A brand new photo from Dark Phoenix doesn’t just unit the X-Men, but shows off the team’s new suits. Over the years, the X-Men uniform has evolved through several iterations, and this upcoming design is not only closer to the look in the original comics, but with X-Men: First Class as well, which introduced this current “younger generation” era of X-Men movies with actors like James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence.
In Dark Phoenix, the greatest threat facing the X-Men turns out to be one of their own. After Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) has her mutant powers corrupted by an alien force, she discovers her abilities have been enhanced, not only making her stronger, but dangerous. So, as she battles with her sudden changes, the X-Men have no other choice but to stand in the way of her unpredictable powers in hopes of saving her. The movie also stars McAvoy, Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Jessica Chastain. Now, although the Dark Phoenix trailer revealed the new suits, a brand new photo brings some members of the team back together, while also revealing the updated design of their suits.
Empire revealed an exclusive photo from the movie that features Professor Charles Xavier (McAvoy), Raven Darkhölme/Mystique (Lawrence), Scott Summers/Cyclops (Sheridan), Ororo Munroe/Storm (Shipp), and Hank McCoy/Beast (Hoult) suited up and ready for battle. The photo showcases brand new suits for the characters – dark blue with a yellow X wrapping around the chest and back – that are near-direct nods to the suits featured in several comic book depictions. They also appear to be an evolution of the suits featured in X-Men: First Class, which, according to the timeline in this franchise, took place 30 years prior.
The only character in the photo not sporting the uniform, however, is McAvoy’s Professor X – who hasn’t worn a uniform since First Class (not counting Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of the character in X-Men: Days of Future Past). Instead, he’s seen wearing a turtleneck, which is comic-accurate for a number of issues.
Judging by the trailer, alliances within the X-Men don’t appear to remain as strong as they have in the past. So, unless this photo takes place during a later scene in the movie, once divisions have been ultimately unified, audiences should expect at least one of these characters to ditch Professor X’s team colors in favor of his longtime frenemy Magneto.