Magneto (Fassbender) and Dr X (McAvoy) are coming back Image: Twitter
X-Men: Dark Pheonix is going to be a big one, by the looks of it. The film just found a new baddie — Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain — and will reunite James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. The film marks the franchise's foray into Marvel's Dark Pheonix storyline, which focuses on Jean Grey's ascent to power, and her eventual downfall. Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner will reprise the role of the telepathic mutant.
Though McAvoy, Fassbender and Lawrence will return as Dr X, Magneto and Mystique, respectively, the storyline of Dark Pheonix will revolve around the younger mutants, Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp). Oscar nominee Chastain will play the Shia'r empress Lilandra and a humanoid, who according to the X-Men comics imprisons Jean Grey, leading her to challenge the X-Men.
According to reports, Simon Kinberg, who helmed both X-Men: The Last Stand and Apocalypse, is set to direct Dark Pheonix. The film will be reportedly be closer to the comics than its prequels were. The X-Men universe is looking for a major expansion, especially featuring the younger mutants. Sophie's GoT co-star Maisie Williams is set to star in another X-Men spin-off called Young Mutants, where she'll be playing Wolsbane — a Scottish mutant battling a dilemma between her religious beliefs and her ability to turn into a werewolf.
New Mutants will basically follow the lives of a group of teenage mutants, who are realising the extent of their powers. The film is scheduled to release on April 13, 2018, while Dark Pheonix will premiere in November 2018.