While X-Men: Apocalypse didn’t seem to go down great, there does seem to be a portion of the audience who want to see Dark Phoenix done right. We haven’t known too much about the project at this point, but now we have a couple details and even a first look.
EW‘s cover story shows off Sophie Turner as the alter-ego of Jean Grey, and it’s pretty fiery, true to the name. Take a look:
More than that, there is a new synopsis of the film, too — and we are going forward in time (unless you are talking real time, then we are going back). EW reports:
“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.”
Hey, we are getting X-Men in space. That is… neat.
We’ve tangled a lot of Xavier’s hubris in these new movies, but I do think this story sounds neat. I certainly hope it turns out a little more solid than the last depiction of Dark Phoenix on stage. One can only hope.