6 Things Parents Should Know about "Dark Phoenix"

Jean Grey is a superhero who has lost control over her emotions. She’s bitter. She’s depressed. Most of all, though, she’s angry. Very angry.

She wasn’t always like this.

As a young girl and then a teenager and young woman, she was a mutant who possessed the power to read minds and move objects with her thoughts. At the School for Gifted Youngsters, she learned to use her powers for good.

But then she took part in a space rescue mission to save the Space Shuttle astronauts. And then she was hit by a cosmic force that gave her more powers than any mutant in the universe. It also resurrected negative emotions from her past that were suppressed – emotions that could cause her to go on a rage-filled attack and tear the X-Men apart (and destroy the Earth, too).

The X-Men film Dark Phoenix (PG-13) opens this weekend, starring Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Phoenix, James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, and Jessica Chastain as the evil Vuk.

It is the 12th X-Men film.

Here are six things you should know:

Photo courtesy: 20th Century Fox

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