golden age of superhero movies, X-Men is having its second try at the Dark Phoenix saga with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Kinberg's directorial debut. It was something of a surprise that Lawrence, McAvoy, Fassbender, and Hoult all returned for Dark Phoenix, since their contracts expired after Apocalypse. Plus, there's a new image of Sophie Turner's Jean Grey as Phoenix, in all the character's fiery glory. Writer/producer Simon Kinberg, a longtime staple of the X-Men franchise, steps into the director's chair for the first time on this film, revealing to EW that it was Jennifer Lawrence who most pushed him to make the jump to directing. After they're dispatched to space for a rescue mission, a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean (Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner)- the Phoenix.

In the EW article, we learn that Dark Phoenix sees Mystique and the X-Men in the role of national heroes after the Apocalypse incident. But his growing ego puts the team at risk. In the next movie, out November 2, 2018, the X-Men team is dispatched to space for a rescue mission. "This is probably the most emotional X-Men we've done and the most pathos-driven", said McAvoy. The movie becomes a fight for Jean's soul as Phoenix threatens to overtake her mind and divide the X-Men, particularly Jean and her mentor, Charles.

"It's about the butterfly effect of this thing happening", says Jean Grey actress Sophie Turner. "I've always wanted to do a big comic-book film, but I had some issues with the female characters I was being offered", she explained.

As you can see in the photo, Lawrence's Mystique makeup has taken on a lighter and more alien-esque appearance; in fact, she looks like a blue version of "The Newcomers" race from the Alien Nation franchise.

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