In 1980, comics fans were wowed by the first wave of "Dark Phoenix" stories, showing a sun-irradiated Jean Grey becoming some sort of demigodess with unfathomable powers. Her name was Phoenix, a supernatural entity that would destroy everything in its wake.
She appeared in the third season of the 90s animated series, and also in 2006, in the clunky X-Men: The Last Stand, last leg in the big screen adaptation of Marvel's mutants franchise. Jean Grey's (Famke Janssen) powers grew and grew until she unleashed a tide of destruction, killing everyone around her, including Professor Xavier.
This ending was only part of the big picture though and next year the Phoenix will rise from its ashes. We've been eagerly expecting its return as one of the most thrilling angles of the X-Men universe.
And here it is: in its upcoming issue, Entertainment Weekly is unveiling the first few shots of our fav mutants' next adventure.
The cover shows Sophie Turner (who was already playing Jean Grey in X-Men Apocalypse in 2016, a movie that kind of heralded the return of the Phoenix in the final boss battle), her skin crackling and her red hair aflame.
The darkest and most sinister film in the whole saga
Simon Kinberg (who wrote X-Men: The Last Stand as well as Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, and directed Dark Phoenix), admits that he just couldn't drop this character.
The flick will also feature old-time favorites such as Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) among many others.
Here's what we know for now about the actual plot. Ten years after the first episode, mutants are national heroes. Professor Xavier even ends up on the cover of the Time. He gets a bit big-headed and sends his team on more and more dangerous missions. During one such mission, the X-Jet is hit by the solar flares of an erupting sun.
Entertainment Weekly's article states that this will be the darkest and most sinister movie in the saga, with as a bonus a major plot twist right in the middle. Rumours have it that Jean could even kill one of the four main characters (Magneto, Xavier, Mystique or Beast), and that might very well be the aforementioned twist.
Most of the movie will be about Jean fighting the Phoenix within herself. Let's note the casting of Jessica Chastain BTW, who will be playing the baddie who's going to push Jean to eventually let the Phoenix take control.
Below are a few more production shots unveiled by EW, with a Mystique closer to the original from the first trilogy.
X-Men: Dark Phœnix will be released on November 2, 2018. In the Remember also that X-Men: The New Mutants will be out on April 13, 2018.