The upcoming cosmic-themed X-Men sequel Dark Phoenix has received a new poster to commemorate a recent real-life breakthrough in the world of astronomy.
The poster, which was posted to the official X-Men Movies Facebook page, features a dark, close-up shot of Sophie Turner's Jean Grey. The focal point of the image is her eye, which houses a black pupil partly surrounded by an orange, fire-like ring. The poster is accompanied by a caption that reads, "She's getting closer."
Of course, this representation of Jean's eye under the influence of the Phoenix Force bears a striking resemblance to the first-ever picture of a black hole -- a phenomenon long-believed to be unseeable -- which was recently acquired through use of the Event Horizon Telescope radio antenna network.
X-Men Movies' Facebook post confirmed this connection with the hashtag #EHTBlackHole.
Per The New York Times, the black hole is several billion times the size of our sun resides at the heart of the galaxy known as Messier 78, which is located roughly 55 million light-years away from Earth. The image of the proverbial portal to the unknown came to be thanks to the work of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, which is comprised of 200+ researchers from 60 institutes across 18 countries in 6 continents.
Prior to the poster being unveiled, the X-Men Movies Twitter page paid homage to the groundbreaking image in a more humorous way, once again calling attention to the fact that the orange ring surrounding the black hole evokes memories of the destructive cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force.
Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain. The film is scheduled to be released on June 7.