X-Men: Dark Phoenix is rising from the ashes

September 28, 2018 - 4:29 PM
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Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner as Jean Grey in "X-Men: Dark Phoenix." (Poster released by 20th Century Fox)

The trailer to “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” has been released, sparking fans’ excitement for the string of much-awaited superhero movies set to come out in 2019 once again.

20th Century Fox on Thursday released the first official trailer to the much-awaited next chapter in the franchise based on Marvel Comics’ beloved group of super-powered mutants.

“Dark Phoenix” will finally introduce fan-favorite character Jean Grey a.k.a Phoenix, a young telepath who is also hosting an extremely powerful force.

Jean Grey is played by Sophie Turner, known for her role as Sansa Stark in the award-winning fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

The character was previously portrayed by Famke Jannsen in the first three X-Men movies, “X-Men,” “X2” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

The movie, set to premiere in February 2019, is expected to be an adaptation of the “Dark Phoenix Saga” comic book story arc, which shows how Jean Grey is both the X-Men’s most powerful asset and most dangerous internal threat.

“The Last Stand,” released in 2006 as the finale of the first trilogy of X-Men adaptations before the franchise was relaunched with change in majority of the cast, also used element from the “Dark Phoenix Saga”, but faithful X-Men fans of the comics have since disowned the movie.

Fans are excited to see the saga of the X-Men continue on the big screen.

This is the 12th movie in the X-Men movie franchise since “X-Men” premiered in 2000.

Numerous plot reboots and casting changes have confused casual viewers and loyal fans of the comics alike on how to follow the timeline of the long-running franchise.

The movie rights to the X-Men previously belonged exclusively to 20th Century Fox Studios until the production company was purchased by Disney, the same company that owns Marvel, in December 2017.

Some fans hope for a future movie that will finally reconcile the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline with the X-Men movie franchise and finally put Marvel Comics’ two most beloved super teams together on the big screen.

Another movie set in the X-Men universe, “New Mutants” is also set to be released in 2019.

If all goes as planned for Hollywood’s producers, a “record-breaking” 12 superhero movies are expected to come out in 2019, making it the biggest year for the world’s most in-demand blockbuster genre.