X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the 12th instalment in Marvel Comics’ X-Men related films series, and a sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

The film is written and directed by Simon Kinberg, who has a long-standing relationship with the franchise, having been writer and or producer on nine of the previous films, an association that dates back to 2006. Dark Phoenix, however, was his directorial debut, which despite his close relationship with the X-Men ancestry, he didn’t quite manage to pull off.

The film stars the usual suspects and includes James McAvoy returning as Charles Xavier, Professor X, the mutant pacifist and founder of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

The electrifying Michael Fassbender continues as Magneto, the powerful mutant who can control magnetic fields and twist thick metal at will. Jennifer Lawrence is Raven, the shape-shifting mutant and Xavier’s adopted sister. Nicholas Hoult is Hank McCoy, Beast, another mutant, but with superhuman physical abilities.

Sophie Turner takes a welcome leading role as Jean Grey, Phoenix; a powerful mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers and one of Xavier’s prized students.