Combined, they confirm speculation from May that “X-Men” has been dropped from the title of director Simon Kinberg’s sequel, with the franchise name represented only by a stylized “X.” The poster of course depicts star Sophie Turner as Jean Grey in silhouette against a backdrop of stars and fire — the latter forming a second “X.”
The synopsis lays out an unsurprising premise, considering what we know already about the film, and its comic book influence, the seminal X-Men storyline “The Dark Phoenix Saga”:
In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.
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 Feb. 14, 2019.
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