The ambitious journey to diversify the X-Men franchise for the silver screen has seemed to have found 20th Century Fox in a pickle. Both X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants have been delayed further, despite receiving new release dates in recent months.
According to an official announcement (via Screen Rant) made earlier today, X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been pushed forward from November 2, 2018, to February 14, 2019. This is the same time frame that was previously given to The New Mutants after it was delayed from April 13, 2018, to February 22, 2019. Unfortunately, The New Mutants will now release further down the line on August 2, 2019.
Taking into account how 20th Century Fox has been shuffling release dates a bit too often, it would not be rude to say that the new schedule could be subject to change as well.
There are at least eight new X-Men movies, including main adaptations and spinoffs, reportedly in the works. Deadpool 2 appears to be the only installment enroute this year on May 18, 2018.
In addition to X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants, there is also the ever-suffering Gambit project that was delayed previously into 2019 as well. It is completely possible that Gambit will slip further ahead, maybe even into 2020, having lost its third director in recent months.
The slate then shifts to several other projects that have surfaced recently. This includes a solo movie for Kitty Pryde, Silver Surfer, and Multiple Man. There is also Deadpool 3 and another main X-Men installment.
While many are speculating that the delays are because of the landmark acquisition by Disney for 20th Century Fox, there is word that X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants have been scheduled for multiple reshoots based on poor receptions garnered during early test screenings.