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‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Bumped Back to February 2019, Bumping Others Back Further

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brian-mcgee - March 27, 2018

When last we heard, X-Men: Dark Phoenix was gearing up for a release this November and The New Mutants—which was originally scheduled to open in three weeks—was booked into next February's superhero slot. Well, now it's all going topsy-turvy again as 20th Century Fox is all discombobulated and confused and perhaps even frightened about their future.

According to Deadline, it all starts with Fox's Freddie Mercury biopic stupidly titled Bohemian Rhapsody moving from Christmas Day to November 2 of this year. That was originally set to be Dark Phoenix's release date, but now that shifts to February 14, 2019. February has proven a goldmine for comic book movies in even numbered years with 2016's Deadpool and this year's Black Panther. Now let's see if that same momentum can be achieved in an odd numbered year. Something tells me it's not going to be the runaway success both of those flicks were, but it'll do alright.

This of course presented another problem for a CBM in the form of Josh Boone's The New Mutants. It's new February date puts it in direct competition with Dark Phoenix, so now they'll roll the flick out on August 2 of next year, the best release date it's had so far. I'd give it until the end of the day tomorrow before we find out that Dark Phoenix is deeply troubled and the studio isn't happy with it, or something. Trust me.

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