This is not a drill, Marvelites!
A mere day after releasing the first theatrical trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, 20th Century Fox has shuffled the sequel's release date from February 14th to June 7th. This is apparently being done in an effort to capitalize on Chinese viewers, following a strong response to the trailer.
The studio has also shuffled the release date for Gambit, which will now leave its early June 2019 release date in favor of March 13th, 2020. Channing Tatum is still attached to star.
The new release date is just the latest in a series of setbacks that have plagued the spinoff for a few years now. Rupert Wyatt was originally set to direct the superhero film, but left in September 2015, causing production delays. In January, Fox announced that it would be pushed back from February 14th to June 7th following the departure of director Gore Verbinski.
But, it's not all bad news!
The studio is also releasing a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2.
Slated to hit the big screen on December 21st, this version will feature new footage and gags previously unseen in the theatrical version released this past summer - which carried an R rating.
Star Ryan Reynolds teased said project earlier today with a tweet that featured an image of the famed Mouthy Marvel Merc in a scene reminiscent of the opening of Princess Bride.
Thoughts? ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/fFe93tDI7e— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) September 28, 2018
What do you think, Infinite Earths fans?
Also of note, Fox has also shuffled the release date of Alita to February 14th, moving the highly anticipated science fiction flick from a very crowded holiday slot.
Be sure to mark your calendars accordingly.
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