Most posters are pretty bland and safe. They have to be in order to appeal to the widest possible audience possible, so it’s a tricky balance between eye-catching and appropriate. But Comic-Con posters can usually throw that out the window because they’re trying to appeal to people who are already on board. With that in mind, this new Dark Phoenix poster for Comic-Con Brazil is terrific, using a retro look to sell the movie. The Dark Phoenix Saga is one of the most popular X-Men storylines of all-time, so it’s smart to craft a poster that evokes the comic art from the 1980s when the comic was released.
For those unfamiliar with Dark Phoenix, it won’t copy the comic beat-for-beat (that would involve bringing in the Hellfire Club as major players), but instead hook into Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) becoming the Phoenix and her powers spiraling out of control as the other X-Men seek to get their friend back from the superpower that threatens to consume her and destroy the world.
Check out the Dark Phoenix CCXP poster below. The film opens June 7, 2019 and also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, and Jessica Chastain.
Here is the official synopsis for Dark Phoenix:
In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.