The road to the Dark Phoenix film hasn’t been a smooth one, but it seems that the puzzle pieces are finally coming together as we approach its June release. The latest piece of the puzzle is a new trailer.
The studio is calling this the “final trailer,” so naturally, it had to reach a new level of intensity. Long-time X-Men fans already know that the story of Dark Phoenix is incredibly high stakes given the sheer magnitude of her power. Judging from the trailers we’ve seen so far, it looks like director Simon Kinberg will bring those high stakes to the big screen this summer.
Between a harrowing scene with Magneto and the sinister advice that Jean Grey is given by Jessica Chastain’s enigmatic character known only as “Smith,” it’s clear that all the characters are endangered by the Phoenix Force, even those we thought would be powerful enough to fight it.
Before all the explosions and telekinetic destruction kicks in, Jean Grey seeks to control her powers with the help of resident misunderstood-villain Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto. Comicbook fans may be familiar with the island nation of Genosha, which is officially confirmed as being in the film. This island, where Grey meets Lehnsherr, is a nation of Magneto’s creation which he offers as a sanctuary for all mutants. Whether or not their meeting goes well remains to be seen, but in this image, it looks like Jean is earnestly trying to listen to Magneto’s advice.
In the new issue of Empire magazine, Kinberg explained his long-time plans to feature this location on the big screen, since it has appeared in X-Men lore for many years:
“Genosha is something that I’ve always been fascinated by. It’s sort of Oz for mutants. As a Jew, its parallels to Israel and the notion of the promised land intrigued me even as a kid. I was looking in previous X-Men movies for a way to incorporate it. It was something I thought about for Apocalypse, but then went in a very different direction.”
Now, without giving away any further spoilers, here’s the final trailer for Dark Phoenix:
Dark Phoenix comes to theaters on June 5, 2019.