Dark Phoenix, the final film of 20th Century Fox's core X-Men film series, underwent significant reshoots that changed its entire ending, including moving the final act from outer space to a train on Earth - and now, the film's stars say the changes were due to similarities with another superhero movie that beat Dark Phoenix to theaters.
“The end [of Dark Phoenix] changed a hell of a lot," Charles Xavier actor James McAvoy told Yahoo! Movies UK. "The finale HAD to change. There was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out... a while ago. And we had no idea that we were ... basically trawling through the source material it seems."
“They had spies on set,” added Magneto actor Michael Fassbender jokingly. “And [they] basically stole our ideas.”
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Fassbender and McAvoy wouldn't specify which film it was that bore similarities to Dark Phoenix. Yahoo! points out two likely options: Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel and Avengers: Infinity War.
Yahoo! suggests Captain Marvel, which took place largely in space, may have conflicted with Dark Phoenix's spacebound finale, drawing on previous comments from director Simon Kinberg that Phoenix's character design was changed to make it "less cosmic" - potentially because of similarities to Carol Danvers' powered-up "Binary" form.
Meanwhile, Yahoo! also suggests Infnity War as an option thanks to its climax, which took place on Titan with a ragtag group of Avengers battling Thanos. This bears some similarities to the ending of Dark Phoenix's comic book source material, in which Phoenix, the X-Men, and the Shi'ar Imperial Guard all clash on the moon.
Whatever the specific reasons for the change, the final picture will come into view when Dark Phoenix hits theaters June 7.