20th Century Fox debuted a second trailer for the long-awaited (and presumably final) installment its X-Men franchise, Dark Phoenix.
Directed by Simon Kinberg, the film reunites James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, and others to bring the Dark Phoenix storyline to the big screen for the second time. The story is widely considered to be one of the greatest storylines in the X-Men comics franchise, in which mutant Jean Grey is exposed to radiation, which boost her powers.
The film is the sequel to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse and the final in Fox’s run with the intellectual property, The Dark Phoenix storyline was originally covered in Brett Ratner’s 2006 film X-Men: Last Stand, but was widely regarded as the worst in the franchise.
After the franchise’s timeline was reset with 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fox had an opportunity to give the story another chance.
Dark Phoenix has had a very long and troubled production. Filming began in 2017 in hopes of the film being released in theatres in March 2018, only to get pushed back to February 2019, and again to June 2019, after test screenings prompted numerous reshoots. With more test screenings suggesting the film is “underwhelming”, it’s more likely than not that the X-Men tenure at Fox ends with a whimper.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix arrives on June 7th, 2019.