Warning: There are potential spoilers ahead for “Dark Phoenix.”
The first teaser trailer for the next “X-Men” movie is here and it teases the death of a character.
A funeral scene in the “Dark Phoenix” trailer has fans wondering if one of the beloved X-Men is getting axed and many already have a pretty good guess at who it may be.
It’s pretty unanimous that the fandom believes Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Mystique/Raven, is getting killed off.
Just saw the trailer of #DarkPhoenix and there's a funeral scene…if Mystique dies then im out
— mσníníσnѕ???? (@Moniquebfb) September 27, 2018
Mystique dies, I’m calling it. The trailer has a sad funeral scene that she isn’t at. She is also not explicitly shown at the end of DoFP, WHY DO I CARE? Also, why do their uniforms look so stupid?#DarkPhoenix #BadSansa
— Mostly Unenthused Katara (@AngryKatara) September 27, 2018
Why Jennifer Lawrence?
Well, there are a bunch of characters who can be ruled out based on the trailer. Charles, Nightcrawler, and Hank/Beast are all seen at the funeral. These are all characters who are extremely close with Raven.
As well, Lawrence’s “X-Men” deal ended with 2016’s “Apocalypse.” The actress told EW she was done with being painted blue and only signed on to do “Dark Phoenix” because her friend and franchise writer and producer Simon Kinberg would be directing.
“I kind of f-ed myself,” Lawrence told EW. “Because when I was trying to talk Simon into directing, he said something like, ‘If I direct it, you have to do it,’ and I was like, ‘Of course! Duh!’ Then they offered me the movie, and I was like, ‘Goddammit!'”
The actress also told Digital Spy in 2017 she wanted to close the loop of her character, otherwise it would be 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 said. “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.”
Could the funeral be for another character?
Sure. Fans noted that Evan Peters’ character wasn’t seen in the funeral scene either in the trailer.
— Too many Ships ???????? (@winduzam) September 27, 2018
But it doesn’t seem like anyone would want his fan-favourite character of Quicksilver out of the picture.
THE FUNERAL SCENE ON DARK PHOENIX IT BETTER NOT BE ABOUT PETER'S DEATH OR I SWEAR pic.twitter.com/iZaourVmeC
— ?? (@unchaghosts) September 25, 2018
How could Raven die?
According to the official movie synopsis, Jean Grey’s powers get out of control after she’s nearly killed in space. Yup. Space.
We’re guessing that when Jean’s powers become so unwieldy she accidentally kills Mystique.
And it’s likely Raven’s death will cause a larger rift between Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and his frenemy Magneto (Michael Fassbender), which is teased in the trailer.
“Dark Phoenix” is in theatres February 14, 2019.
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