In addition to the beauty of the visual effects, James McAvoy has called Dark Phoenix, "the most emotional X-Men we've done and the most pathos-driven", which makes for an interesting balance and may ease the minds of fans who worry about tackling the Dark Phoenix on the big screen.
Firstly, I think it was awful idea to keep doing the 10-year jump between films that began after the 1960s based X-Men: First Class. The film in question is X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is being directed by long-time X-Men producer and scribe, Simon Kinberg. As it turns out, the story is fairly similar to how it happened in comic books, involving a jaunt into space and some heavy solar flares.
While her power grows immensely through these years, director Kinberg reveals that its Charles Xavier's growing ego that brings her in contact with her destiny.
The result is the team's first trip into space where a mission gone awry awakens none other than, you guessed it, The Phoenix Force within Sophie Turner's Jean Grey. Last I checked, Lawrence's Mystique is the only one whose shapeshifting mutant gifts keep up her youthful appearance. Also in the cast are returnees James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp. Kinberg also wrote the script, and this follow-up adapts the famous Dark Phoenix Saga comics arc, which Kinberg first took a crack at in X-Men: The Last Stand.
That being said, I'm already liking the fact that we're seemingly done rehashing the same old "persecuted mutants" angle that has been in almost every film. The 2018 release, which watches most actors returning and reprising their previous X-Men role, just dropped a handful of first looks loaded with a few spoilers. Now, the X-Men are national heroes instead of secret pariahs, and they have to grapple with their newfound spotlight.
20 Century Fox describes Dark Phoenix as the "most sinister and somber" movie in the X-Men franchise teasing a huge twist midway through the movie which will "change the course of the franchise".