The speculation for [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) is fierce, and with Bryan Singer promising a "rebirth" of the X-Men in this film, it's easy to see why fans are excited. The trailer dropped many plot hints, but there's still a lot to be gleaned from the footage.
And it looks like we may have missed this crucial clue about Jean Grey: Comicbook have speculated that X-Men: Apocalypse might finally do the Dark Phoenix plot-line justice. But what proof do we have for this? Check out the trailer, and see if you can catch the hints...
Jean's story definitely seems to take a compelling turn in Apocalypse: we're returning to a time when she was younger, and less in control of her powers. As the trailer begins, it seems Jean is plagued by visions of a dark future.
"I saw the end of the world. I could feel all this... death."
Although Xavier assures her it was just a dream, we know her visions are probably somewhat prophetic seeing as the movie is called Apocalypse. But is seeing the future the only part Jean will play? According to this theory, she's got a darker destiny...
Rise Of The Dark Phoenix
The Dark Phoenix is a plot-line from the X-Men comics in which Jean Grey, bonded with the cosmic Phoenix Force, reaches her full power potential and goes kinda... power mad.
This isn't really her fault. She and Professor X had set up psychic barriers to prevent her powers from getting out of control, triggered by an emotional response. But the raw strength of the Phoenix Force breaks down these barriers. A bunch of stuff happens, and Jean goes a bit bad for a while, eventually regaining control and sacrificing herself to protect Cyclops and her friends. Yeesh.
The 'Dark Phoenix Saga' comic is very popular, so there's little doubt that fans want to see it realized on the big screen. But is X-Men: Apocalypse really the best time to unleash the Dark Phoenix? Let's take a look at the hints we have.
In their theory, Comicbook use the first shot of the trailer as proof...
Most people (myself included) assumed this is Apocalypse walking ominously towards Cerebro. But as Bryan Singer revealed to Empire, this is Jean Grey.
"That’s actually Jean. Her hair makes her a little strange looking! But I don’t want to explain why she’s doing what she’s doing…"
It seems very unlikely that Bryan Singer will introduce the Phoenix Force in X-Men: Apocalypse: this is too big of a plot-line to cram into a film about Apocalypse, and the X-Men would also have to visit space in order to encounter the being. However, the pure power of Cerebro could have a similar effect on Jean, triggering an extreme emotional response as Cerebro channels the power of all mutants.
This actually makes a lot of sense. Also, Dark Phoenix is such a good plot that it'd be a shame not to include the story in the X-Men movie saga. Except wait... didn't this already happen?
Yeah, 'Last Stand' Was A Thing
Ah, X-Men: Last Stand. The movie fans hated so much Bryan Singer retconned it out of existence in Days Of Future Past. But though the timeline has changed in the X-Men universe, unfortunately Last Stand still exists in ours. Which means we've already seen a version of the Dark Phoenix plot line onscreen.
Last Stand didn't really do the Dark Phoenix story justice and actually didn't use the Phoenix Force at all. After Jean sacrificed herself to save the team in X2, she came back in Last Stand a lot more powerful and a lot more unhinged. We didn't really get a reason for why she turned bad, other than the fact that she felt kinda pissed at Professor X for imposing limits on her. And she accidentally killed her boyfriend. But that's pretty much it.
So, Dark Phoenix In 'Apocalypse'?
It could be that Bryan Singer wants to do the Dark Phoenix story justice, but it seems like Apocalypse might not be the right time to do this. Jean Grey is just being re-introduced, and it wouldn't really make sense for her to go dark so quickly. It's likely that Singer will use Apocalypse to build up Jean's powers, as he revealed to Empire.
"She has a special connection with the psychic world and she has enormous untapped power that’s growing."
That's not to say we won't see Jean Grey embrace some of the immense power the Phoenix Force helped her unleash. She is, after all, one of Marvel's most powerful superheroes. Here's hoping Bryan Singer will give us a compelling Jean Grey origin story in X-Men: Apocalypse, while we all try to collectively forget Last Stand.