Sophie Turner in 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'

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Writer-director Simon Kinberg explains that Xavier puts the team on more and more risky missions, culminating in a space rescue mission gone awry, where a solar flare awakens Jean Grey (Sophie Turner's) dark inner force, the Phoenix. The fiery Phoenix will take possession of Turner's Jean Grey and will corrupt her and turn against the team. "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" arrives in theaters November 2, 2018. Actor James McAvoy describes it as the "most emotional X-Men we've done".

The Dark Phoenix saga follows telepath Jean's battle with her own mind. Turner's onscreen Game of Thrones sister, Maisie Williams, plays a role in X-Men: Mutants, which will also be released in 2018.

Navigating the dual role was a challenge for Turner, who told EW she studied the ways mental differences manifest themselves to best portray the turmoil within Jean.

"[Mystique] has grown up a lot", states Jennifer Lawrence. The Last Stand tried to use a resurrected Jean Grey (then played by Famke Janssen) as the Dark Phoenix who was being manipulated by Magneto (then played by Ian McKellen).

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"This season is more of a passionate fight for her rather than a political, manipulative kind of fight". The main "young mutants" introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse are also back: Sophie Turner as the titular Jean Grey/Phoenix, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. Now, the X-Men are national heroes instead of secret pariahs, and they have to grapple with their newfound spotlight.

When it was announced that Oscar-nominated actress would play a villain in the flick, many assumed it would be Shi'ar Empress Lilandra Neramani because that character factors heavily into the Dark Phoenix comic storyline.

Kinberg, for his part, finds Dark Phoenix to be a personal story for an entirely different reason.

Writer-director Simon Kinberg did not fully specify exactly how far the film will go in depicting what happens next, but that is true to what happens in the comic. "It was unrecognizable. Everything was on time. Everything was organised. These movies have always been fun amidst chaos, and now they were fun with no chaos".