The follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse has officially been pushed back. X-Men: Dark Phoenix was scheduled to hit theaters in November 2018, now the film has been pushed back to February 14, 2019.
The studio made the announcement late Monday night, as reported by Deadline, along with a few other shuffles. Bohemian Rhapsody (the Freddie Mercury biopic) will now open in Dark Phoenix‘s initial slot of Nov. 2, 2018, and The New Mutants (the next X-Men spin-off) has moved from Feb. 22, 2019 to Aug. 2, 2019.
The X-Men, including Jean Grey, Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), are heroes when the film begins and sent up to save some stranded astronauts. But a solar flare hits the X-Jet and all hell breaks loose. “Jean absorbs those solar flares and then hurls them back out into space,” explains director Simon Kinberg of the sequence shown in the above exclusive concept art. “That’s what triggers, awakens, creates this Phoenix force and voice inside her. What appears to the world to be another heroic victory by the X-Men in saving stranded people in space we realize is the thing that begins the unraveling of Jean and the unraveling of secrets Charles told her.”
Dark Phoenix takes place in 1992, which is 10 years after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse and sees the X-Men as celebrities. The team will consist of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), with Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) again leading the team.