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'Deadpool 2' Is Now Premiering Two Weeks Earlier Than Expected

The Merc with the Mouth is getting a head start on summer. Deadpool 2, the anticipated sequel to 2016’s Deadpool, is now hitting theaters two weeks earlier than its previous June 1 release date, as it’ll now open on May 18. Two other X-Men movies, Gambit and New Mutants, have also rescheduled.

On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter, revealed that 21st Century Fox is moving the theatrical release for Deadpool 2 up to May 18, just a week before Disney releases the Han Solo movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. Meanwhile, Josh Boone’s mutant horror film New Mutants has been pushed back 10 months. Originally slated for April 13, New Mutants will now premiere February 22, 2019. The reason, THR says, is to avoid overlap as New Mutants and Deadpool 2 would have been released at the same time in international markets.

Gambit, the pet project of Channing Tatum that just saw its latest director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Carribbean) exit production, has also been pushed from February 13, 2019 to June 7, 2019. THR says Fox believes Gambit, which is said to have “a heavy comedic tone,” would fare better as a summer movie than a late winter/early spring release.

Deadpool 2 star Ryan Reynolds confirmed the new release date on Twitter, once again showing off his beloved katanas “Bea” and “Arthur.”

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These are all big changes for Fox’s X-Men franchises, all of them appear from the outside to be smart and precautionary rather than as signs trouble behind the scenes, although a source told TheWrap that New Mutants isn’t scary enough. Still, Fox seems super confident in the power of Deadpool, proven when the first film had an outstanding box office performance — a gross of more than $780 million worldwide — in the middle of a dead cold February 2016.

While New Mutants is now a year and a month away as opposed to just four months out, the move is strategic: Fox doesn’t want to flood the box office with tertiary X-Men properties. This leaves energy and focus for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is still on tap for November 2.

Deadpool 2 will now be released on May 18.

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'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Needs to Answer This Mystery About Ben

Netflix introduced your next superhero obsession with one of its latest original series, The Umbrella Academy, but there’s a major mystery surrounding one of its main characters. What happened to Ben/The Horror? Not even the original comics hold the answer, but Umbrella Academy Season 2 might.

Spoilers for The Umbrella Academy Season 1 below.

'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Release Date, Trailer, Plot, and More

The superheroes of The Umbrella Academy have work to do to save the world.

A new group of superheroes just arrived on Netflix in The Umbrella Academy, and maybe you decided to use the holiday weekend to binge all 10 episodes of Season 1. If you did, you’re probably wondering when you’ll get to see Umbrella Academy Season 2 and the resolution to that insane cliffhanger.

Why Dany’s Pregnancy Would Be a Curse in 'Game of Thrones' Season 8

Cersei Lannister’s pregnancy is sure to be a major plot point in Game of Thrones Season 8, but she’s not the only queen who could be carrying a child in the HBO show’s final season. Fans have speculated that Daenerys Targaryen might be pregnant, too, after sleeping with Jon Snow (aka her nephew) in the Season 7 finale. This could be good news for her claim to the Iron Throne, but it might also spell doom for Dany and everyone else involved. Here’s why.

Netflix March 2019: Here's What's New and What's Leaving

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After an exciting February filled with dragons, superheroes, and Groundhog Day nightmares, Netflix will keep the momentum going in March 2019 with new shows, movies, and the return of a few popular original series. Of course, there’s also some old favorites leaving the streaming service that you may want to watch before the end of the month.

Where to Find the Secret Battle Star in 'Fortnite' Season 7, Week 9

You'll have to look in Santa's sleigh.

There’s a new secret Snowfall loading screen for Fortnite: Battle Royale’s Season 7 Week 7, and it sends players hunting for a secret battle star in Santa’s sleigh — sort of.

Week 9 began Thursday morning, and for anyone looking to hunt down the secrets from this week’s Snowfall loading screen, we’ve got all the information right here, including a video guide from YouTuber garandhero. (Be sure to check out his YouTube page for even more Fortnite videos).