– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Empire has released the first real photo for next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is set to see Jean Grey careen into an incredibly dark fate. However, this first photo doesn’t show her off, but instead shows longtime character Magneto beaten and battered on the ground.


This wasn’t all the outlet had to share. Empire also gave us a couple first plot details. Here’s what they said:

“This film is set in 1992, roughly a decade after Apocalypse and finds the X-Men dealing with being heroes. An unfortunate side effect is how that fuels Charles Xavier’s (James McAvoy) ego. He starts sending the team on more dangerous missions, including one to space that ends with Grey going to some very dark places.”

The majority of the content isn’t anything surprising, but there is one aspect that’s pretty interesting, and that’s Charles’ ego. He’s always been a real father figure in the films — an icon that everyone can always count on. It looks like this time around that he’ll have attained a certain amount of hubris that will not only lead to problems for him, but BIG problems for one of his protégés — that protegé being Jean Grey, played by Sophie Turner.

“It’s about duality,” Turner told Empire, “darkness and light, this sense of her being a completely other person and struggling with that…”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is written and directed by longtime franchise producer Simon Kinberg, taking over for Bryan Singer. Set to return to this film are actors James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, among many others.

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SOURCE: Empire

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.