– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Looks like Fox is shaking things up. According to a report from THR, the studio has shuffled around the release date for three of their Marvel films.

First up, Deadpool 2 is getting push FORWARD from its June 1 date to May 18. This puts it one week before Solo: A Star Wars Story, instead of one week AFTER. Perhaps they felt that they’d perform better if they pre-empt the Star Wars spinoff there. It also pits the film against Slender Man, but we’re not sure just how much crossover audience there is there.

The New Mutants, which was originally slated to hit this April 13, has been pushed back a whopping 10 months to February 22, 2019. Sadly, we don’t know the reason why. As it stands, that April date had very little competition.

Perhaps the studio doesn’t like what they see in the horror-filled adaptation, or perhaps they realized that Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage is coming out only a week later. As we saw late last year, his Jumanji film managed to even slow down the likes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We’ll see if there are any reports of heavy reshoots in the months to come, because 10 months is a long time. Another possibility is that February is a much more horror-friendly date than April. But again, we’ll have to wait and see.

Finally, Gambit gets pushed from February 14, 2019 to June 7, 2019 — around four months or so. This last one makes sense since we just heard that Gambit director Gore Verbinski had exited due to scheduling conflicts. This gives them a few months to find a good fit.

One other big note here is that the Gambit film is described as having a heavy comedic tone, and that it revolves around a heist. Given the character (as well as star Channing Tatum’s comedic skills), this actually makes me a little bit excited about the prospect of a Gambit flick.

What do you think these date changes mean for Fox and Marvel? Let us know down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.