– 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

  • TheOct8pus

    What? Professor X has an ego?? He’s got ulterior motives? He’s not pure of heart??? Boycott the movie!! Remove it from canon! Destroy Rotten Tomatoes!!

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Come on, that’s like saying Master Splinter sending the Turtles through time to stop Shredder.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I bet they try and shoehorn Asteroid M into this story as well.

  • Ian Finnimore

    The franchise died with Logan, leave it there & allow it to live on via Deadpool. Sophie Turner is an awful actress – this is money down the toilet ….

    As soon as Xmen can cross into the MCU they will forget this post DOFP incarnation.

    Xmen in 2000 was an interesting take on the characters with pretty great casting overall but it’s been more miss that hit. Start again.

    I’ve appreciated every variation of the cartoon – XMen/Evolution/Wolverine & the Xmen all did the franchise proud but the movies are a mess .. just stop ..

    • Smerdyakov

      When I read this post, I hear the voice of Comic Book Guy.

      • Ian Finnimore

        That’s because he sleeps next to you every night surely?

        I’m surprised that you are even allowed internet access inside of a Kazakhstan sexy offenders facility ….

        • Smerdyakov

          We’re allowed access to the pretentious snob network aka LRM.

          • Ian Finnimore

            Yakshemash comrade .. . worst …comment ..ever!

          • daniel jonze

            Dont watch them eazy peezy

          • Ian Finnimore

            That’s a given ..

  • Smerdyakov

    “That’s for killing fifty million people you magnetic douchbag.”

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.