If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. The X-Men film series is adopting this mantra with Dark Phoenix, as the last attempt to adapt the classic Dark Phoenix Saga storyline, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, was not well-received among fans. The first Dark Phoenix footage was released to the public back in September, but since the movie was delayed shortly thereafter, that gives 20th Century Fox extra time to promote the seventh main X-Men installment, and now you can watch a brand-new trailer for it below.
Set in 1992, nearly a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix sees Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey losing control of her Phoenix abilities after being hit by a solar flare while on a rescue mission with the X-Men in outer space. Her subsequent turn to darkness will drive a wedge in the mutant superhero team and those closely associated with them, as they have differing views on how to stop Jean before she becomes too powerful. Making matters worse, an alien shapeshifter, played by Jessica Chastain, is manipulating Jean for her own purposes.
For more than a year, we’ve been promised that Dark Phoenix would feature a major death, and surprisingly, this latest trailer seems to give it away: Mystique (just as I suspected). As the X-Men come find Jean in a town where she’s caused some damaged, the shapeshifting mutant tries to calm her pupil down and bring her back to the light. But it isn’t enough, and Jean telekinetically propels Mystique back. There’s a slim chance that this is just a classic case of trailer misdirection, but given that Jean says Mystique “was” her friend and we see the funeral later on, it appears that Raven Darkholme’s story in this new X-Men timeline is over.