Deadpool’s shocked face should say it all.
Deadpool 2 is moving up to hit theaters a little sooner than previously anticipated. According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the anti-hero’s second adventure enters theaters on May 18 rather than June 1. What’s interesting is where this film picked to be released: nestled close to Avengers: Infinity War on May 4 and a week before Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25.
This move will put Deadpool 2 into a crowded slate of movies in May 2018. Along with the two films under the Disney umbrella, the Merc with a Mouth will go up against Sony’s horror film, Slender Man. Given the popularity of the first film, it’s all but certain that the sequel will take out the horror flick.
Of course, fans are excited about this move up the calendar. This sequel is one of the most anticipated flicks, and the publicity gained attention after the first teaser trailer dropped. The Bob Ross-inspired spoof by Ryan Reynolds showed the artistic range of his mercenary character, and fans devoured it with laughs and intrigue as to the mayhem this movie will have.
While they will win their release weekend, the main box office battle will be when Deadpool 2 comes across the galaxy far, far away. The spin-off is set to hit theaters a week after the anti-hero makes his return. While the standalone in the Star Wars anthology has yet to have a teaser trailer release, fans are looking forward to this journey after the success of Rogue One. That weekend battle will be interesting to see.
The release date shake-up is not the only thing that Fox announced. The studio also adjusted the premieres of two other superhero movies. The superhero horror film, The New Mutants, which has released a teaser trailer, got pushed back a year to capture a February 22, 2019 release date. Gambit, the X-men spin-off that just lost his director, will hit theaters on June 7, 2019. While Gambit is understandable, The New Mutants comes as a surprise. Maybe the recent Disney-Fox merger has something to do with it, but I’m sure we’ll find out in the coming weeks.
What do you all think about the release date shake-ups?