‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix:’ Charles & Erik Play Chess In New Set Photos

X-Men Dark Phoenix First Class Professor X Magneto Charles Erik Chess

There’s very little, if at all, that Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr can agree on when it comes to their endless debates in the X-Men world, but one thing that Professor X and Magneto can put their differences aside for is a good old game of chess. Starting from the first X-Men film and continuing through Days of Future Past, we’ve seen the two come off as more civil despite their many disagreements. The same applies to X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Now, Dark Phoenix is undergoing some brief reshoots now. Or was, depending on who you ask, as producer Hutch Parker posted a photo on his Instagram page a few days prior to the subject of this post, indicating that things have wrapped. So this photo, which went online not long after that, shows James McAvoy’s Charles and Michael Fassbender’s Erik engaging in another friendly game of chess.

At the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, Erik merely chose to walk away, seemingly on good terms with Charles, even acknowledging that his old friend could have stopped him if he wanted. And judging from the two X-Men rivals engaging in another game, things seem to be fairly amicable at the moment. Whether that changes depends on what we see in the final product, but here, have a look at the two old friends playing one of their favorite games in the photo below:


And like always, there’s probably some deep conversation that’s taking place, perhaps about Jean and what may become of her when the Dark Phoenix manifests. Or hey, maybe they’re talking about the time they got told off that time traveler in Days of Future Past. You know, the same one from the bar in X-Men First Class who told them to…well, you remember what Logan said.

What do you hope to see when we finally get a trailer or even tease for X-Men: Dark Phoenix? And what do you think of the set photo? Let us know in the comments below.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is directed by Simon Kinberg and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. The film is set to hit theaters on February 14, 2019.

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