The Dark Phoenix Saga, the daughter of two of the biggest names in the comic book world Simon Kinberg and Stan Lee, has recently released its second trailer. Almost two decades in the making, we’ve been waiting for a proper telling of Jean Grey’s character in the X-Men series.
To understand why Jean Grey’s character is so compelling in today’s society it’s because she was one of the very first female mutants in the series during the time of her creation.
The Hollywood Reporter says Jean was for all “intents and purposes,” the weakest member of the ragtag mutant team. Not only were her powers lesser than men she was surrounded by, but she was also briefly involved in a questionable romantic entanglement with her mentor and teacher Charles Xavier, who fell in love with his young charge early on in the series.
Nonetheless, she was still beloved as one of the few female heroes of her time and would later go on to become one of Marvel Universe’s most powerful figure.
Sophie Turner plays as Jean Grey, struggling to maintain her nearly infinite power. Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) makes a comeback and finds themselves on opposite sides again. Then there is Jessica Chastain as a third teacher looking to take advantage of Jean Grey’s Phoenix Force.
All thanks to X-Men: Days of Future Past that involved a lot about time travel and the future and the past alteration.
The trailer started with a very distraught and lost Jean, which exposed her fragility and confusion. This can be seen on both the first and second trailers.
The X-Men finds themselves torn between saving or putting an end to Jean before matters get worse.
We are then introduced to Jessica Chastain. A somewhat third teacher to Jean. Nobody’s quite sure yet what Chastain’s character in the movie is. IMDb only offers the blank credit of “Smith.” Will she be the villain in this plot? Not quite sure.
However, Kinberg describes Chastain’s character in an interview that she’s an alien coming from another planet. He also illustrates that the entity merging with Jean in space is a cosmic force. Chastain’s character is drawn and has been seeking out that cosmic force, and it leads her to Earth and Jean. It’s a force she either wants to control or destroy.
In the trailer we see Chastain telling her to unlock her full potential. At one point, she tells Jean, “You’re special Jean, and if you stop fighting that force inside of you, if you embrace it, you will possess the very power of a god.” That sounds like the usual villain manipulation.
As the trailer plays out, the plot seems to follow X-Men: The Last Stand. Some say Dark Phoenix is the better, refined version.
And finally, the big funeral scene. Who dies in the movie? Entertainment Tonight’s interview with the director, Simon Kinberg, tells us that quite,
“I had a lot of emotions about it. I was obviously sad about it. But I felt it was the strongest, most dramatic thing for the movie, and sometimes you have to make those kinds of hard decisions to service the larger story,” Kinberg said in the interview. “You have to show [a] real loss, you have to show real pain and show real threat and menace. I wanted it to be something that would fracture the X-Men. Mystique is someone who has been part of the X-Men and has been part of Magneto’s world. Her death impacts literally everybody,” he added.
Mystique’s death wasn’t just for some media attention as Kinberg elaborates, “For me, if there’s a metaphor for the film, it’s like if someone in your life or your family starts to lose control, whether that be because of drugs or mental health issues or more minor things, the question is: At one point do you give up on them? And how long do you hold out hope for them?”
X-Men: Dark Phoenix releases on June 7th, so we have to wait until then to find out how the movie goes.