Dark Phoenix was initially written to be two films.
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However, late in its pre-production, Fox changed its mind and asked it to be reworked to be a one-off.
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Director Simon Kinberg who also wrote the film, accommodated the studio's request.
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This explains why Kinberg said that the original ending of Dark Phoenix would've left the team in conflict...
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...similar to how Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War panned out.
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Because there was supposedly another film coming, they would've had the creative space to resolve the lingering conflict.
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Sadly, with Disney buying Fox, they simply didn't have the time to do this as the X-Men is expected to be rebooted in the MCU.
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