The X-Men franchise as we have known it is done, and the latest installment Dark Phoenix caps off a run of 12 films over the last nineteen years. Unlike the previous films, Dark Phoenix has had the worst opening weekend in the franchise’s history.
Fans had hoped the X-Men went out with a bang, but instead it’s going out with a whimper. And by the looks of things, the film may finish it’s run with a total domestic gross lower than previous X-Men films opening weekends.
Dark Phoenix didn’t have the best of times during production. There was continuous behind-the-scenes issues that plagued the film, its release was moved back a few times, and then director Simon Kinberg decided to reshoot the third act of the film for a more grounded and team-focused conclusion.
So what did Kinberg have planned with his original ending before the reshoots had the team battle it out on a train against the alien threat? Tye Sheridan, who plays Cyclops in the film sat down with the ReelBlend Podcast and revealed how the original ending played out.
According to the actor, the final battle would have taken place at the United Nations in New York City.
“It’s really hard for me to remember what the ending of this movie is. [laughs] Originally, it was scripted that Charles and Scott go to the U.N. because — man, I’m totally going to mess this up — they go to the U.N. because they’re going to try to tell the President that, ‘Hey, we’re under attack by aliens and, they’ve now captured Jean Grey.’ Or, you know, whatever it is that we’re going to tell him.
And then Jean comes down in the front of the U.N., and causes… there is this huge battle between the guards at the U.N. and Jean Grey, and all the guards turn out to be Skrulls. And then Jean and Scott are — Scott is fighting Skrulls in the fountain. He gets thrown into the fountain in front of the U.N. And then Jean comes down and basically fights all of the Skrulls off, and then blasts back off into space. [She] basically says goodbye to Scott and Charles. And then it’s all over, I guess.”
Skulls would have been far better to see than what we got. Instead they went with the D’Bari, who you never really cared for in the first place and in the comics, bar their planet being destroyed, never played a big part in the Dark Phoenix storyline. It’s obvious why it was changed with Captain Marvel featuring the Skrulls, it would have stopped the confusion.
Hopefully the Blu-ray/DVD will feature the original ending for fans to see.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is out now!!