While Magneto has been used multiple times as their greatest foe, the true enemy of Fox’s line of X-Men films is time. Originally the studio was set to roll out three different films this year that would fit into the growing mutant focused franchise but that is no longer the case.
20th Century Fox has postponed both X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants once again, according to Variety. Dark Phoenix is being moved from it’s November 2 release date this year to a new February 14, 2019 date while The New Mutants is being pushed out of it’s February 22, 2019 space to six months later on August 2, 2019.
That means that the film to focus on young mutants has now been delayed 16 months, as it was originally supposed to be released on April 13 this year before it was pushed back to the 2019 date reportedly for reshoots and addition of an entirely new character. Both films finished their filming sometime ago, with Dark Phoenix having officially finished back in October 2017.
Dark Phoenix’s move is because the studio has decided to give that November 2 date to their Freddy Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which was originally directed by former X-Men director and producer Bryan Singer.
May’s Deadpool 2 is now the lone remaining X-Men related film on the docket for Fox this year, having moved itself earlier this year out of a June release spot into the early May one after New Mutants had been delayed.
With questions already on the minds of many in the audience about the future of the X-Men films should Disney’s deal to buy 20th Century Fox move forward, the delays likely won’t soothe those concerns anytime soon.