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James McAvoy discusses DARK PHOENIX reshoots and why they changed the ending



Dark Phoenix (20th Century Fox)

It’s no secret that Dark Phoenix underwent a number of reshoots during its delayed release schedule. There are plenty of rumours as to why those took place and what was changed in the movie.

The most common thread was that the movie’s third act underwent almost a complete reshoot. These rumours have always pointed to a disjointed ending that the studio was unhappy with, but now in a new interview with Yahoo UK actor James McAvoy as discussed a more interesting reason for those changes.

“The end changed a hell of a lot. The finale had to change. There was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out re—a while ago. And we had no idea that we were…” said McAvoy before being interrupted by Michael Fassbender.

“They had spies on set and basically stole our ideas!” added Fassbender.

In the past there has been plenty of rumours that the Skrulls would make an appearance in Dark Phoenix. Could the movie that McAvoy and Fassbender are referring to be Captain Marvel?

In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling our of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite – not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

Dark Phoenix is being directed by Simon Kinberg. James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender are confirmed to return to the roles of Charles Xavier, Mystique and Magneto respectively. Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee will also return.

The film is due for release on June 7, 2019 in North America. In the UK the movie drops on June 5.

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