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Loads of interesting new images and details arrive from X-Men: Dark Phoenix

December 7th, 2017 by Marc Comments

While many of us here at FTN liked but were pretty much disappointed with X-Men: Apocalypse, we’re pretty excited to see where the franchise goes as it tackles (for the second time) the whole Dark Phoenix saga.

And today we have some cool new images (above and below) as well as loads of details on the plot and how many of the events take place.

Director Simon Kinberg reveals it is Charles Xavier who causes Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey to become Dark Phoenix (who we saw hinted at in Apocalypse): “Pride is starting to get the better of him, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions.”

Referring to the image below that clearly shows the death of a loved character (although who remains a mystery), Xavier himself, James McAvoy says: “This is probably the most emotional X-Men we’ve done and the most pathos-driven. There’s a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering.”


But how does Jean become Dark Phoenix? Well, you may notice an image below of what seems to be a space shuttle? Well: “The X-Men, including Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), are heroes when the film begins and sent up to save some stranded astronauts. But a solar flare hits the X-Jet and all hell breaks loose,” says Kinberg.


“Jean absorbs those solar flares and then hurls them back out into space. That’s what triggers, awakens, creates this Phoenix force and voice inside her. What appears to the world to be another heroic victory by the X-Men in saving stranded people in space we realize is the the thing that begins the unraveling of Jean and the unraveling of secrets Charles told her.” 

The whole space event will throwback to the events in the original comic story that saw Jean try to absorb radiation in order to allow herself and her friends to return to earth in a space shuttle, resulting in her being replicated and ultimately replaced by a cosmic force called The Phoenix. The story goes on from there…


Finally, an interesting image reveals Jessica Chastain’s as yet unnamed villain who is an  “otherwordly shapeshifter who manipulates Phoenix for her own agenda” according to Kasdan.

Could she be Lilandra. Empress of the Shi’ar empire? We’ll all know in a year from now…

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

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Sophie Turner

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Jennifer Lawrence

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Jessica Chastain

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Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan, back to camera), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp)

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Concept Art

Check out the full gallery over at the source: EW

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….