It’s been a long time coming for the next X-Men film, Dark Phoenix. Since the casting of Sophie Turner as young Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, fans have been waiting for the retelling of the famous Dark Phoenix comicbook arc.
Unfortunately, this particular film’s release keeps getting postponed. It went from November of this year to the recent revelation of a new release date in June 2019. The news is especially painful for fans since it came just days after the first trailer dropped, but just because we have a few months longer to wait until the film release, doesn’t mean we can’t still analyze the trailer frame by frame in the meantime!
The trailer definitely gives viewers a lot of ground to cover with very few places being shown for more than a few seconds. Some very attentive fans noticed one such place and immediately matched it to a location from the original comicbook arc, something that loyalist fans have certainly been hoping for.
After fans speculated if what they saw was indeed the place from the comics, director and devoted X-Men filmmaker Simon Kinberg confirmed it. Dark Phoenix will feature Genosha, the Mutant safe haven of comics past.
“What you’re seeing is the beginnings of Genosha. That’s where Erik is when we meet him. It’s like Magneto’s Israel — a land built for mutants, a homeland where they can be safe and self-sufficient. Jean finds him there because what’s happening to her is making her do destructive things, and she doesn’t know why. The only person she’s known who has done destructive and lethal things in the past but came back from it is Magneto. She feels he alone can give her answers because he’s lived both sides. He’s lost control and killed and hurt people, some of whom he even loved, and yet he’s also found a measure of peace and that’s what she’s searching for.”
In the comicbooks, Genosha serves as a full-on secret community and self-sustaining society made up entirely of mutants. From what we know so far, this is only the start of such a place in Dark Phoenix, but hopefully, it will provide a good foundation to the concept and place if there are movies continuing after this one.
Magneto himself, Michael Fassbender, also spoke about the location and his relationship with Grey with Entertainment Weekly as he said the following:
“He’s set up this place for mutants that don’t have a home to go to and they can seek refuge there. They have to work as a community but it’s a safe place for them and they’ll be accepted. There’s a suspicion there on his part when she arrives.”
The first trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix can be seen HERE, featuring Genosha in all its glory!