X-MEN SEQUEL RISES FROM THE ASHES

A new trailer for 20th Century Fox latest (and likely last) X-Men film, monikered Dark Phoenix, has been released.

It’s not the first time we have met this iteration of the Jean Grey character, first being introduced in the 2006 trilogy capper X-Men: The Last Stand.

This promises a new take on the apparent alien/mutant hybrid, albeit with less Wolverine to stand between wanton destruction and the safety of mankind.

Set 10 years after the events of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, the team of mutants are sent on a rescue mission to space, where Jean is struck by a cosmic force. Combined with her own powerful mutant abilities, she becomes Dark Phoenix, a weapon to be used by an invading alien army to obliterate mankind.

Directed by Simon Kinberg, the screenwriter for previous X-Men instalments, the film brings back the main ensemble cast including Sophie Turner in the title role, James McAvoy (Professor Xavier), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and new cast member Jessica Chastain as the mysterious villain, known, so far, only as Smith.

After having its release date pushed back twice, it now looks like we are finally going to have the chance to see how the team deal with having one of their own become a malevolent force of unimaginable power hellbent on destroying both man and mutant-kind.

We’ll find out when ‘Dark Phoenix’ is released in UK cinemas on the 7th June.

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