Have you seen the new X-Men: Dark Phoenix trailer? Did you like it? Well, if you were looking forward to it’s February release… you’re going to have to wait a while longer.
If you hadn’t seen the trailer, you have now (most likely, you hit play right?). So what did you think of it? As a big X-Men fan myself, I thought it was okay. It definitely seemed better put together than the abysmal X-Men: The Last Stand, but not by much. For some reason I couldn’t get away from the feeling that it had a kind of low-rent feel to it. Like a direct-to-video release. Who knows, maybe it will be.
That’s hyperbole of course, but maybe not all that much. There’ve been rumbles that Dark Phoenix would be the last X-Men film from Fox for a few months now. The rumor goes something along the lines of the franchise getting rebooted, and then re-starting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’ve got to believe that’s coming at some point here, and sooner than later is only a smart move by new Fox owner Disney.
Keep that in mind, because the film has been delayed, and by more than a few weeks. At the end of that trailer, you saw a Valentine’s Day release date. That’s no longer the case though. Just day after the trailer dropped, Fox has announced that the movie will be pushed… to June 7th. That’s almost right at the start of the peak release season for movies, when blockbuster after blockbuster hits theaters.
More X in 2020
In a related move, Fox’ Gambit solo film has also been pushed back. The Channing Tatum-starring movie was originally set for the Dark Phoenix date of the 7th, but will now come out on March 13th of 2020. Another heavy delay.
Some interesting moves here to be sure, and ones that might belay some possibly very interesting behind-the-scenes moves from Disney. Could these delays mean alterations, to tailor the X-Men series to adaptation to the MCU? No one is saying that right now, but it would make sense.