Fox has reshuffled the release dates for three of its upcoming X-Men projects, including sequel "Deadpool 2," the horror-infused "New Mutants," and "Gambit" starring Channing Tatum.
The move has "Deadpool 2" released on the same day as Sony's "Slender Man" and one week before Disney's upcoming Star Wars spinoff prequel, "Solo: A Star Wars Story."
The "Deadpool" sequel, from director David Leitch, will also feature Josh Brolin as time-traveling mutant Cable and Zazie Beetz as mercenary domino.
The first trailer for the actioner featured Deadpool channeling Bob Ross as he put together a few detailed paintings.
The delay is for Fox to avoid having "New Mutants" and "Deadpool 2" in theaters at the same time in certain international markets, noted The Hollywood Reporter, citing insiders.
"New Mutants," from director Josh Boone, trades in X-Men's Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters for an insane asylum and stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt and Alice Braga.
The new summer 2019 date comes after director Gore Verbinski exited the film on Thursday. A replacement director has not been announced.
"Gambit," written by Josh Zetumer, will feature Tatum in the title role, a New Orleans native known for manipulating kinetic energy and using a deck of playing cards as weapons.