- Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for “Dark Phoenix.”
- The latest “X-Men” movie, “Dark Phoenix,” is in theatres and the movie wastes little time killing off one of its main characters.
- The moment should pack a huge punch. But if you’ve been watching trailers for the film, the moment was pretty much spoiled months ago.
- Director and screenwriter Simon Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly in February he wanted fans to make sure they knew Jean was a “threat to everyone.”
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At the start of “Dark Phoenix,” Jean Grey (played by Sophie Turner) gets overtaken by a cosmic force which unleashes a dark power within her. Unable to control it, Jean accidentally winds up killing fellow X-Men Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).
The moment may have come as a big surprise. However, if you’ve been watching all of the trailers leading up to the film’s release, you may have been bummed that a teaser gave away the huge death months ago.
The trailer opened with a visibly upset Jean crying, and asking aloud, “Why did you make me do that? She was my friend.” We then cut to an enraged Jean flinging Mystique off screen. Before we can see where she lands, the camera cuts to black.
Mystique’s death wasn’t absolute in the trailer. No one ever actually sees her dead. But a funeral scene with her visibly missing suggested to fans that she was most likely the character who met an early demise.
Director and writer Simon Kinberg confirmed to Entertainment Weekly in February that Mystique was indeed dead months ahead of the film’s release.
Why spoil such a huge moment?
“The thought process behind that was to primarily show that this is a movie that is unlike other X-Men movies,” Kinberg told EW. “It’s a movie where shocking things happen, where intense, dramatic things happen. People don’t just fall off buildings and dust themselves off and walk away… Even more than that, it was to show that Jean/Dark Phoenix is genuinely a threat to everyone, including the X-Men.”
There’s another reason Mystique’s death in the film shouldn’t have come as a huge surprise. Lawrence’s contract with the “X-Men” movies officially ended with 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
The star simply appeared in this film as a favour to her friend Kinberg and in order to close out her character’s story so it wasn’t confusing for fans.
“My contract was up, I didn’t have to do another one, but if I didn’t do another one, what would her story be?” Lawrence told Digital Spy in 2017. “I felt like I owed it to the fans, and I owed it to the character to follow her journey, to be fair to the movies.”
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