Fans of X-Men might not be too happy about the latest trailer for the upcoming X Men: Dark Phoenix film, as its high-octane visuals give away a huge spoiler from the movie, which almost makes it seem pointless going to watch it.
The trailer shows Jean Grey – played by Sophie Turner – possessed by the cosmic Phoenix force, a powerful alien that can take over people’s minds using its telekinetic abilities.
Naturally, she begins to turn on her X-Men family, crushing Magneto – played by Michael Fassbender – within his helmet, casually lifting up a train and causing general carnage.
But all of that pales in comparison to a shot which see’s her killing longtime character Mystique, who has been played by Jennifer Lawrence since 2011.
Despite facing backlash online from fans over his decision to place such a big spoiler in the trailer, writer and director Simon Kinberg had defended his decision.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he explained: “Well, the thought process behind that was to primarily show that this is a movie that is unlike other X-Men movies.
“It’s a movie where shocking things happen, where intense, dramatic things happen. People don’t just fall off buildings and dust themselves off and walk away.”
Kinberg added: “There’s a reality to this movie and a consequence to this movie. Even more than that, it was to show that Jean/Dark Phoenix is genuinely a threat to everyone, including the X-Men.”
He explained why Mystique had to die: “Mystique’s death is the thing that fractures the family of the X-Men, including Magneto [Michael Fassbender], and sets people who were friends on opposite sides, and people who were enemies become allies.”
And it turns out that it wasn’t all that easy killing off the stunner, who also happened to be good friends with the director.
He continued: “I was obviously sad about it, as Jen’s a friend, and also as a fan of Jen as an actress. But I felt it was the strongest, most dramatic thing for the movie, and sometimes you have to make those kinds of hard decisions to service the larger story. And the larger story really is Jean cracking up, losing control because she’s more powerful than anyone else in the world.
“To dramatize that properly, you have to show real loss, you have to show real pain and show real threat and menace. I didn’t want to do that by her blowing up a building with anonymous people in it. It had to feel really personal for the X-Men, and I wanted it to be something that would fracture the X-Men as well.
“Mystique is someone who in our universe has been part of the X-Men and has been part of Magneto’s world. Her death impacts literally everybody.”
And after that, fans probably wouldn’t be surprised if there were any more unexpected losses.
Asked if there would be any other shock losses, Kinberg confirmed: “There are certainly other major casualties in this.”
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