X-Men: Dark Phoenix director reveals big spoiler from new trailer

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The latest X-Men: Dark Phoenix trailer dropped last night during The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with special guest Jessica Chastain. It was an intense trailer with Jean Grey, aka the Dark Phoenix, doing a whole lot of damage. How much damage are we talking about? Enough to cause the X-Men team to tremble in fear. Now we have director Simon Kinberg revealing a major spoiler, so don’t read any further if you want to be surprised.

If you’ve seen the trailer, you know that Mystique is trying to talk some sense into Jean Grey. However, that ends in her getting attacked and pushed back. In a typical superhero movie, the character would usually stand up, albeit a bit injured, and come back to fight another day. Well, not in this film. Mystique gets pushed back to the ground and stays on the ground. Kinberg explains why he revealed Mystique’s death in the trailer, and it’s to show that the movie is going to be shocking.

“Well, the thought process behind that was to primarily show that this is a movie that is unlike other X-Men movies,” Kinberg told EW. “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. 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.”

Yes, Kinberg definitely wants X-Men: Dark Phoenix to stand out from the other X-Men films and based on the trailer, Jean Grey is definitely a force to be reckoned with. He even had a tough time writing her character off like that.

“I had a lot of emotions about it,” Kinberg said. “I was obviously sad about it, as Jen’s 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.”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters on June 7, 2019.

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