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CBMB: The Dark Phoenix Has Arrived!

By Muuka Muyumba

Today, Entertainment Weekly debuted a first look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix that is being directed by longtime X-Men film writer/producer Simon Kinberg, who wanted his first venture into directing to tell his version of this classic X-Men tale. Kinberg said that he struggled to hand this project off to anyone else when he had such a clear vision for the film.

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner returns as Jean Grey, a mutant with extraordinary abilities, but little control over their manifestation. The film will be based on the Dark Phoenix Saga from Chris Claremont and John Byrne that ran in the late 70s and early 80s that saw Jean taken over by the otherworldly Phoenix Force making her one of the most dangerous beings in the galaxy.

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The EW describes an Icarus-like story centering on pride, emotion, control and loss:

Set in 1992, about 10 years after the events of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix opens with the X-Men, including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), in a new, unexpected role: national heroes. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) even lands on the cover of Time magazine. But his growing ego puts the team at risk. “Pride is starting to get the better of him, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions,” Kinberg says. 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.

The film is said to have some of the biggest X-Men action set pieces of all the 8 films of the series, and as McAvoy would tell it, possibly the most emotional of all. As EW describes it, “[t]he 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.”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be the 3rd X-Men film released in 2018 after X-Men: New Mutants and Deadpool 2. The film hits theaters on November 2, 2018.