Over the past 18 years, X-Men movies have been a constant thing for comic book fans. Since the beginning of this millennium, 9 movies for the franchise have been made, 11 if you include Deadpool and Deadpool 2, which you should. And it's been three long months since Deadpool 2, so fans were more than happy to get their X-Men fix with the first trailer for the newest installment, Dark Phoenix. The X-Men: Dark Phoenix trailer gives Sophie Turner the superpowers she deserves (and that her Game of Thrones character Sansa really should have).
The trailer premiered Wednesday, Sept 26, on The Late Late Show With James Corden, on which Turner was a guest, and quickly reached fans all over the world online. The trailer features a lot of information, but it all revolves around Jean Grey, played by Turner. It starts at the beginning, with Jean as a young girl, coming to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and asking "Do you think you can fix me?" Fans of the comics or of the three early 2000s X-Men films know what little Grey is talking about. Jean is plagued by intense powers that she cannot fully control. Telepathic and telekinetic, Jean is the most powerful of all the X-Men, but she also has the least control.
Based on the Dark Phoenix trailer, it looks like fans are really going to see Sophie Turner in a brand new light. Of course, Turner is known for her role as Sansa Stark, and while Sansa is not one to be messed with, it can be hard to watch her have to suffer through injustices (and violence) without lashing out like we know she should. In Dark Phoenix, however, Turner's character doesn't just lash out, she fights back, often in very destructive and dangerous ways. As Jean Grey, Turner is going full superhero (or super villain as the case may be), ultimately coming into this tremendous strength that is causing great havoc to those around her.
The description under the trailer on YouTube states that all the events are sort of kickstarted by a space mission that results in a "mysterious cosmic force" almost killing Jean Grey. Comic book fans will know that this is a nod to the Phoenix Force, a totally conscious entity that takes physical form in Jean Grey herself, going "dark," in The Dark Phoenix Saga comics. However, it's still unclear how closely the movie will follow the comics.
The trailer also suggests an alternative theory as to how this Dark Phoenix is born. In the clip, it is made clear that Professor X is trying to help Jean by using his powers to contain her mind so that she doesn't lose control. "The mind is a fragile thing," he's heard saying. "It takes only the slightest tap to tip it in the wrong direction." This is reminiscent of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), in which Professor Xavier, then played by Sir Patrick Stewart, explained how he created psychic barriers in Jean's mind to keep her immense powers at bay. She's an Omega-level mutant, or Class Five as Professor X says, and the most powerful one he's ever seen. In that film, this tactic resulted in a double personality, making the darker powers deep in her mind take control once unleashed. But, after the events of X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014), that timeline was completely erased. In other words, this Jean Grey, now played by Turner, isn't destined to live through that timeline. Unfortunately, in Dark Phoenix, it seems like the corruption of Jean Grey is actually starting sooner.
The Last Stand ended with Jean Grey's death at the hands of Wolverine. Her powers had taken her to the point of no return. Hopefully this Jean Grey will have a happier ending. Either way, fans of Turner can look forward to seeing her become the super-powered woman she's always deserved to be.