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Of the many issues surrounding Dark Phoenix, probably the most undercooked is the film’s villains. Created by legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the D’Bari and their leader, Vuk (Jessica Chastain in Dark Phoenix), aren’t the most recognizable of Marvel antagonists, mostly known for having their homeworld blown to bits during the “Dark Phoenix Saga”. If you did want to learn more about the D’Bari, Dark Phoenix is not the place to look; the villains’ personalities and motivations were muddled as muddled can be—They want the force that destroyed their home so they can…rebuild their home?—and their shape-shifting/invincibility powers were similarly vague.
Whelp, it appears there’s a behind-the-scenes reason for all that. According to Tye Sheridan, who plays Cyclops in Dark Phoenix, an earlier version of Simon Kinberg‘s film saw the X-Men going toe-to-toe with Marvel’s nastiest bodysnatchers, the Skrull. Here’s what the actor had to say on the Reelblend podcast:
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“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...
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