New Dark Phoenix Clip Suggests Changing the Team’s Name to X-Women
In a brand new clip from Dark Phoenix, Jennifer Lawrence’s Raven (really better known as Mystique) gives Professor X (James McAvoy) a piece of her mind. The moment takes place directly after the space rescue mission that the Professor sends the X-Men on to save some stranded astronauts. A strange cosmic accident occurs during the mission, and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) comes into contact with a stellar force that imbues her with massive new powers. Jean survives—and saves the rest of the X-Men crew in the process. Back on Earth, Professor X is in a celebratory mood. The President of the United States has called to congratulate the X-Men on saving the astronauts. The Professor cancels classes for his mutant school children for the rest of the day so they can all bask in the success of the mission. Everything’s going great! But of course, it’s not. At this point in the story, no one is aware of just how much the space mission will come back to haunt the X-Men—no one but Raven.
The clip shows Raven confronting Professor X about the increasingly dangerous missions he’s sending the X-Men on. When they begin to bicker, Raven has the mic drop moment many of us have been waiting years for. “By the way, the women are always saving the men around here. You might want to consider changing the name to the X-Women.”
Yes. A thousand times, yes.
Check out the clip here:
Co-writer and director Simon Kinberg, who has been with the franchise from the very beginning, has probably been waiting to bust out that line for a long time. In fact, it was his decision to drop X-Men from the title altogether. Dark Phoenix is, sadly, the last X-Men movie (what Disney does with the venerable super mutant team is still TBD). The focus is primarily on Jean Grey going from reluctant, young X-Men member to potentially the biggest threat to mutant or humankind the world has known. If and when she breaks bad, who will save the X-Men this time?
You’ll find out soon enough. Dark Phoenix opens wide on Friday, June 7.
For more of our Dark Phoenix coverage, check out our interview with makeup department head Annick Chartier.
Featured image: Sophie Turner and Jessica Chastain in Twentieth Century Fox’s DARK PHOENIX. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.