Post-Deadpool 2, if you were excited about the next chapters in the Fox-led corner of the Marvel Universe, you’re going to have to wait a little longer as both the Josh Boone-directed The New Mutants and the Simon Kinberg-helmed X-Men: Dark Phoenix are both being pushed further into the future.
The New Mutants had already been delayed into 2019, having originally been scheduled to come out in 2.5 weeks from now. Thanks to additional shooting that was apparently aimed at amping up the horror-vibe that permeated its initial trailer into the film proper, and adding another character. But now it’s being pushed back even further and will now come out on August 2, 2019.
Whereas Dark Phoenix is leaving this year’s November frame and will instead be released on February 22, 2019.
Both of these moves are part of a larger late night shuffle that the studio announced late last night under the cover of darkness. It also affects movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and the new James Mangold project The Force. But it does lead one to wonder what trouble might be afoot with Dark Phoenix, which seemed to be chugging along fairly drama-free. It’s Simon Kinberg’s directorial debut though, so much like we learned with Pacific Rim: Uprising, drama-free doesn’t mean much.
On the New Mutants front, given the timing of the release, there’s some speculation that film might forgo theatrical release altogether and instead wind up as one of the first original releases on Disney’s new streaming service, provided all sales details are finalized. But that’s nothing but idle speculation at this point.
A year that once looked pretty X-Men heavy, with three features to its name, will now instead only have Deadpool to play with. Interesting times.