Disney promotes "Dark Phoenix", promises more "Deadpool" at CinemaCon


The X-Men are now part of the Disney family and this has never been so clear as the presentation of the studio CinemaCon Wednesday.

Disney boasted both Dark Phoenix and New mutants as part of its next edition, alongside the usual Avengers, Star Wars and Pixar projects.

However, we still do not know what the future of X-Men looks like at the Mouse House.

Deadpool is not going anywhere clearly. "You will see more and more of Deadpool in the years to come," studio president Alan Horn promised after sharing Ryan Reynolds' cheeky tweet that Fox would join Disney.

And New mutantsDespite delayed release dates, information on rehearsals and rumors about a streaming plan, seems to go to the movie theaters – this has been included on a slide of the Disney theatrical releases in 2019.

But the basic X-Men franchise led by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Sophie Turner is coming to an end. Dark Phoenix, released this summer, was described by Emma Watts of 20th Century Fox as "the perfect sending"to the X-Men series.

At least we can hope that it goes well. Although most Dark Phoenix the trailers did not, to be perfectly honest, inspired a lot of self-confidence, the images of CinemaCon seemed very dark.

The scene begins with the X-Men in space, with the mission of rescuing stranded astronauts, with Nightcrawler teleportation and Quicksilver super-speed particularly useful.

Things go wrong for the disastrous, however, when they come up against a mysterious force and John finds himself absorbing a tremendous amount of power. She's screaming.

John returns to earth, but is different now. "When I lose control, bad things happen," she says with tears. "But it feels good."

The ever-mysterious villain of Jessica Chastain seems to be involved. "My power destroyed everything with which he came into contact with you," she says. "They are afraid of you and what they are afraid of …"

"They are trying to destroy," said Jean.

The others are less in love with this new Jean. Xavier warns that "she will kill us all", while Magneto confronts her directly.

"Are you threatening me?" John asks.

"It's true," says Magneto.

"It would be a bad idea," she replies. And she thinks so. We see her shooting him with his telekinesis as if nothing had happened, as his face writhed in pain.

As teasing for superhero movies go, this one is solid. The explosions seem expensive, the emotions are lively, the characters (especially those of Chastain) intrigue. If Fox's X-Men movies are really over – and they look like they are – there are better ways out than with a blazing bang.

And after that? We guess that these characters are too loved to stay away long. Perhaps they will be reborn from their ashes, restart and reborn this time as a Disney hero.

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