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The Original Dark Phoenix Ending Featured a Skrull Battle

June 12, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Dark Phoenix

The final act of Dark Phoenix was now-famously reworked due to being too similar to another superhero film, and now we know how similar. Tye Sheridan, who played Cyclops in the final main X-Men movie, spoke with ReelBlend (per Geek Tyrant) and revealed that the ending involved a battle at the UN, Skrulls and a trip into space.

“It’s really hard for me to remember what the ending of this movie is,” Sheridan said as a qualifier, before going into the details he remembered. “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.”

Of course, if that sounds familiar there’s a reason. While there was no battle at the UN, Skrulls figured prominently in the storyline and the final act was largely set in space. Of course, Captain Marvel was marginally more successful than Dark Phoenix at the box office (and by marginally, I mean “a lot”).