Following this morning’s domestic full trailer for the new “X-Men” film “Dark Phoenix,” a new international trailer is out for it – one with a bunch of new footage and with a much clearer layout of the film’s structure, tone and story. This international trailer comes as director Simon Kinberg has spoken about the domestic one.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
Both trailers seemingly give away some big story beats, including what appears to be the death of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) quite early in the movie. Why spoil such a twist in the marketing material? Kinberg tells EW that with this being the last of the major “X-Men” films before Marvel Studios takes over the franchise, no character is safe and showing that death will make people realise you can expect others:
“Well, the thought process behind that was to primarily show that this is a movie that is unlike other ‘X-Men’ movies. It’s a movie where shocking things happen, where intense, dramatic things happen. People don’t just fall off buildings and dust themselves off and walk away. There’s a reality to this movie and a consequence to this movie. Even more than that, it was to show that Jean/Dark Phoenix is genuinely a threat to everyone, including the X-Men.
I had a lot of emotions about it. I was obviously sad about it, as Jen’s friend, and also as a fan of Jen as an actress. 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. There are certainly other major casualties in this… There was something about that sense of closure for the [X-Men], that sense of test, that sense of loss. It felt like not this is the end necessarily, but this is it for them.”
The fourth film of the ‘First Class’ era, the story will adapt the seminal Marvel Comics storyline ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’ in which Jean Grey is taken over by a dark cosmic entity that will tear her apart. In the process, the X-Men try to stop her from destroying the universe.
Set in 1992, the X-Men have become national heroes and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) starts sending his X-Men on increasingly dangerous missions until a space-bound rescue sees a powerful force strike the X-Jet, awakening a long-dormant power in Jean Grey (Sophie Turner).
Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Evan Peters co-star in the film which opens June 7th.