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First Photos Arrive For X-Men: Dark Phoenix

First Photos Arrive For X-Men: Dark Phoenix

The first image from the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been released. Here is your very first look at Sophie Turner as the Omega-level powerful Phoenix. "Overall visual effects, scale of action and spectacle, it's probably the biggest we've done but much more in the service of these characters and their conflict than for scale sake". It was something of a surprise that Lawrence, McAvoy, Fassbender, and Hoult all returned for Dark Phoenix, since their contracts expired after Apocalypse.

Yes, Fox and Simon Kinberg's space-faring tentpole is still a long way away (November 2nd), but thanks to Entertainment Weekly's ongoing coverage, we now have an early peek at what is surely one of the most enticing blockbusters of 2018. Lamar Johnson of The Next Step has joined the cast in a mystery role and the mutant Dazzler will reportedly play a part in the film.

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The Skrulls played a minor role in the original "Dark Phoenix Saga" comics story, and their inclusion in the film would raise eyebrows, particularly considering the aliens will be the antagonists for Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel in 2019.

She's Sansa Stark no more! A "major twist" occurs halfway through the film, and indeed here we see a funeral attended by Charles (James McAvoy), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPHee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp), so who dies?

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When it was announced that Oscar-nominated actress would play a villain in the flick, many assumed it would be Shi'ar Empress Lilandra Neramani because that character factors heavily into the Dark Phoenix comic storyline. Sure they can kick ass, but let's make sure they always feel like real people, as Logan did.

Writer-director Simon Kinberg did not fully specify exactly how far the film will go in depicting what happens next, but that is true to what happens in the comic. That earliest 2006 effort also featured the Dark Phoenix to disconcerting results for fans, but Kinberg has expressed a desire to take a second crack at the material. In addition to the X-Men movies he wrote, he also has produced genre favorites like The Martian, Deadpool, and Logan. He will also produce alongside Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker.

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