With Disney and Fox shareholders approving the looming acquisition, rumors began to swirl that Fox's upcoming X-Men-centric movies were being canceled as Marvel Studios wanted a fresh start with the Mutantverse.
Well, while those whispers were taken with a grain of salt, we now know for sure that X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants will indeed be playing in IMAX theatres.
IMAX released its quarterly earnings report, providing investors with the upcoming slate of movies, and this 2019 forecast has X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants included with their respective release dates. The unsubstantiated rumors suggested the films could be released on home video someday as the Marvel Cinematic Universe wanted to distance itself from them.
But, as we can see, this isn't the case, with the release dates being the same as the last shuffle Fox arranged. Dark Phoenix was moved in March from its original release date of Nov. 2, 2018, to Feb. 14, 2019. The New Mutants, originally targeted for release April 13 of this year, was previously shifted to Feb. 22, 2019, before ultimately landing on Aug. 2, 2019.
Josh Boone’s franchise spinoff released its first trailer in October 2017, in anticipation of that original premiere date, while Dark Phoenix has only screened footage at CineEurope 2018. Reshoots have been planned for Boone's film to up the horror factor, as well as for Simon Kinberg's directorial debut which is centered on yet another take on Jean Grey and the Phoenix.
Written and directed by franchise veteran Simon Kinberg, X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Alexandra Ship as Storm, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler.
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.