‘Dark Phoenix’ originally had a different ending that felt like ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Captain Marvel’

The X-Men wind up on a train at the end of

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The X-Men wind up on a train at the end of “Dark Phoenix,” but it could have been in space.
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“Dark Phoenix,” the latest “X-Men” movie starring Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, and Jessica Chastain, originally had a much different ending than the one you saw in theaters.

If you haven’t seen the movie, this is your last chance to head back before spoilers.

Sophie Turner loses control of herself in

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Sophie Turner loses control of herself in “Dark Phoenix.”
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As it stands, the end of “Dark Phoenix” sees the majority of the X-Men kidnapped and on a train. A giant fight then ensues with the majority of the X-Men taking part. Magneto, Nightcrawler, and Storm in particular get a lot to do. It culminates with Turner’s Jean Grey going head-to-head with Vuk, a shape-shifting alien played by Jessica Chastain.

When Jean discovers Vuk's true purpose on Earth, she decides to stop her from taking over the planet.

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When Jean discovers Vuk’s true purpose on Earth, she decides to stop her from taking over the planet.
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As reported by Entertainment Weekly in April, instead of seeing a fight on board a train, we could have seen a big fight in space. The ending was changed because it shared some similarities with another superhero movie.

“The finale had to change,” McAvoy told Yahoo UK. “There was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out… a while ago.”

McAvoy wouldn’t say what that big superhero movie was, but in a recent interview with io9, “Dark Phoenix” director and writer Simon Kinberg said he realized the movie would’ve shared some similarities with both 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” and March’s “Captain Marvel.”

“My original ending didn’t have the entire X-Family together the way they are in the film now,” said Kinberg. “More than Captain Marvel, you could see a lot of ‘Civil War’ in that ending.”

After a giant airplane fight sequence pitting the superheroes against one another in “Captain America: Civil War,” Iron Man and Captain America battle it out along with Winter Soldier. Iron Man has just discovered that the Winter Soldier was responsible for the death of his parents and Cap knew all along.

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Captain America and Iron Man nearly fight to the death at the end of “Civil War.”
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“It’s this telescoped down view of their raw emotions, and I loved how intimate that was,” Kinberg said of the final fight in “Civil War.” “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.”

io9 says that, similarly, Jean Grey would’ve torn apart the X-Men, pitting them against one another. We get that to some effect in the movie. After accidentally killing Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is bent on destroying Jean before she kills anyone else. The other X-Men, including Charles Xavier (McAvoy), Cyclops, and Storm believe they can save her.

“Captain Marvel” ends with the hero, played by Brie Larson, discovering the full potential of her powers and using them in space to single-handedly destroy an entire ship. When her full power is shown, there’s a glowing aura of gold around her. Kinberg said that in the original ending, some sequences with Jean Grey “were reminiscent of some of ‘Captain Marvel’s’ visuals.”

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Here’s a look at Jean Grey on a poster for “Dark Phoenix” and Carol Danvers glowing in “Captain Marvel.”
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Similarly, the end of “Dark Phoenix” finds Jean Grey accepting and being able to control the full potential of her abilities which Professor Xavier attempted to lock away while she was young. In both “Captain Marvel” and “Dark Phoenix,” men hold back both Carol Danvers and Jean Grey from reaching their full potential.

It’s not the only similarity the movie appears to share with “Captain Marvel.” The shape-shifting D’Bari villains feel a lot like the Skrulls seen in the Marvel movie. Jessica Chastain told Yahoo UK the villains were altered for the film as well.

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The Skrulls in “Captain Marvel” take the form of any human being, similar to the aliens seen in “Dark Phoenix.”
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“Dark Phoenix” was originally set to come out months before Marvel’s female-centered superhero movie. The “X-Men” movie’s release date was pushed back twice from November 2018 to February 2019 before landing on its June 7 release to accommodate reshoots in fall of 2018.