‘Dark Phoenix’ had a dismal opening weekend though we’ve learned that things could have originally ended very differently for the film. Well, at least in the movie itself. Writer and director Simon Kinberg shared that his original ending to the movie would have resembled how the events in ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ played out with a dash of the cinematics from ‘Captain Marvel.’
“My original ending didn’t have the entire X-Family together the way they are in the film now. More than Captain Marvel, you could see a lot of Civil War in that ending. Usually, these big, huge action movies have the climactic moment in the third act. I loved the way that Civil War had its big action action set piece where everyone’s facing off more towards the end of the second act rather than in the third so that after that huge battle, you’re left with Winter Soldier, Captain America, and Iron Man.
It’s this telescoped down view of their raw emotions, and I loved how intimate that was. That’s what I was going for with Dark Phoenix’s ending even though it then might have looked like Captain Marvel for about two minutes.”
As to the explanation of the ‘Captain Marvel’ reference, he went on to say that Jean’s space sequences were initially planned to be closer to how Carol Danvers took out the Kree. The idea was to tear the X-Men away from one another ideologically, and things just didn’t end up playing out that way for the final script.
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‘Dark Phoenix’ is currently in theaters everywhere.