Everyone was excited to learn yesterday that Star Wars: Episode VIII has been given an official release date of May 26, 2017. Everyone except 20th Century Fox, who earlier in the year had already moved their upcoming sequel The Fantastic Four 2 to June 2. The studio, fearing the juggernaut that is Disney's Star Wars franchise, one that in fact used to belong to them, decided it was best to move The Fantastic Four 2 as far away as possible.

The Fantastic Four 2 didn't move too far away, though. It was only bumped up one week to June 9, 2017. While this doesn't seem like a drastic move on Fox's part, it does give their superhero sequel room to breath, after Star Wars 8 has enjoyed two, what will probably be very lucrative, weekends to itself. As of yet, Warner Bros. has not said they are moving The LEGO Batman Movie, which shares Star Wars 8's May 26 release date. And Disney Pixar's Toy Story 4 is still opening on June 4, which won't likely change.

The first Fantastic Four reboot opens this August. The film is a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team. The story centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

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