**WARNING: POTENTIAL X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX SPOILERS**
An early trailer for new X-Men film Dark Phoenix rather blew the lid on one of the film’s biggest surprises, showing the apparent death of Jennifer Lawrence’s shape-shifting mutant Mystique (later confirmed by the film’s director to be genuine) and proving that the stakes are high in this final chapter for Professor X’s gang.
And now, a new trailer has arrived that suggests another notable character could be in grave danger from Sophie Turner’s telekinetic-turned-bad Jean Grey – Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, who with James McAvoy, Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult has been an anchor of the “prequel” X-Men franchise that began with 2011’s X-Men: First Class.
In the footage, we see Magneto threaten Jean after she’s started to lose control over her abilities, an action which she describes as a “bad idea” before tearing apart her foe’s trademark psychic-proof helmet and using the pieces to fling him through a window.
Would they really kill off Magneto AND Mystique in one movie? Well, maybe – since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox and apparently intends to reboot the X-Men universe, this version of the franchise appears to have its days numbered.
And what better way to send them all off than with a few cheery deaths to hang over us? If it’s good enough for Avengers: Endgame, after all…