Fox’s X-Men spinoffs have reportedly seen several release changes.
Fox’s upcoming slate of X-Men spinoff films have all seen release date shifts, including a major delay for New Mutants and an earlier release date for Deadpool 2.
THR reports Deadpool 2 will now be released in theaters on May 18 rather than June 1, which puts it opposite Sony Pictures’ Slenderman and one week ahead of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Meanwhile, New Mutants, which Fox previously had slated for an April 13 release, will now not hit theaters until February 22, 2019. With many estimations expecting the Fox-Disney merger to take about 12 months to be vetted and either approved or denied, it is unclear what would happen to New Mutants should the deal close before its release.
Lastly, Gambit has been pushed from a Feb. 14, 2019 release to June 7, 2019. Reports earlier today announced director Gore Verbinski left the solo Gambit film ,but Channing Tatum is still attached to star. THR reports the reasoning for the date shift is studio insiders believe the film will serve better as a summer Marvel tentpole release rather than an early year film. Again, it’s unclear what might happen to Gambit given its release date after the possible Disney-Fox merger. Though IGN has taken a look at seven ways the MCU could include the X-Men
IGN has reached out to Fox for comment on the reported release date changes.
Deadpool 2’s producer recently spoke about how the film likely won’t replace T.J. Miller despite harassment accusations against the actor.
For more on X-Men’s future, read IGN’s take on how the Fox-Disney merger could mean as a loss for unique spins on the X-Men universe.
Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.