We don’t blame you if you’ve totally forgotten about the upcoming X-Men films. With Marvel Studios dominating the field with the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, and Fox’s own Deadpool 2 upstaging its parent franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants feel like afterthoughts. It isn’t helping that a series of release date shifts from 20th Century Fox (soon to be eaten whole by Disney) is pushing these two mutant films back.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the follow-up to First Class, Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, was originally set for a Nov. 2, 2018 release date and moved to Feb. 14, 2019. Get your future Valentine’s Day plans ready. Meanwhile, The New Mutants, which will have a horror twist to it, is now releasing in Aug. 2, 2019. This is a move from Feb. 22, 2019, which itself was a delay from April 13 of this year. The film from Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is reportedly adding a new character in reshoots.
With Fox’s version of the X-Men looking like it’s on the ropes with an impending Disney acquisition and an absorption by Marvel Studios to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s looking like these non-Deadpool movies are throwaways by the studio. Of course, more time could improve these film projects, and comic book fans would likely love to have their doubts proven wrong.
20th Century Fox Pushes Back X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants [ComingSoon.net]