X-Men Dark Phoenix And Alita Battle Angel Release Dates Move To 2019

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

by Ben Travis |
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Last week was a big one for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, finally releasing its first trailer, showing off those shiny comic-style super-suits, and teasing a cosmic expedition for the long-running mutant saga. But if you were excited about seeing the film in just a couple of months’ time, you’ll now have much more of a wait on your hands – the proposed February release has now been shifted back a few months until the summer. There’s no official UK date yet, but the US is now getting Dark Phoenix (the ‘X-Men’ has been dropped from the title in the States) on 7 June.

That’s not the only 20th Century Fox film that’s been shuffled around – Alita: Battle Angel, the Robert Rodriguez-directed, James Cameron-produced epic anime adaptation was originally slated for release just before Christmas, but it’s now moved to X-Men: Dark Phoenix’s previous 14 February 2019 slot. The move should give Alita a little less competition – a bunch of major films are hitting the big screen around Christmas this year without the behemoth of Star Wars to contend with, including Mary Poppins Returns, Bumblebee, and Aquaman.

Alita: Battle Angel

In all the shifting around, an unexpected extra addition has been made to Fox’s schedule – yet another cut of Deadpool 2, which at this rate will have more alternate versions than Blade Runner. According to Deadline, filling the old Alita slot will be a PG-13 edit of Deadpool 2, which is rumoured to riff on The Princess Bride and see Deadpool himself reading a storybook to a (now grown-up) Fred Savage. That theory is backed up by this pic posted on Ryan Reynolds’ Twitter.

Deadpool 2 – Princess Bride / Fred Savage

The new version would follow-up the Super Duper Cut, which was released on Blu-ray and digital on the film's home release.

Plenty of jumping around, then – but it’s heartening to see X-Men: Dark Phoenix get a more prestigious summer launch even if it means yet another delay, and for Alita: Battle Angel to escape the heavyweight box office battle that’s set to rumble this December.

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