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Just what is going on with those X-Men: Dark Phoenix reshoots? In March this year, X-Men fans were taken aback when Fox chose to push back the release dates for both X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants in spite of the fact that promotion and marketing for the two films was already underway. Both films needed to undergo reshoots and additional photography, which isn’t unusual in the post-production phase, but it is unusual for reshoots to be so extensive or complex that the film has to be delayed.

Since then, the internet has been buzzing with rumors and speculation about the scale of these reshoots. This speculation hasn’t exactly been charitable, since Fox’s X-Men movies have generally been hit-and-miss, often struggling with behind-the-scenes drama. Given Disney’s proposed merger with 21st Century Fox, audiences can be forgiven for assuming that these last two troubled productions will be the end of the X-Men franchise, which will then be folded into the MCU.

But is production of X-Men: Dark Phoenix really quite so troubled as is commonly assumed? With the recent announcement that reshoots have begun, now is the perfect time to try and separate fact from exaggeration. Here’s what we know.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix was originally scheduled to release on November 2 this year, but in March Fox made the unexpected decision to push back the release date to February 14, 2019. This served as something of a PR disaster for the studio at the time – not least because there was also news of a far more dramatic delay to Josh Boone’s New Mutants.

It’s generally believed there are two reasons for the delayed release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The first is simply a matter of timing. There had long been rumors that director Simon Kinberg wasn’t comfortable with the November release date, which would see the superhero film compete against Disney’s four-quadrant movie Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Fox has wisely moved the tentpole X-Men film to the Presidents Day weekend, which proved successful for Deadpool and Black Panther.

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