Zawe Ashton, who played The Marvels villain Dar-Benn, has revealed that the MCU movie had an alternate ending – in which Captain Marvel seemingly died.
“There was another ending that we did film where Brie and myself are kind of in space, still having it out, and they kind of combust together,” Ashton told ComicBook.com’s Phase Zero podcast.
Of course, this isn’t quite how things go down in the movie’s final cut. Dar-Benn, a Kree warrior on a vengeful mission to restore her home planet and get her hands on the powerful Quantum Bands, clashes in a final battle with Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) as the movie begins to wrap up.
Dar-Benn’s plan involves using the Bands to steal the energy from the Earth’s sun in order to restore the extinguished sun of her own planet, and Carol, Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), and Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), AKA Ms. Marvel, are doing their best to stop her. When Dar-Benn attempts to use both Bands, however, they prove too powerful, and she combusts – but Captain Marvel remains unharmed.
Ashton acknowledges that filming alternate endings is common practice with comic book tentpole movies, in part due to the ever-changing nature of Marvel’s vast interconnected universe(s). “I’m happy to be a kind of moveable, jelly-like actor,” she added, laughing. “It keeps it exciting.”
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