The X-Men are about to tackle the Dark Phoenix storyline… again. Ready or not, X-Men will be coming back with the story we’ve seen a few times. But will this finally be the best version it can be? Before we get too ahead of ourselves, we have our first images of the film and frankly, it looks stunning.

Entertainment Weekly released the first official images of the film and it is a sight. We learn from some concept art that Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and the other X-Men will journey into space for the first time in the franchise. And that’s when it all changes for Grey, who had previously unleashed her powers in X-Men: Apocalypse. When in space, they were trying to save some astronauts when solar flares hit their shuttle. Director Simon Kinberg elaborated.

Jean absorbs those solar flares and then hurls them back out into space. That’s what triggers, awakens, creates this Phoenix force and voice inside her. What appears to the world to be another heroic victory by the X-Men in saving stranded people in space we realize is the the thing that begins the unraveling of Jean and the unraveling of secrets Charles told her.

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Because of this moment, Jean will not only battle those trying to control her but she’ll have to battle herself. Turner, who studied multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia in order to shape her performance, elaborated on just how broken Jean Grey will be. 

So many scenes I have to go from broken-down Jean — that’s when she’s most susceptible to Phoenix infiltrating her — to this confident, arrogant, judgmental character within milliseconds.

The film will be based partially on the famous Chris Claremont run, though it should be more influenced in honesty. One can only hope that they will bring justice to the story and be able to truly explore Jean Grey’s state. The animated series adaption was regarded well, but Fox’s last attempt at her story well down a garbage shute. 

Check out the images below and let us know what you think! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl for more X-Men news! Dark Phoenix comes to theaters November 2, 2018.

Concept Art