The X-Men film franchise hasn't been shy about killing major characters off, even if those deaths don't always remain permanent. X-Men: Dark Phoenix will keep the body count rising later this year, but it sounds like someone especially important will be biting the dust in this installment. Back in November, it was reported that a character who's been part of the X-Men series since 2011's X-Men: First Class will meet their demise, and then last month, one of the first official X-Men: Dark Phoenix photos showed Professor X and some of his students gathered together at a funeral. So who's the unlucky character who will be taken away from us?

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is still 10 months away from hitting theaters, but we've decided to go over the movie's main lineup of protagonists and determine which of those players are most likely to die during the story. Also keep in mind that for this feature, we're working off the assumption that both X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix are still moving towards the revised future seen at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Meaning that by the early 2020s, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Storm and Professor X are all still alive. Of course, in Jean Grey's case, we shouldn't discount the possibility that she'll temporarily die in X-Men: Dark Phoenix before being revived as the eponymous, fiery entity, but I digress.


Despite not originally planning to play Mystique again after X-Men: Apocalypse due to her contact ending and not enjoying having to wear blue body paint, Jennifer Lawrence had a change of heart and signed onto X-Men: Dark Phoenix because she felt she owed it to the fans to keep the shapeshifter's journey going rather than just have her abruptly disappear. It's a reasonable explanation, but that doesn't ruled out Mystique being killed. She's been one of the four principal players of the "First Class" series since the beginning, and since she became one of the X-Men's instructors at the end of Apocalypse, that means she's spent nearly 10 years working with these younger superheroes by the time Dark Phoenix begins. Mystique may have been a villain in the X-Men comics and early X-Men movies, but the "First Class" series has charted her growing into a her. So the corrupted Jean Grey killing her would be a tragic and emotionally-wrenching end for her since she's likely formed a bond with Jean by that point. But this also means that Mystique's story can properly conclude, allowing Lawrence to leave the world of mutants and continue along with her Hollywood career elsewhere.

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