X-Men: Dark Phoenix delayed until 2019, The New Mutants pushed back
It looks as though we'll have to wait a little longer for the return of X-Men; the release of the next chapter in the saga, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, was scheduled to appear in November this year, but Fox have announced today that the release date has now been pushed back to February 14th 2019.
This came alongside the news that The New Mutants, the other X-Men movie Fox currently has in the works, will also now be delayed, presumably to avoid a clash with the main franchise instalment. The Josh Boone-directed X-men spin-off had been due to arrive in cinemas on February 22nd next year, but The New Mutants has now been given a new release date of August 19th 2019.
Fox haven't given any specific reason for the delay to X-Men: Dark Phoenix, but director Simon Kinberg has said that he is determined to learn from what he felt were mistakes made in the film's predecessor, X-Men: Apocalypse, so it perhaps isn't surprising that he's taking his time to get his movie right: “It became about global destruction and visual effects over emotion and character”, he told Entertainment Weekly, with producer Hutch Parker adding: “In hindsight, we all feel like the genre has been evolving aesthetically and tonally and that the film didn’t. There’s a lot that I think is very good in the film but, as a whole, it was struggling to find ways to coalesce, narratively emotionally and in terms of plot. Aesthetically, it felt sort of dated relative to an evolution you were seeing play out everywhere else. We learned a lot from that.”
The New Mutants meanwhile will add a new twist to the X-men narrative, with Fox having stated that they wanted to make the film "scarier". Anya Taylor-Joy will star in Josh Boone's film alongside Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams, Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton and Queen of the South's Alice Braga. You can find a trailer for The New Mutants below...