X-Men Dark Phoenix movie is set to be released on the 7th June 2019
In new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix, Sophie Turner takes centre stage as Jean Grey
The latest X-Men movie is set to be released on the 7th June 2019 in the UK and the USA – but it's been quite a journey for it to arrive at its release date.
Originally, the film was scheduled to be released on 2nd November 2018, but was pushed back to February 14th the following year instead.
However, shortly after debuting the movie's first trailer with the Valentine's Day release date Fox pushed the movie AGAIN to its current date, making some fans a bit nervous about its future. For now, at least, it seems locked in for June.
There are a few actually – and the second official trailer actually reveals a pretty big spoiler from the film about the death of a major character, which we won't mention here in case you've managed to avoid it so far.
The first international trailer also gives away this plot point.
The initial footage gave away far fewer details, and is soundtracked to The Doors' This is the End, hinting at Dark Phoenix's status as the final chapter in the X-Men saga.
What's the Dark Phoenix story?
Based on Chris Claremont's iconic X-Men run of the 1980s (specifically The Dark Phoenix Saga), the new X-Men film sees the team of mutants forced to face one of their own when powerful telekinetic and telepath Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) is possessed by a powerful extra-terrestrial force.
Manipulated by a mysterious figure (played by Jessica Chastain) with illusion abilities and turning against her friends, Jean ends up becoming a super-powered menace that even murders one of her own friends, and it's up to the X-Men to bring her round or take her down before it's too late.
Who stars in Dark Phoenix?
Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner takes the lead role after previously playing Jean Grey in 2016's X-Men Apocalypse, with her fellow trainee X-Men from that movie – Tye Sheridan's Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp's Storm and Kodi Smit-McPhee's Nightcrawler – also rejoining the saga.
Dark Phoenix will also see the return of the X-Men actors who've starred in the franchise since 2011's X-Men: First Class, including James McAvoy's Professor X, Michael Fassbender's Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique and Nicholas Hoult's Beast.
Evan Peters, who made his debut as super-fast mutant Quicksilver in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, is also set to return, with series newbie Chastain rounding out the group.
What does the Disney/Fox deal mean for Dark Phoenix?
As you may have heard, Disney are currently in the process of acquiring 20th Century Fox, the studios that owns the X-Men brand and makes the movies.
Given that Disney also owns and creates the popular Marvel superhero movies, fans have been excited that the deal means the X-Men could join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, interacting with Spider-Man, Thor et al onscreen as they do in the Marvel comics (Marvel comics sold the rights to the X-Men long before they started to build their own studio empire).
The downside to this, if it happens? It probably means waving goodbye to the versions of the characters that have existed over the last eight years, with rebooted, new versions of the X-Men introduced into the Marvel universe if they do end up taking this path (notably, it's what they did when adding Spider-man, who belongs to ANOTHER separate studio, into the fold).
All of which is to say that X-Men: Dark Phoenix could be the last X-Men movie as we know them. Assuming Jean leaves any of our heroes standing anyway…