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No, X-Men: Dark Phoenix Hasn't Been Removed From Fox's Schedule

A rumor began circulating this morning that X-Men: Dark Phoenix had been removed from the 20th Century Fox website, sparking speculation the film has been dropped from the studio's release schedule. However, that's not the case, as the X-Men sequel was never on the site to begin with.

Although the "featured titles" page includes such upcoming releases as Alita: Battle Angel, arriving in December, and The New Mutants, premiering in August 2019, there's no need to be concerned by the lack of similar treatment for the next X-Men film. A Fox spokesperson confirmed to CBR that Dark Phoenix was never showcased on the site in the first place. The reason is simple: The images on that page serve as portals to the website of each movie, typically launched with the debut of the first trailer. And, while footage from Dark Phoenix was reportedly screened last month at CineEurope 2018, no trailer has been released.

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It's certainly understandable why fans might jump to conclusions about Dark Phoenix, considering the sequel 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, had previously been shuffled to Feb. 22, 2019, before ultimately landing on Aug. 2, 2019. But director Josh Boone's franchise spinoff had released its first trailer in October 2017, in anticipation of that original premiere date. That would explain why The New Mutants has a presence on the Fox website and Dark Phoenix does not.

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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.

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