“Phoenix” End Was Too Much Like ‘Civil War’

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A while back it was revealed that the just released X-Men film “Dark Phoenix,” the last of the major Fox “X-Men” films, reshot its entire third act – changing the location to an action sequence onboard a military train rather than in space as originally planned.

It was later revealed by cast members that the original third act bared too much resemblance to another superhero movie that had recently been released. At the time it was widely speculated to be “Captain Marvel”. Now, the film’s director says it was rather “Captain America: Civil War” and its third act that was the problem. He tells Gizmodo:

“My original ending didn’t have the entire X-Family together the way they are in the film now. More than Captain Marvel, you could see a lot of Civil War in that ending. Usually, these big, huge action movies have the climactic moment in the third act. I loved the way that Civil War had its big action set piece where everyone’s facing off more towards the end of the second act rather than in the third so that after that huge battle, you’re left with Winter Soldier, Captain America, and Iron Man… It’s this telescoped down view of their raw emotions, and I loved how intimate that was. 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.”

The comments come as the film’s lead actress Sophie Turner confirms the film was being re-written nearly every day on set. Turner said in a recent interview: “Simon and I would sit down for two hours every day and just comb through each page of the script… there was rewriting being done all the time.”

“Dark Phoenix” is in cinemas now.