Deadpool sequel will slice its way into theaters earlier than expected, New Mutants pushed back 10 months

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Dec 21, 2018, 9:00 PM EST (Updated)

Wade Wilson is set to break the fourth wall earlier than expected this year, as the release of Deadpool 2 has been pushed up by two weeks so that it will debut on May 18 instead of June 1, Fox confirms to SYFY WIRE.

This means it will open one week before Solo: A Star Wars Story, which Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld said would be pummeled by main star Ryan Reynolds, director David Leitch, and the introductions of Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Cable (Josh Brolin)

Now, Wade's got seven days to dominate the box office — or at least get a good hold — before the galaxy's most charismatic smuggler arrives on the scene. Deadpool 2 opens alongside the horror movie Slender Man, but it should have no problem asserting its dominance, given the popularity and financial success of the first installment.  

That's not the only scheduling change in Fox's X-Men universe, as Josh Boone's New Mutants has been pushed back by 10 months, from April 13, 2018, to Feb. 22, 2019, per Fox. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported on the release-date changes, one of the justifications for the move was so New Mutants and Deadpool wouldn't overlap in foreign markets. 

The most surprising of all the news is that the studio's Gambit movie is still on course for a 2019 release despite losing another director today; Gore Verbinski is the third filmmaker to leave the project, after Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman. Nevertheless, the theatrical release for the Channing Tatum vehicle was pushed from Feb. 14, 2019, to June 7, 2019. Per THR, with the film's comedic tone and heist-related plot, insiders say it may perform better as a summer blockbuster.