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When ‘Dark Phoenix‘, the final X-Men movie to likely be released through Fox before Marvel Studios gets the rights back to mutants, was pushed back a year, there were a lot of rumors as to why that was. While Simon Kinberg recently spoke at the Comic-Con Experience in Brazil and expressed that it was just to tighten all of the post-production work going into the film, we’ve had years of theories as to why the delays happened. Poorly received test screenings and Sophie Turner‘s schedule to shooting the final season of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ were two of the more popular theories as to this delay, but Kinberg stresses that this isn’t the case at all.

When talking about why Fox ended up pushing back the release date he explained:

“Movies get pushed all the time. I remember JJ [Abrams] pushed Star Trek a year, then he pushed Star Wars a year, and those movies turned out great, and our movie’s turned out great as well. We really wanted to wait until the visual effects…the biggest challenge of this movie in terms of time is visual effects. There’s a lot of visual effects in this movie. They’re really intricate, more intricate than we’ve ever had in these films, partly because it goes into outer space and that’s hard to render. And the movie will be done in actually just a couple of months, and you look at the calendar and you start to see competitively where the best place for it to be released would be, the best time, and the studio felt like it warranted a big summer blockbuster release because it became, despite its intimacy, a very big-scale film. So we started looking at summer, and that was the perfect date for it in the summer.”

While some may question how accurate it is that Fox would allow for such a long delay to finalize post-production work, this will likely also be the last “X-Men” movie that the studio releases and hopefully they want to go out with a bang. Marvel Studios will likely be rebooting everything mutant related that isn’t part of the future “Deadpool” movies, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the execs at Fox who have worked with the franchise over the years wanted to end things on a high note.

Do you feel that this post-production extension is the real reason that ‘Dark Phoenix’ was delayed? If it was, are you happy that Fox is allowing the production team the proper time to deliver a visual feast for audiences? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!

‘Dark Phoenix’ will rise in your local theaters on June 7th, 2019!

Source: Comic Book