Those who were anxiously awaiting the first trailer for Dark Phoenix, the trailer dropped last night. For the rest of us, we’re all sitting around waiting for the long lists of people wondering why X-Men has been dropped from the title.
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.
Well, I know the X-Men universe is all over the pace with tales taking place in the future and the past and multiple versions of characters running around depending on which X-Men universe you are in, and sure, it can be pretty confusing, but by itself, I really like what I’m seeing in this trailer. I’m actually quite the fan of the First Class universe, and am looking to see where the franchise wants to go next.
So, why no X-Men in the title, when it is clear there are X-Men running all over this movie? While no official statement has been made, it could be one of two things. First, look at the success of Logan, a very personal, character-driven film about Wolverine’s final adventure. Second, after X-Men: Apocalypse, the studios may want to distance themselves away from the title. Of course, there’s always that whole Disney/20th Century Fox merger that may also have something to do with it, but that is a bit of a stretch.
Dark Phoenix is scheduled to arrive on February 14, 2019.