The Disney merger with 21st Century Fox has officially been completed, giving Disney the rights to (among other things) much of the remaining Marvel Universe. However, there are two X-Men films produced by Fox that still need to be released. While Dark Phoenix is set to arrive this summer, the fate of the Josh Boone-written/directed New Mutants is less clear.
According to THR, Disney has yet to decide what to do with the film. One possibility would be to release the movie as initially planned. The New Mutants currently has a scheduled release date of Aug. 2. However, rumors have circulated that the film requires reshoots before it can be released, which would make the summer release date more unlikely. Those reshoots were announced last year, but no schedule has been given for the additional production time.
Another possibility that has been floated amidst the company suggests the film will still be released, but not in theaters. Instead, The New Mutants could arrive via streaming services such as Hulu (which Disney gained a majority stake in with the Fox merger) or its own upcoming service, Disney+.
The New Mutants is something of a genre curveball for the franchise, with last year's trailer setting it up as a superhero/horror hybrid. It's currently unknown how and when the final film in the original X-Men franchise that began in 2000 will see the light of day.
The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy (Atlantis) as Magik, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Dani Moonstar and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot. The film is scheduled to be released on Aug. 2.