If there has been a more polarizing, scrutinized, and discussed film than Dark Phoenix recently, they can be counted on one hand. The film, starring Game of Thrones Sophie Turner has taken a beating for months although it will not see its premier until June 7th. In fact, the Fox/Marvel project has been met with some of the most negative critiques since, the 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse.
However, with its appearance at WonderCon 2019, the preview shown was met with nothing but a positive response as a 10-minute sequence from the first act of Dark Phoenix was shown. After its completion the audience in attendance showed its appreciation for what they saw and for the promise it brings. Here is the clip’s description as reported by Deadline: (Spoilers Warning)
The scene begins with the X-Men — Jean Gray (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), and team leader Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) — embarking on a desperate rescue mission in space. Professor X (James McAvoy) is in communication with the team and with NASA as well and reveals the details of the crisis. A disabled shuttle and its crew are in the path of a solar flare, time is short. Mystique crisply directs the team into action — as Beast pilots, Cyclops slides down into a one-man turret on the belly of the Blackbird jet and uses his power blasts to steady the shuttle. Storm uses her power to contain its escaping air. Nightcrawler and Quicksilver teleport to the craft and retrieve the crew. But there’s a problem — one astronaut is still missing.
The solar flare is approaching and Professor X and Mystique debate the wisdom of going back for the remaining astronaut. In the end, a frustrated Mystique relents. Nightcrawler and Jean go aboard the shuttle. Jean uses her power to hold the blistering and disintegrating hull intact while Nightcrawler finds the crewman. The flare hits. Nigtcrawler and the astronaut make it back to the Blackbird but Jean does not. Instead she absorbs the flare in dramatic fashion. The X-Men think she’s dead when they bring Jean back aboard but she is seemingly uninjured. The X-Men are greeted as heroes back on earth by a grateful nation and adoring youngsters with blue face make-up and action figures. Back at the mansion headquarters of the team, Quicksilver boasts about his exploits in space, Beast begins medical tests for Jean and tension simmers between Professor X and Mystique. She ends their terse exchange by pointing out that the men on the team aren’t the one who do most of the risk-taking in the field. “You might want to think about changing the name to X-Women.”
That “X-Women” line drew a hearty applause from the audience as is only natural as the X-Men have historically had some of the strongest women characters with Mystique, Storm, and [Dark]Phoenix. Does the positive reaction to the clip shown give you hope that Dark Phoenix will revive the X-Men brand and give Marvel as reason to keep it in their future plans? Share your thoughts with us at GVNation and stay tuned for other WonderCon 2019 news.
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