20th Century Fox has confirmed Dark Phoenix will be the last of the existing run of X-Men movies.

The long-running movie series – which dates back to 2000 – will come to an end in June. The news comes via the studio’s YouTube channel, which today posted a new trailer for the forthcoming movie.

The trailer – which you can watch below – recaps moments from previous entries in the series. It arrived with the following description:

“This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet — one of their own.”

The key words to note in the description are “the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies.”

Yep, this is the end.

Here’s the trailer…

The news that this is the last X-Men movie will come as no real surprise – the writing has been on the wall since Disney officially acquired Fox earlier this year – but what does this mean for The New Mutants and Deadpool?

Well, as previously highlighted last week, the release of The New Mutants has been pushed back until 2020. When it finally sees the light of day (IF it sees the light of day), don’t expect it to make any big connection to the X-Men series.

As for Deadpool, well it might not be the end of his film series yet – this is just the end of the X-Men movies.

Over the past 19 years, the X-Men movie series has notched up 12 movies, including:

  • X-Men (2000)
  • X2: X-Men United (2002)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • The Wolverine (2013)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  • Logan (2017)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

The series has also produced two spin-off TV shows: The Gifted and Legion.

If you want to read more about the films, including a VERY EXTENSIVE explanation of the complicated X-Men movie timelines (there’s more than one), check out my post: What is the best order to watch the X-Men movies?

X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits cinema screens in June.