Men: Dark Phoenix - Fiery First Image Revealed

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2017

In Dark Phoenix, set roughly 10 years after X-Men: Apocalypse, the X-Men are nationally celebrated heroes - but the fame gets to Professor X's head, leading to a cosmic adventure.

The Entertainment Weekly issue with the X-Men: Dark Phoenix cover seen here is out on shelves December 8. Plus, there's a new image of Sophie Turner's Jean Grey as Phoenix, in all the character's fiery glory.

Details about Jessica Chastain's character in X-Men: Dark Phoenix are still hazy, but a new report brings a few things to light. Here are the first images, beyond that glimpse of the magazine cover above. But his growing ego puts the team at risk. Every X-Men fan is aware that Jean Grey is one very powerful mutant, and this photo shows she's truly a force to be reckoned, even at a young age.

The story draws heavily from the "Phoenix Saga" arc in Uncanny X-Men by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and John Byrne, which introduced the Dark Phoenix persona through Jean Grey's outer-space encounter with a deadly solar flare. As someone who has loved the X-Men comics and has dealt with seeing some of my favorite characters being muted into shells of their comic counterpart (ahemStormahem) I always come into an X-Men movie with some trepidation, but I do love the Phenoix saga and I love Sophie Turner so I am hoping it will do justice to that unbelievable storyline.

Sophie Turner (aka Sansa Stark, Queen in the North) spent time researching multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia in order to better play Jean's duality. Actor James McAvoy describes it as the "most emotional X-Men we've done". Turner studied schizophrenia and multiple personality disorders to prepare for this hard, volatile role. "What happens when the person you love the most falls into darkness?".

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX hits Cinemas on November 2 next year and features the ensemble cast of Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm and Olivia Munn as Psylocke.

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