The upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie has had quite the troublesome production schedule to put it lightly. Filming originally wrapped back in October 2017 before they decided to do a heap of reshoots a year later, which ended up bumping the movie’s release date from March 2018 to June 5 this year.
But it turns out there’s at least one good reason why the filmmakers decided to essentially make the movie twice: apparently the ending was almost a carbon copy of another superhero film’s climax.
Speaking to Yahoo Movies UK, James McAvoy revealed that the end of Dark Phoenix “changed a hell of a lot” because “there was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out… a while ago.”
While he didn’t spill on what that other movie was, the internet did some Sherlocking and their conclusion puts Captain Marvel as the clashing culprit. I don’t see how they clashed, I mean, Jean Grey is a superpowered being who can levitate, glow, and blow stuff up using energy blasts…
Whereas Carol Danvers is a, uh, superpowered hero who can also fly, glow, and blow stuff up using energy blasts…
Okay, I see the problem now and the reshoots suddenly makes a lot more sense.
Joking aside and in Dark Phoenix‘s defence, most superhero films these days end with the heroes facing off a horde of CGI big bads before culminating with a showdown with the ultimate baddie so there’s bound to be some overlap with other similar films, especially if they’re both from the Marvel stable.
But hey, different can sometimes be better and the film’s star, Sophie Turner, sounds pretty happy with the reshoots and was all for redoing the entire ending.
We won’t have long to wait before Dark Phoenix comes out before we can see how those reshoots turned out but you can be sure that we’ll be taking notes and comparing endings, you know, for science.