We’ve seen a few promotional images from Simon Kinberg’s upcoming sequel X-Men: Dark Phoenix, but a new set photo has teased the team’s new costumes, which have fans divided.
The leaked photo features our main cast of X-Men – Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Phoenix, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe/Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/ Nightcrawler, Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver, and franchise stars Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast and Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme/Mystique – and a team of astronauts on a soundstage, wearing matching uniforms that are reminiscent of Frank Quitely’s costume designs from his and Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run.
You can check out the leaked image below:
Quitley-ass looking X-Men in DARK PHOENIX pic.twitter.com/zpSL1X2sB4
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Personally, I love this look at the team in matching costumes, as the over-the-top 90s version of their costumes glimpsed in the finale of X-Men: Apocalypse didn’t seem to be the most practical for battle. It gives us a sense that this new squad really is a team of X-Men unlike any we’ve seen before, which the franchise desperately needs. As for the scene itself, we’ve seen this play out before both in the comics and the 90s animated series.
At the beginning of the Dark Phoenix Saga, the X-Men are tasked with rescuing a team of stranded astronauts in the first of what became many adventures in space for Marvel’s merry band of mutants. The team encounters serious complications during their return from space, which requires Jean to tap into an unknown power to save everyone on the mission. This power is later revealed to be the Phoenix Force which soon corrupts and takes over Jean Grey, becoming the Dark Phoenix. This behind-the-scenes pic is not only teasing the beginning of the Dark Phoenix Saga but also reveals how the film will be adhering to the established canon of the Dark Phoenix Saga, instead of the watered-down version we saw in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Where the film will go after this point remains to be seen, with the alien race known as the Sh’iar rumored to play a role, as Jessica Chastain was cast as an alien character first assumed to be Lilandra, though that hasn’t been confirmed. We’ll probably have to wait until the first trailer drops before we have a good idea of how this film plans to adapt one of the most iconic X-Men stories ever written.
What do you think of the team’s new costumes? Do you think they’ll keep the unified look throughout the film or branch off into solo costumes after the space mission is completed? Let us know in the comments section below and join the discussion on the GEEK FB!
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