Disney’s acquisition of Fox is expected to be completed by mid-2019 at the latest and based on the newly announced release dates for X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants, there’s a very good chance that deal will have gone through by the time they reach theaters. Originally set for release on November 2nd, 2018, Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix is now slated for February 14th, 2019.
That’s a fairly huge delay and could possibly be due to the fact that the movie reportedly makes use of a great deal of VFX. There could be any number of reasons for this release date change, including issues with the finished product or Fox being more confident with a February debut for the Marvel movie.
As for The New Mutants, it’s already been moved from April 13th, 2018 to February 22nd, 2019 to accommodate reshoots adding more horror elements and another character but now won’t be released until August 2nd, 2019. Disney will probably own Fox by then so it’s quite possible that it’ll never actually reach theaters and possibly go straight to home release. For now, though, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next.
The more horror-themed take on the superhero genre is set to follow young mutants Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Sunspot and Mirage as learn to deal with their abilities.
Star Anya Taylor-Joy (Illyana Rasputin/Magik) recently admitted she is disappointed with 20th Century Fox’s decision to push back The New Mutants by 10 whole months.
Speaking to The Playlist, Anya said that the only thing she could say “without being in trouble” was that she felt it was “disappointing, frustrating in fact” to accept the delay.
“We were all very excited for it to be released on April 13, and I don’t mean just disappointing for me… I’m sure there are a lot of other fans that were looking forward to seeing it,” she added.
Disappointed she may be, but was also keen to stress that despite being a bit of a bummer, the delay and the subsequent reshoots are actually for the best.
“I do think that there is a great responsibility to make sure the movie is done right and that we deliver the fans something that they can all feel happy about and excited about,” she explained.
“So, I don’t think it being delayed is a bad thing because it’s definitely more important to make sure that we get it right than rushing to make a date.
“So, hopefully, all of these reshoots and adding of the new character that will give the fans an altogether satisfactory, wonderful product,” Anya offered.
Anya’s not the only one who feels that way, with co-star Maisie Williams also recently saying that giving the film more time is ‘a good idea’.
“We’re not so strapped and up against it [this way],” she said. “It gives us time – it gives me time to get to know the project once it’s finalised.”
So what are your thoughts on these delays? Are you excited for either of these films?