‘Dark Phoenix’: Is Mystique Going to Die?

The just-released Dark Phoenix first trailer seems to mark Jennifer Lawrence’s blue-skinned X-Man for death.

As telepathic mutant Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) finds herself seduced and corrupted by the all-powerful Phoenix Force, she makes herself an enemy of the X-Men — including boyfriend Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), who can be seen attempting to convince his teammates Jean is still their friend despite an outburst that has had grave consequences.

The X-Men are gathered in the X-Mansion in their mourning best, presumably after the rainy scene that finds a soaked Beast (Nicholas Hoult) standing in front of a fresh grave — the only X-Man foregoing the cover of an umbrella.

Another moment reveals Beast bringing his head close to an unmoving Mystique — who just may be the biggest casualty of a twisted Jean now wielding the unbridled power of the dangerous cosmic force.

Dark Phoenix Mystique Death

“This is your fault, Charles,” a distraught-looking Hank tells a regretful Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Raven’s longest friend, before furiously smashing a bottle of alcohol out of his hands. Hank, in his human form, can also be seen making a solo trip to what looks to be Mystique’s gravesite.

The death appears to drive another wedge between Xavier and old friend Erik (Michael Fassbender), a.k.a. Magneto, a rift that seemingly finds Beast opposed Charles and his team of X-Men, including Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

Dark Phoenix, an addendum on Lawrence’s three-movie contract that expired with 2016’s Apocalypse, was able to lure the actress back for another round because of her friendship with writer-director Simon Kinberg — and because Lawrence wanted the character to have a definitive ending.

“My contract was up, I didn’t have to do another one, but if I didn’t do another one, what would her story be?” Lawrence told Digital Spy last year.

“I felt like I owed it to the fans, and I owed it to the character to follow her journey, to be fair to the movies, and not be like, ‘I don't want to do another X-Men!’ And then I just never show up and everyone’s very confused about the Mystique they’ve been following for the last three films.”

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Lawrence has long raised issue with the arduous and potentially damaging process that came with applying near full-body paint when transforming her into the blue-skinned and scaled mutant, saying, “I love these movies — it’s just the paint.”

Dark Phoenix opens February 14.