To promote Dark Phoenix, 20th Century Fox's Chinese branch has purportedly put a new poster teasing a fictitious crossover between Fox's upcoming X-Men film and the studio's recently-released manga-based sci-fi epic Alita: Battle Angel.
Posted to Twitter user @gavinfeng97 -- who tracks Chinese film and box office news -- shared the poster to the platform, claiming that it is, in fact, an official release from Fox China.
This poster is an edited version of the one featuring a silhouetted Jean Grey against a cosmic backdrop originally created exclusively for Dark Phoenix. As Jean's form becomes more and more transparent, a silhouetted Alita can clearly be seen standing on a pile of rubble and pointing her blade towards the sky.
Further down, Chinese text can be seen, which roughly translates to, "Phoenix will now look forward to a battle." Just below that is the official Chinese logo for Alita: Battle Angel.
Of course, the chances of a legitimate crossover between Dark Phoenix and Alita: Battle Angel being in the works are non-existent. However, given Alita's record-breaking box office success in China, it makes sense for Fox to try to connect the two films in audiences' minds.
Still, one has to wonder how Alita might survive a battle with the almighty cosmic might of 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 opens on June 7.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Alita: Battle Angel stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lana Condor and Eiza González. The film is in theaters now.