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Dark Phoenix: Stunning Chinese Poster Embraces Its Mythic Roots

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A new poster promoting the Chinese released of 20th Century Fox's upcoming X-Men sequel Dark Phoenix has found its way online. The stunning poster reimagines Jean Grey, the titular Phoenix, in a style highly evocative of traditional Chinese artwork.

Jean, who is dressed in traditional Chinese garb, seemingly takes flight in the poster. She is surrounded by vibrant scenery, which includes fire, water, mountains and even a stylized X-Men logo. The mutant is also joined by a Fenghuang, a mythical bird found in East Asian mythology that is typically referred to as the "Chinese Phoenix" in the West.

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The poster, which was first posted by several China-based Twitter users including C-Drama Tweets, account also carries Dark Phoenix's Chinese release date, June 6, which is one day before the U.S. release.

As longtime Marvel fans are well aware, the classic X-Men tale that Dark Phoenix is one that borrows heavily from mythology.

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The film revolves around Jean being possessed by the ancient cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force. Of course, the Phoenix Force takes its cues from the Phoenix, a mystical bird originating from Greek mythology that goes up in flames upon its death and is reborn from its own ashes.

Directed and written by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Evan Peters as Quicksilver and Jessica Chastain. The film arrives in theaters June 7.

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