James McAvoy Explains Why ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Needed All Those Reshoots

Too much of a good thing does have its consequences.

Marvel superhero films are bonafide blockbuster hits and have fans chomping at the bit for more sequels and spinoffs, but it’s inevitable that a new Marvel film clashes with other familiar plot points in the MCU.

Scottish actor James McAvoy, who plays Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, explained the reason why Disney delayed the release date for the upcoming Dark Phoenix movie for a second time.

The 40-year-old told Yahoo! Movies that the X-Men sequel had to undergo several reshoots because the space-set ending was starting to feel familiar with “another superhero movie.”

“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… a while ago. And we had no idea that we were… We were basically trawling through the source material it seems.”

Principle photography for the X-Men sequel from Disney’s 20th Century Fox wrapped on October 2017 and was due for release in theaters on November 2, 2018.

However, it was pushed to February 14, 2019, after extensive reshoots and was delayed once more for a June 9 release date.

While McAvoy didn’t reveal which film he was referring to, fans speculated that Phoenix ‘s location ending was changed to Earth in order to differentiate itself from other space-set sequences in films like Thor: Ragnarok, Infinity War, Captain Marvel and Endgame.

But producer Hutch Parker told Digital Spy about the real catalyst for the Phoenix reshoots, and it had nothing to do with the film’s setting in space.

Parker explained the reason for shifting the film’s climax back down on terra firma.

“There was more of a cosmic story… the story ended in space in a much more significant way. We actually shifted that to be back on Earth, most notably, so that we can involve our main characters and see them come together.”

He also explained that the team wanted a different catalyst to be the driving force for Jean Grey’s (Sophie Turner) transformation.

“We wanted the family to be the thing that motivated Jean to finally embrace her identity, and finally, to allow love to be what allows her to transcend and evolve.”

“But in the first iteration, they weren’t present when she’s going through a lot of the third act stuff. So we rejigged it so that we could dramatise the degree to which this divided family had come back together for her… that she could witness that, and, and bring [Jessica] Chastain into that sequence.”

He added:

“That’s a luxury that these bigger movies have, you get a chance to go back and make these adjustments and do things slightly differently.”

Longtime X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg is making his directorial debut with Phoenix, which reunites McAvoy with original cast members Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.