Entertainment Weekly released the cover of its December 15/22 "First Look Issue" Thursday, giving fans their first look at Turner in 20th Century Fox's upcoming mutant epic X-Men: Dark Phoenix. This will be his second time writing within the iconic storyline, as his first try was in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.
One of the most beloved comic book stories in the history of superhero comics, "The Dark Phoenix Saga" took the X-Men into space where Jean Grey came face to fiery face with the cosmic force that is the Phoenix. When a solar flare hits the X-Jet during a rescue mission, Jean uses her power to save the team but "the extreme surge of energy unlocks the Phoenix". This likely shows Jean Grey during her first transformation into Dark Phoenix, because I can't imagine Turner walking around almost nude throughout the entire film (though they did that with Mystique, so what do I know). "[The film] was so clear in my head, emotionally and visually, that it would have killed me to hand this to somebody else to direct", Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly. But his growing ego puts the team at risk.
Entertainment Weekly has debuted the cover for its upcoming issue, depicting Turner as Jean Grey, enshrouded by flames, from Simon Kinberg's feature directorial debut. The movie becomes a fight for Jean's soul as Phoenix threatens to overtake her mind and divide the X-Men, particularly Jean and her mentor, Charles. "This is probably the most emotional X-Men we've done and the most pathos-driven", McAvoy says.
"It's about the butterfly effect of this thing happening", said Turner.
The X-Men Movie Universe continues with The New Mutants on April 13th; Untitled Deadpool Sequel on June 1st; and X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2nd.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will bring back much of the cast of the new films, including James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler).