Dark Phoenix: This Is How Jean Grey Becomes the Phoenix

Fox brought the next X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, to New York Comic-Con  to show off new footage, and writer-director Simon Kinberg, stars Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan, and producer Hutch Parker were also on hand to discuss the film.

The team debuted a 14-minute sequence from Dark Phoenix which shows the X-Men’s trip to space and how Turner’s Jean Grey becomes the Phoenix. Spoilers for the scene follow, but note that it takes place early in the film.

Check out the first trailer for Dark Phoenix below, and keep reading for a breakdown of the footage:

The sequence began with a space shuttle launch — don’t forget, this film is set in the 1990s. But there’s some kind of mysterious disturbance on NASA’s monitors, and the shuttle crew loses communication with Mission Control. They’re in danger, and back at the X-Mansion Professor Xavier and Beast are watching the news of the space accident. Xavier asks if the upgraded X-Jet can make it up to space, and Beast discourages this notion. But then the president himself calls — there’s an X-Phone in the Oval Office! A black phone with a big X on it! — and the decision is made to attempt a rescue.

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