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‘X-Men’ fans react with mixed feelings to first ‘Dark Phoenix’ trailer



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  • The first trailer for the next “X-Men” movie, “Dark
    Phoenix,” is here.
  • It’s an ominous trailer that teases an end for the
    X-Men, and pits the team against one of their own: Jean Grey,
    played by “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner. 
  • Fans have mixed reactions to the footage.
  • Some are excited, while others feel it looks too
    similar to 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which also attempted
    to adapt the “Dark Phoenix Saga” comic book storyline.

The first trailer for the next “X-Men” movie, “Dark Phoenix,”
debuted on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Wednesday,
and it pits the mutant superhero team against one of their own:
Jean Grey, played by “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner, who is
consumed by a powerful, cosmic force.

If that premise sounds familiar, that’s because it is. It’s based
on the acclaimed X-Men comic book storyline “The Dark Phoenix
Saga,” which was loosely adapted in 2006’s “X-Men: The Last
Stand” with disappointing results. Fox, the film studio behind
the “X-Men” franchise, is taking another swing at it, though,
with “Dark Phoenix.” 

This time, longtime “X-Men”-franchise writer and producer Simon
Kinberg is behind the camera for his directorial debut. 

The footage puts the “dark” in “Dark Phoenix” — it’s an ominous
trailer that appropriately teases an end for the X-Men with a
cover of The Doors’ “The End.” We hear an exchange between
Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier
over a flashback to Grey’s youth, where she causes a car her
parents are driving to crash and flip. “I was protecting her,”
Xavier says.

We get a glimpse of actress Jessica Chastain, who is new to the
franchise, in a mysterious role. She tells Grey that the X-Men
“can’t begin to comprehend what you are.” We also see Grey
approach Michael Fassbender’s Magneto in her search for answers,
and it appears that Beast, played by Nicholas Hoult, may betray
Xavier to join Magneto as Grey loses control of her powers. 

Online reaction to the trailer has been mixed. Some fans are
excited to see Kinberg’s take on the classic story while others
feel it looks too similar to “The Last Stand” and already want
Disney to take over the franchise with the Disney/Fox merger.

“It’s actually DARK! I can’t wait for it,” said one
YouTube user.

“Looks promising, seems like it will have some intense,
emotional and dramatic story elements. I’m excited!,” said

Some Twitter reaction was a tad more harsh, though. Check
out some reactions below:

The movie has reportedly gone through some production trouble. It
was moved back from this November to a February release date,
and has reportedly been going
extensive reshoots,
according to Montreal newspaper 
La Presse.

“Dark Phoenix” comes to theaters February 14, 2019.

Watch the full trailer below:


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