20th Century Fox has delayed two of their upcoming X-Men universe films, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants, to 2019 release dates. X-Men: Dark Phoenix moves from November 2, 2018 to February 14, 2019 and The New Mutants moves from February 22, 2019 to August 19, 2019.
While there is no real explanation why the films have been delayed, we suspect it might have something to do with the mixed reactions X-Men: Apocalypse received back in 2016. To ensure that X-Men: Dark Phoenix returns the franchise to its glory, the studio might be making a few changes and taking their time to get it perfect. Early reports have also indicated that, after the success of horror films in 2017, Fox is trying to make The New Mutants a lot scarier.
Of course, there’s also that Disney-Fox deal happening soon. Perhaps the delay has something to do with the X-Men finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At this point, it’s all a guessing game.