Ever since Disney bought out 20th Century Fox for $52.4 billion on December 18 of last year, everyone has been freaking out about it, especially when it comes to the future of Fox properties in Mickey Mouse’s hands but more specifically, in this case, it’s Marvel properties.
Now, before the merger was even discussed, Fox had 2018 all planned out when it comes to their Marvel movies. The New Mutants was supposed to come out April 13, Deadpool 2 was scheduled for June 1 and the long-awaited Gambit wasn’t going to come out in 2018, but it was supposed to finally drop on February 14, 2019.
But on the 11th of January, this schedule would not be the same. There have been some speculating and blaming Disney for the change in plans, but when in actuality Disney has nothing to do with the matter. Disney still doesn’t have the rights to control Fox properties for another year (maybe two). So, this whole switch of plans is on Fox and Fox only.
So, let’s see what’s changed.
Let’s start off with the least impactful change. Deadpool 2 was set to release on June 1st but has been changed to May 18th, almost a month earlier. While most casual audiences and fans of the Merc with a Mouth will be excited about this change, some are concerned over the fact that the film could be crushed in the box office. With the change, the movie will be in between Avengers: Infinity War two weeks before and Solo: A Star Wars Story a week after. Two of the biggest movies of the year have Deadpool 2 in the middle, which could lose Fox a deal of money over the change.
Another not so important change was made with Gambit‘s release date (no surprise there). But this time the change was over Gore Verbinski leaving the project as the director for his own reasons and the film has yet to find a replacement, now with that, Gambit will be released from February 14, 2019, to June 7, 2019
THE NEW MUTANTS
Finally, the biggest and most baffling change of all was The New Mutants which was set to release April 13th, literally only three months from now, to February 22, 2019… A year. Now, there has only been one statement released about this huge rescheduling that says the film was shown to a test audience and said it wasn’t ‘scary’ enough. In my own opinion, that’s not the case. The film has a trailer, an official poster, and most importantly it was only months away. I specifically was so excited for this film, but this change has to make you wonder that there might be more problems than what they’ve told us. I seriously doubt that it takes a year of reshoots to make the film scarier.
So, hopefully, this cleared up all the knowledge of Fox’s plans with it’s Marvel movies this year.