In a calendar shuffling that sees the release of "The Maze Runner: The Death Cure" delayed by nearly a year, Fox also moved a pair of untitled Marvel films, and staked out a date for James Cameron's long-promised "Alita: Battle Angel."
One untitled Fox/Marvel film moves from Jan. 12, 2018 to March 2, 2018, and the other shifts from July 13, 2018, to June 29, 2018.
The change moves the first release from the dead of winter, only to place its opening between that of Marvel's "Black Panther" (Feb. 16) and Warner Bros.' "The Flash" (March 16). The second release will now debut just ahead of Marvel's "Ant-Man and the Wasp" (July 6) and Warner Bros.' "Aquaman" (July 27).
But what are the two Fox/Marvel films? Sequels to "X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Deadpool" are certainly prime candidates, although "New Mutants" can't be discounted ("Gambit" seems more likely for October 2017). Or, hey, producer Simon Kinberg is still holding out hope for a "Fantastic Four" sequel.
Meanwhile, the James Cameron-produced, Robert Rodriguez-directed adaptation of the cyberpunk manga "Battle Angel Alita" is targeting a July 20, 2018 release date. That announcement comes just as a report surfaced that "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" star Rosa Salazar has been cast in the title role.