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The Marvels nearly had a different ending with a major death

The Marvels spoilers follow.

The Marvels star Zawe Ashton has revealed that the film nearly had a different ending with a major death.

The actress, who played villain Dar-Benn in the film, explained that Brie Larson's Captain Marvel was originally meant to combust in space alongside her character.

"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, which was really amazing," Ashton said on an episode of Comic Book's Phase Zero podcast.

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"And that was just a day on wires hanging out with Brie, which is surreal and fun. But yeah, there were a few different plans, I think."

The film's final cut sees Captain Marvel (aka Carol Danvers) survive after a tense battle with Dar-Benn, with the villain perishing.

Ashton explained that her character was always going to die, saying: "There was always going to be an epic death just because in terms of, I just think in terms of just bringing that story psychologically for Carol to a close I think was always the best thing.

"You don't want to think, did she defeat her? Is this over? Is she going to be kind of doomed to this life of feeling guilty about this whole thing forever and ever?

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"Or is she going to get this redemptive moment where Dar-Benn's out of the picture and then she gets to almost take on the mantle of what she was trying to do?"

She continued: "It is a really redemptive arc for that character. I will say I did a day's diving training, because there was going to be a lot of water involved in the original death."

The Marvels landed on Disney+ on February 7, following its disappointing cinema release in November 2023.

The Marvels is available to watch now on Disney+. It is also available to buy digitally from Prime Video, iTunes, Microsoft Store and more in the UK.

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