Note: This article contains spoilers from X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix‘s ending almost looked a bit different, according to the movie’s concept artist.

In case you forgot, the movie ended with Jean Grey unleashing her power and releasing a burst of energy that takes the shape of a phoenix.

At the very end, Professor X and Magneto play a game of chess when a flaming phoenix then appears in the sky.

Houston Sharp, who worked on the movie as a concept artist, shared a few illustrations of how the end nearly looked, writing on one on Instagram: “Jean Grey (@sophiet) Blasting Off into Space. This shot for the final sequence was changed a bit in the released film.”

On another, he commented: “Jean’s final form. Another concept painted for Dark Phoenix! This was a fun one to design!”

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Dark Phoenix hasn’t exactly been a big success, garnering the unwanted record of lowest US box office opening of the X-Men franchise to date.

Director Simon Kinberg has since taken the blame for the movie’s failure, saying: “It clearly is a movie that didn’t connect with audiences that didn’t see it, it didn’t connect enough with audiences that did see it. So that’s on me.

“I loved making the movie, and I loved the people I made the movie with.”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is out in UK and US cinemas now.


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