The Dark Phoenix X-Men movie has been delayed AGAIN

And a mysterious new Deadpool movie has popped up…

Sophie Turner in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Only days after dropping its first trailer, upcoming X-Men movie Dark Phoenix has seen its release date delayed for a second time, shifting from a planned February 14th release to June according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Considering the film was ORIGINALLY slated to be released this November before being delayed once before, X-Men fans have a particularly long wait to see the fate of Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey and her teammates – and it’s not the only movie to be shuffled around by studio 20th Century Fox.

Robert Rodriguez’ Alita: Battle Angel is being pushed from December 21 to February 14 – Dark Phoenix’s former release date – while the long-gestating Gambit project from Channing Tatum (which was once, believe it or not, set for release in 2016) shifts from June 7 (when Dark Phoenix will now be released) to March 13, 2020.

Still, it’s not all bad news for fans of superheroes – because taking over Alita’s December 21 slot is a surprise untitled Deadpool movie, which many fans believe will be a recut of this year’s Deadpool 2, perhaps with a more child-friendly focus.

Why? Well, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds released a picture of himself in a Santa hat reading a bedtime story to Fred Savage (including a hand-drawn picture of Deadpool 2 baddie Juggernaut), aping Savage’s role in classic fairy-tale The Princess Bride, and possibly implying that a “retold” version of Deadpool is in the works.

But overall this reshuffle is not a good sign for Dark Phoenix, which has been troubled by delays and reshoots during its production, and was still touting its February release date just a couple of days ago when the first trailer was released.

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And given that rival studio Marvel will soon be snapping up Fox (and therefore its superhero properties), it remains to be seen just how long this particular franchise of X-Men will be kept around if Marvel decide to add the mutant heroes to their cinematic universe.