Minor spoilers for Dark Phoenix ahead.
The plant looking aliens of Dark Phoenix are referred to as the D’Bari in the film, but originally that wasn’t the case. The Fox crew had originally intended on using Skrulls as the villains of the cosmic adaptation of the Dark Phoenix Saga. Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) revealed this in an interview on CinemaBlend’s ReelBlend episode 71, where he spoke on that, and the original ending of Dark Phoenix. The D’Bari aliens of the comics actually look nothing like their counterparts in the movie. The blue aliens of the comics can’t shapeshifter compared to the green, plantlike looking D’Bari of the movies.
But it’s only based on the comic, so not too huge right?
The original ending of the last of Fox’s X-Men movies took place at the UN. Check out Sheridan’s description below.
“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.”
Ultimately despite originally having Skrulls and a similar ending to Captain Marvel, there’s no way reshoots were done because it looked similar. Deadline reported the reshoots were done to provide a “better” ending audiences wanted to see. The studio believed from test screening audiences wanted to see the movie end with the X-Men all fighting together, which is what we got. The intent from Fox was to originally get it out before Captain Marvel, in order to be the first female-led superhero movie in the MCU. With the results from test screenings, and a push to give James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel the February spot, Dark Phoenix became the summer movie it was never supposed to be. With reshoots galore and the date pushed back twice, the word of mouth on the street was bad, and that’s what will haunt the final chapter of the X-Men Fox Universe.