As Dark Phoenix's June 7 release date nears, more information about the film continues to trickle in.
The newest sneak peek comes from Empire, revealing a picture of Jean Grey and Magneto at the famed X-Men comics' location, Genosha. The picture shows Jean and Magneto in similar stances, presumably using their individual powers to train as Jean seeks "much-needed advice" from the Master of Magnetism.
For longtime X-Men comics readers, the mention Genosha is as much an Easter egg as it is an alarm bell. While it was not a location featured in the original "Dark Phoenix Saga," its location holds much significance for Marvel's mutants. In the comics, Genosha is an island located near Madagascar, first appearing in in Chris Claremont and Rick Leonardi's Uncanny X-Men #235. The original story saw the X-Men arriving at the island, which boasted itself as a paradise free of political and economic tensions. However, there was a catch: Genosha enslaved mutants. In later years, the island would return to the comics, including in a storyline where the Genoshan government vowed to treat mutants better. Perhaps the most famous incarnation of Genosha, though, came from the period of time where Magneto was in charge, declaring the island a mutants-only nation. The Mutant Master of Magnetism declared Genosha to be a safe space for all mutantkind, housing sixteen million mutants.
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This small moment of peace, however, came to an end in New X-Men #114-116, when Cassandra Nova unleashed a hoard of Sentinels on an unknowing Genosha. The attacks reduced the once-proud mutant utopia into rubble, killing millions (including Kitty Pryde's father and Negasonic Teenage Warhead).
The legacy of Genosha has left a mark on several X-Men characters, including Emma Frost, a teacher whose entire school was murdered before her eyes. Magneto has never forgotten, either, often referencing the attacks as a turning point in his life.
In the movie incarnation, the island is described as "Magneto's mutant paradise -- a lush, green haven that he's built upon using metal junk he's summoned from the sea." It's here that a struggling Jean Grey will locate him in search of advice.
Director Simon Kinberg has eagerly awaited the chance to introduce the famous X-Men location to the cinematic universe, saying, "Genosha is something that I've always been fascinated by. It's sort of an Oz for mutants. As a Jew, its parallels to Israel and the notion of the promised land intrigued me even as a kid. I was looking in previous X-Men movies for a way to incorporate it. It was something I thought about for Apocalypse, but then went in a very different direction."
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.