In the trailer for Dark Phoenix, a grand power hidden within Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) begins to surface, and somehow it’s all Charles Xavier’s (James McAvoy) fault. In X-Men comic book lore, the “Phoenix Force” is a powerful, cosmic energy that can inhabit hosts (mostly mutants) and imbue them with incredible powers. Throughout X-Men history, the Phoenix Force has been closely associated with Jean Grey. In 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the reboot trilogy’s Jean Grey first revealed her Phoenix Force powers in the climactic battle.
It’s a big deal that the X-Men films are finally adapting Claremont’s “Dark Phoenix Saga,” instead of just lifting its most general elements (as seen in 2006’s The Last Stand). “Dark Phoenix” is a revered storyline that continues to define X-Men mythology even today. But while that’s all fine, I’m preoccupied with the new leather costumes the X-Men are outfitted.