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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Coming up on 20th Century Fox’s Marvel slate next year is the long-awaited X-Men: Dark Phoenix, from director Simon Kinberg.

This film is set to be an adaptation of the beloved Dark Phoenix Saga from the comics, wherein Jean Grey goes absolutely berserk. It’s an arc that was loosely adapted in the terrible movie, X-Men: The Last Stand, and since then, Kinberg has expressed his desire to go back and make things right with this latest film.

Now, EW has a new cover that shows off Jean Grey herself, Sophie Turner, up in flames. Check out the cover below:

Not a bad look for Jean Grey. Of course, the look is one thing, and the actual execution is another thing completely. Is this a film that can actually nail the storyline that X-Men: The Last Stand stumbled with? Unlike the previous film, this upcoming one does have the advantage of focusing solely on Dark Phoenix, whereas that aspect was only one part of a bigger story in The Last Stand.

One big potential problem here is that this is also a storyline that can feel rushed. Part of the appeal of the storyline in general was the “loss” of a beloved character. In these films, however, we’ve only seen this take of the X-Men youngsters in one mediocre film. Will we simply not care when things go bad? We’ll have to wait and see.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters on November 2, 2018.

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SOURCE: Alex Steinman

  • 2 Left Thumbs

    I’m not into it. I don’t buy Turner in the role at all, she was only cast because she’s a rising star, not because she actually fits the part. Casting aside, it’s just kinda meh.

    They also haven’t earned the Dark Phoenix storyline at all. It won’t have any weight, because we haven’t had any time to invest in this character. I had hoped that this movie was far enough away that Disney might bury it when/if they reacquire X-Men – so that they can have some breathing room to start rebuilding their version of the X-Men franchise.

    • axebox

      Bingo.

  • Broian

    You madam are no Famke Janssen.

    • axebox

      Unfortunately, Turner is a misfire for this character. She’s just not a good actor.

      • Broian

        Agreed. I only watched the first couple seasons of GoT but she never seemed to grow like some of the other young actors did.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I hope Disney shelves this and makes a new movie set in present time with the original 5 members. Cyc, Ice, Beast, Angel, and Baby Jean. They have been there all along, but now they are old enough to make their presence known to the rest of the supers.
    (maybe even SHIELD had paid a previous visit but Xavier assured they were not a threat)

  • Eric Anderson

    Jean . . . . unleash your POWAH!! ehh. On second thought, don’t. Just. No.

    Like stated below, I was really kinda hoping that Disney stopped this abomination from happening before it was too late. I think its too late.

  • Victor Roa

    hmmmmm, okay, but the Shi-ar empire is looking?

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.