Even though 20th Century Fox had a couple rough years with its superhero properties — Fantastic Four flopped and X-Men: Apocalypse underwhelmed — they came back strong with the double whammy of Deadpool and Logan. Now they're preparing for three more years of Marvel blockbusters.
We already knew Fox is working on Deadpool 2, New Mutants and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, but a new piece of information indicates that fans are in for an even bigger treat. Today, the Exhibitor Relations Twitter page revealed that Fox had slated six untitled #Marvel movies from 2019 all the way up to 2021.
The dates are:
- June 7, 2019
- November 22, 2019
- March 13, 2020
- June 26, 2020
- October 2, 2020
- March 5, 2021
Figuring out which movie fits for each release date can be difficult with very little information at our disposal. But we have five likely candidates that are already in development:
1. Deadpool 3
There's a lot of love for the Merc with a Mouth, and Fox has made it clear that Deadpool is going to be a major player in the X-universe going forward. While there understandably hasn't been much announced about this movie — since #Deadpool2 is just beginning filming — it's a sure bet that a third entry will be fast-tracked, especially if the first sequel has the same kind of success as its predecessor.
2. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
With #DarkPhoenix, Fox is finally delving into the out-there, cosmic comic book aspects that have proved to be incredibly successful for the MCU. The studio could be hoping for Dark Phoenix to both revitalize the main team of mutants and set up movies with new characters at the farthest reaches of the galaxy — y'know, guarding it.
3. Fantastic Four (Kid-Friendly Version)
Early in June, a new Fantastic Four movie was rumored to be in development, focusing on Richard and Valeria Richards, the children of the Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic. While that's unconfirmed so far, X-Men producer Simon Kinberg expressed his eagerness to give the #FantasticFour franchise another go during an interview with Collider:
"We would love to make another 'Fantastic' Four movie. We really believe in that cast, and I think the lessons that we learned would help us make a more consistent movie than we did the first time."
If it's true, Fox has a very short timeframe before the F4 rights revert back to #Marvel. So if the studio wants to act, now would be the time.
X-Force is one of those superhero movies that never seems to be able to get off the ground, but now that Josh Brolin has been cast as Cable, it's much more likely. Ryan Reynolds mentioned last year during an interview with Filmstarts that X-Force was his priority:
"In the future, if we’re doing a bunch more 'Deadpool' movies, we’re gonna really explore the X-Men a lot. And maybe 'X-Force.' 'X-Force' is really my priority. I really want to get that in."
A year later, in February of 2017, it was reported that Joe Carnahan had been hired as director, with Ryan Reynolds attached to co-write the scrupt. We know Fox intends to use the Merc with a Mouth as set up for the movie. Deadpool 2 is less than a year away, so it's not unreasonable to assume the studio's laying the groundwork for X-Force.
Out of all the entries on this list, this feels like the unlikeliest to ever hit theaters. Gambit has gone through a worrying amount of production problems, including various delays and the loss of a director. Still, #SimonKinberg says Fox still wants it to happen, telling Comicbook.com earlier this year:
"It's in active development. It's a movie that we hope will be ready to go by the end of this year and shoot next year [...]The process has been that Channing [Tatum] is as determined about getting the character right as Ryan Reynolds was about Deadpool and Hugh [Jackman] was about this Logan movie."
That, paired with the fact that #ChanningTatum is supposedly still attached as the titular protagonist, makes the Ragin' Cajun's solo adventure a possibility.
The reason I only listed five options is that those are the projects we know — or are at least rumored — to be in development. It's clear by the number of release dates that there are many more projects we don't yet know about. Now, it's exciting to speculate on what's going on, but as we've seen in the past, setting a release date doesn't necessarily mean a movie will happen, so we'll have to keep our expectations in check.
Still, as it stands right now, this is what Fox is working with. While we wait for clarification on what's coming up, our next adventure into Fox's Marvel Universe will be #NewMutants on April 13, 2018.
What do you think Fox's mystery Marvel movie release dates are for? Let me know in the comments!