To the surprise of perhaps one person, the long-delayed New Mutants has been delayed yet again. The signs were there that Josh Boone's adaptation wasn't going to meet the rescheduled August 2019 date. No new trailer, no updates from the director, but it did feature as part of the line-up of Marvel titles at Disney's CineCon Presentation last month. Owing to the wealth of new Marvel projects in development, Disney doesn't know where New Mutants fits into their plans, but for now, they're pushing the release to April 3, 2020.
The final 'completed' Marvel movie from 20th Century Fox before the Disney buyout has had a difficult time getting into cinemas despite the early promise of the teaser trailer. New Mutants was initially set for an April 2018 release, but as we all know, that didn't transpire. The strong reaction to the horror laced trailer that features Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, and Blu Hunt, as a group of young mutants held in a secret institute overseen by the mysterious Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga). The trailer leaned heavy into the psychological horrors young mutants experience when coming to grips with their abilities, and fans were excited. Then a funny thing happened, the movie was suddenly delayed by ten months to allow for reshoots, but February 2019 came and went with no New Mutants in cinemas.
The rescheduled release date was set for August 2019, but cast members Anya Taylor-Joy, and Maisie Williams separately revealed that the reshoots had yet to take place. Woah there, the very reason New Mutants got delayed was to do reshoots, and two years on from the start of production and additional filming hasn't happened? That isn't a huge sign of confidence in the project.
To be completely balanced we need to take into consideration that the Fox/Disney deal has likely played some role in the lack of movement on getting New Mutants finished. Unlike the equally troubled X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is a big budget tentpole release, New Mutants is a smaller affair that was meant to be the first part of a horror-infused trilogy. Now that Marvel Studios has the rights to all the X-Men characters, they'll want to introduce mutants into the MCU in a way that feels organic. Spider-Man: Far From Home seemingly brings the idea of the multiverse into the MCU, which could be the key to how the X-Men make their way into future Phases.
Dark Phoenix has already been confirmed as the Endgame of the entire X-Men franchise as we know it, with the single exception of Deadpool. Arguably, Disney could easily release New Mutants on Disney+ or Hulu; the reshoots could incorporate elements of the MCU to retrofit the film to exist in that world. On the other hand, Disney could just as easily cut their losses and shelve the movie indefinitely. Like they have done with the long-gestating Gambit that had Channing Tatum signed on to star and produce.
X-Men: Dark Pheonix is released on June 5.