Sorry, X-Men fans — looks like we have a while to wait until the next big screen adventure. Or scare-fest, for that matter. Those of you eagerly awaiting the latest installments of the film series, you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer. That’s right; 20th Century Fox has pushed back its release dates for X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which was originally supposed to hit theaters November 2, now has a February 14, 2019, opening, while The New Mutants, which was slated for a February 22, 2019, release, is now opening August 2, 2019. (And remember, The New Mutants was originally set to open this April.)
This is all part of a studio-wide rejiggering of several projects at Fox, so it doesn’t look as though these films are in any sort of trouble or being singled out. (Well, The New Mutants has been dealing with some turbulence.) Representatives from Fox could not immediately be reached for comment at press time.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix, a sequel to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, will loosely adapt the Chris Claremont-penned comic story about Jean Grey becoming an all-powerful and super-dangerous cosmic being.
Meanwhile, the story for Josh Boone’s The New Mutants spinoff film is based on the New Mutants comic arc “Demon Bear” (New Mutants #18-21) by Clairemont and Bill Sienkiewicz. Based on the trailer, this film looks more like a straight-up horror film than a superhero action flick. In fact, it looks to have more in common with the FX series Legion than the original Bryan Singer-helmed X-Men films.
So, while we wait for these delayed films, we’ve still got the very immediately forthcoming Deadpool 2 and the second season of the aforementioned Legion to get our mutant fix in the meantime.