In addition to Gambit losing its director, Fox’s Marvel line-up is getting a bit of a shake-up. Deadpool 2 is moving up its release and will now come out a week before Disney’s Han Solo film, moving from June 1st to May 18th. This is an interesting move, opening either a week before or a week after a big tentpole like Solo: A Star Wars Story, each has its own set of pros and cons.
If the Star Wars film has a good hold on the box office, Deadpool could be in a tough position opening on Solo’s 2nd weekend, however the other way around, the Han Solo film could decimate Deadpool’s 2nd weekend take. Neither is a really good position to be in, so I’m a little confused by this move.
New Mutants on the other hand, is getting a much larger shift. it’s being pushed back almost a full year, it’s moving from April 13th to February 22nd 2018. Some on the inside are claiming this may be due to not wanting Deadpool and New Mutants to overlap in the theaters since their international release dates would have been much closer together. 10 months is a huge change though, it makes me wonder if there might be more going on behind the scenes.
With Gambit losing its director, again, the film is indeed being pushed back. The film will now (we’ll see) open on June 7th, 2019 instead of its original February 19th position. Again, insiders are claiming this has more to do with the schedule, believing the film will perform better in the summer, but of course, it needs to be able to keep a director for that to happen.
In addition to all of these changes, we’re still waiting for the merger between Fox and Disney to be completed and to see how that may also affect the film slate going forward.