X-Men- Deadpool 2 Moves Up Release Date; The New Mutants Pushes to 2019


In the wake of the Disney/Fox merger, which sees all of Fox's film division, including the X-Men, go to Disney, three X-Men related properties are set to come out this year. The New Mutants, the long in development Josh Boone project, is hitting theaters on April 13th. Deadpool 2 comes out on June 1st, with X-Men: Dark Phoenix releasing on November 2nd. This is the first time a single studio has put out three comic book movies in one year. Marvel technically did last year, but I don't really count that since Spider-Man: Homecoming was a joint effort by both Marvel and Sony. So with The New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fox is set to release three major films in one year. And this could be the end of the X-Men universe as we know it, since Disney has shown interest in rebooting the franchise and incorporating it into their already established Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, new release dates have been issued to some of Fox's 2018 releases, shaking things up, and bringing a lot of things into question. Deadpool 2 has moved to May 18th, releasing just one week before Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters. And, more substantially, The New Mutants has pushed back ten months to February 22nd, 2019. 

I'll get the Deadpool 2 news out of the way first. I thought June was too prime of a spot for the film already. Part of why Deadpool was so commercially successful was because it didn't have much competition in February when it came out. I don't think Deadpool 2 can be as successful competing with the summer blockbusters, and I thought that was true when it was coming out in June. Now that it's coming out in May, I'm really worried for its box office potential. I don't think Solo: A Star Wars Story is going to be as big of a box office behemoth as its predecessors, but I do think it will certainly take a major dent out of Deadpool 2's gross. We saw this happen over the summer with War for the Planet of the Apes coming out the week after Spider-Man: Homecoming, and it took a hit for that. I'm glad this move happened from a personal standpoint, because we get to see the movie a month earlier, but I just don't know how this is a smart decision financially. Now, in terms of The New Mutants, Fox is saying this shift happened because they don't want too many releases in 2018. That's bullshit. If they didn't want to put out three movies in 2018, they would have changed it months ago. This is because they are looking at a nearly finished film, if not already done, and they don't like it. They are pushing The New Mutants back so that they can try to fix it. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I take issue with them coming up with a bullshit reason to cover it up. There is no other reason a studio would push a movie back ten months if not to try to fix it. Hopefully they can rectify the film. I am very interested in seeing The New Mutants, and I want it to be good. It does concern me that they dislike it so much that they would move it back almost a full year, but, on the bright side, this gives them ample time to fix the movie. We'll just have to wait and see how it all turns out.


What do you think? Do you think Deadpool 2 will struggle coming out in May? Do you buy Fox's rationale for pushing The New Mutants? Do you like the new release dates for both films? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nathanael Molnár
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