The path towards the premiere of the X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been fraught with uncertainty. Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the studio that made the film,certainly left a lot of questions about how the X-Men would fit into the MCU. Hell, there were even rumors about the film was being scrapped entirely. Even though many questions still are still up in the air, the first trailer for the fourth entry in the First Class series just dropped, and honestly, it looks like it was worth the wait.
Unlike most of the other X-Men films, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will focus primarily on Jean Grey, the team’s psycho-kinetic trump card. In both comics and film, Grey has always been one of, if not the most powerful mutants in the X-Men Universe. That’s largely due to something called the phoenix force — which is pretty much a boundless cosmic entity locked inside of her. The only drawback to this power is its ability to corrupt the host, and that’s where fans will meet the team at the start of the film.
More than a few years seem to have passed since the events of X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, all of the team has grown up a little bit, and life at the school for gifted mutants is in full swing. But by the looks of it, the X-Men will have to work together to free Jean from the phoenix force as she slowly loses control over it. Naturally, Magneto (Michael Fassbender) wants her to do the homicidal thing and use the power to cut loose, while Professor X (James Mcavoy) went out of his way to hide the phoenix force from Jean by trapping it inside of her.
That said, the movie is for sure taking a few beats from X-Men: The Last Stand, which was such a bad film that any similarity should be cause for alarm. But, X-Men: Dark Phoenix seems less convoluted, and like it’s letting the struggle against the phoenix force be the film’s central drama. That lack of focus is what made The Last Stand so terrible. So let’s hope that reigning it in is what makes this one brilliant.