Zako11, the movie states that Jessica's character is named Vuk. She's definitely not meant to be Lilandra.
Using the Shi'ar would have made more sense than the D'Bari. Lilandra would have made more sense then someone who was actually male in the comics.
Seriously, why did they make such dumb decisions for this movie?
The Shi'ar were originally planned to appear when the movie was supposed to be a two-parter. After Fox mandated that Dark Phoenix be one film due to the merger with Disney, Simon Kinberg knew that he wouldn't be able to do justice to the Shi'ar and decided to go with the D'Bari instead.
Well, I don't think he did justice with the D'Bari either. When I read on Wikipedia that she would be a Skrull. Despite Skrulls appearing in Captain Marvel, Fox does own that alien race because there was one Super-Skrull villain who copied the Fantastic Four's powers. So the Skrulls are a Quicksilver-kind of case. But considering how the Skrulls are more associated with the Fantastic Four, do the contracts allow for some crossover or could Fox only use the Skrulls for Fantastic Four movies and not the X-Men? My best guess for what Skrull character Jessica Chastain could have been was Queen Veranke, but she's clearly an Avengers villain that Marvel Studios got dibs on.
I think Fox could only use the Skrulls through Fantastic Four. X-Men and Fantastic Four were licensed to Fox under different contracts, so Marvel would have had to approve of any crossover between the two.
From what I've read, the aliens in Dark Phoenix were not named until late in the film's post-production. They were given shapeshifter powers to cut costs on having to come up with detailed alien designs because Fox slashed the budget during pre-production.
So if the X-Men series continued after New Mutants and there wasn't a merger with Disney, we'd never see the X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover even though they are owned by the same movie studio? I guess that was why Fant4stic couldn't be set in the X-Men universe. But all Marvel properties were set in the same universe in the comics and Fox had already did a crossover between the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer. And I think I read somewhere that New Line had Deadpool until they gave him to Fox and now he's in the X-Men universe. I guess Marvel had to approve of those? Marvel's licensing contracts are so confusing. And is it that expensive to give some actors triangular headpieces to play the Shi'ar? Even if Kinberg wasn't confident that he'd get the Shi'ar right, I think it's worth seeing them on screen. At least an underdeveloped villain that's comic accurate would be much better than an underdeveloped villain who is absolutely nothing like the comics. Especially when turning the villains into alien shapeshifters just make them a ripoff of Captain Marvel's Skrulls. Bird people who look mostly human should be easy to pull off. They've done Angel before!
There were plans to have X-Men and Fantastic Four cross-over back when Fant4stic was in development, but they most likely ditched it when the movie bombed hard. Had it been successful, I assume Fox would have tried to get Marvel to approve cross-overs.
Silver Surfer falls under the Fantastic Four mythos, so he wouldn't be considered a cross-over character in a Fantastic Four movie.
A Deadpool movie was in development at New Line, but they were never able to get it off the ground because of rights issues with 20th Century Fox. I'm guessing that Fox always had the license for Deadpool due to his connection to the X-Men universe.
The Shi'ar costumes would have been expensive to put to film. Not to mention the fact that the Shi'ar Imperial Guard all have different looks, costumes, and powersets. Dark Phoenix wouldn't have done them justice with a small budget and a run time of 1h45m.
Then maybe they shouldn't have brought aliens into this movie? After almost twenty years of the series only having mutants as the ones causing the fantasy stuff with even Juggernaut changed to a mutant to fit the setting, aliens just look out of place in an X-Men movie to people who didn't read the comics. Adding a new thing at the end of a series would just seem like the writers are just trying to kill the franchise as Disney is buying them. Naughty Dog was actually trying the same thing when creating Nitros Oxide for Crash Team Racing. However, Oxide ended up being a popular villain and since Crash was fresh at the time and already had mutants, mad scientists, robots and had just recently introduced time travel, why would introducing aliens ruin the series? Wow, I just realized how similar the X-Men is to Crash Bandicoot. And I find it funny that Crash can use "mutants" while Marvel Studios, a subsidiary of the publisher that created the famous mutants are legally not allowed to use that word in their films. But even if the plan to ruin Crash with Oxide didn't work out, Crash was still four years in his franchise when CTR was released in 1999, and the developers seemed to put a lot of effort into the gameplay. Dark Phoenix was released 19 years after the first X-Men and it was a rehash of The Last Stand that makes that divisive movie look like a classic. Though to be honest, I never got how The Last Stand was bad. I actually liked that movie.
Well, Dark Phoenix wasn't planned to be the end of the series when it was in development. It was actually supposed to be the start of a new series of movies focusing on the younger X-Men. The Disney-Fox merger was what forced Dark Phoenix to be cut down from a 2-part story to one movie and serve as a conclusion to the entire franchise.
Do you think they should have cancelled the movie when Disney agreed to buy them? I think Fox should have rejected Disney's deal. If they were looking to sell, I don't think getting sold to the competitor would be a good idea. Why not sell to someone who is not in the movie industry so that they wouldn't get Antitrust problems? And if Disney wanted to expand their library for their upcoming Disney+ service, why couldn't Fox just license their properties to be used on Disney+? It's because of this and Disney's prior acquisitions of Marvel and Lucasfilm that Disney has a reputation of a monopoly.
What do you think?