In Marvel movie news, the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer raises suspicion about what is going on with Jean Grey. Jean is shown having profound visions, but Professor Charles Xavier assures her that it was only a dream. The trailer opens showing a blurred figure entering Cerebro, and ComicBook speculated that it’s a female figure and ascertained that it could be Jean Grey, as portrayed by Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner.
Director Bryan Singer did say it was Jean Grey, but didn’t want to get into what she was doing in the shot, according to an interview by Empire.
“That’s actually Jean. Her hair makes her a little strange looking! But I don’t want to explain why she’s doing what she’s doing…”
So, Jean Grey remains under a shroud of secrecy, per director Singer, but there is something somewhat telling in how he described how the short dream sequence in the trailer is more genuine in Xavier’s assurance that “it’s a dream” than that of whatever he decided to put in the movie, according to Empire. From the sounds of it, Singer makes it sounds like there’s a sincere concern growing within Charles about Jean, regardless of what he said to comfort her in the movie trailer.
“Jean has a special connection with Xavier, she has a special connection with the psychic world and she has enormous untapped power that’s growing.”
Singer mentioned how Charles and Jean have this shared connection of sorts when it comes to the psychic world. Is it perhaps this connection that allows Xavier to see something more to her “dreams” or visions? In the older X-Men movies when the more mature Jean, played by Famke Janssen, was discovered by Charles, played by Patrick Stewart, he revealed to his X-Men cohorts of what she has been suppressing for a while.
In X-Men: The Last Stand she had the powers of the Phoenix Force. Of course, with an altered timeline that stems back to X-Men: Days of Future Past, which takes place in the 70s, thanks to the actions of Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the situation with Jean Grey could be altered.
In the comic book story, The Dark Phoenix Saga, Jean Grey wiped out an alien world of the Shi’ar people by inadvertently causing one of their stars to go supernova when she was attempting to re-energize the Phoenix Force after a long journey through space. For that reason, she was marked for death by the Shi’ar, who wanted her executed for her “casual genocide,” according to Wikipedia. Later on, she sacrificed herself to eliminate the Phoenix Force during their arena battle with the Shi’ar guards. This event was important enough for The Watcher to be present to observe.
Of course, in the X-Men: Apocalypse movie trailer, there’s no knowing Bryan Singer’s plan for Jean Grey. But if anyone recalls in X2: X-Men United, she sacrificed herself after a broken dam threatened their jet with rushing water, and apparently protected herself in a cocoon of her own telekinetic power that perhaps exposed her Phoenix side in X-Men: The Last Stand. According to ComicBook, this was more of a poor rendition brought to light and saw it as a discovery of “Jean’s own innate power.”
Now, it looks like in X-Men: Apocalypse that there seems to be an focus on a youthful Jean. To re-iterate the aforementioned quote by Singer in Empire, “that untapped power that’s growing.” This is where we’re reminded of Jean’s movement towards Cerebro in the X-Men: Apocalypse movie trailer.
This is where a theory comes that Charles Xavier falls to the power of Apocalypse. In the trailer, he says he’s come across a power he’s never felt before, with his eyes going to a dark black. He says it as if he admires what he’s seeing, as he’s wearing the Cerebro helmet. The theory continues that after succumbing to Apocalypse, Jean is the only one that can use the telekinetic machine to stop Apocalypse, but winds up triggering the Phoenix.
Apocalypse himself is “the first mutant,” and in comic book lore is highly powerful. The Phoenix may be powerful enough to match the likes of this ancient mutant that goes by many god-like names. In fact, according to Wikipedia, The Watcher even commented on such after her self-sacrifice in The Dark Phoenix Saga.
“Jean Grey could have lived to become a god. But it was more important to her that she die…a human.”
Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 27, 2016.
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