Fox Sets Release Dates for Six Untitled Marvel Movies

Friday, 30 June 2017 - 8:42PM
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Friday, 30 June 2017 - 8:42PM
Fox Sets Release Dates for Six Untitled Marvel Movies
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It's that time again when a movie studio plans out a bunch of comic book movies years in advance, before they've even got names for all the projects they're working on.

It's an increasingly common issue for studios to jump the gun in this way, announcing movies that they clearly have put very little thought into thus far, simply to lay claim to particular weeks on the movie release calendar.

This time, Fox has thrown their hat into the ring - in addition to three X-Men movies coming next year (New MutantsDeadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix), the studio has now announced six dates from 2019 to 2021 that will see Marvel movies coming to theaters, so long as everything goes according to plan.

Since Dark Phoenix is currently the most far-off Fox comic book movie we know of, there's no word on what these movies will be, beyond the fact that the X-Men will probably be there, since they're the most profitable Marvel property that Fox currently owns movie rights for. The release dates are as follows:

  • June 7, 2019
  • November 22, 2019
  • March 13, 2020
  • June 26, 2020
  • October 2, 2020
  • March 5, 2021

As Fox has specified that these are Marvel movies, rather than simply calling them X-Men films, it's worth assuming that at least one of them will be yet another attempt at rebooting the Fantastic Four franchise or some segment of it. Unsubstantiated rumors have been swirling around that suggest we'll be getting two members of Marvel's First Family in a slightly smaller-scale movie, Franklin and Valeria Richards, since Fox may have just given up on the actual Fantastic Four themselves.

And of course, one of these dates will presumably be for another mainline X-Men movie, starring whichever members of the First Class and Apocalypse cast the studio can convince to return. Hopefully this cast won't be too large - if there's anything that Fox needs to do, it's start making smaller movies with just a few X-Men at the center of it, like Deadpool, instead of throwing a bunch of characters at the screen to see what sticks.

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For example, one of these dates could be for the often discussed Gambit solo movie starring Channing Tatum, which Fox insists is still alive, despite all current evidence to the contrary. It's weird that Fox is so hesitant to commit to this movie, which has been directorless for over a year now, considering that most of their biggest successes in recent years have come from solo movies with a small supporting cast.

Of course, that doesn't mean that successes like Deadpool and Logan can't morph into larger movies - one of these dates will most certainly be for X-Force, while another may well be Deadpool 3. These two movies will no doubt both feature an ensemble cast, as the Merc with a Mouth picks up various new comrades and friends along his next few cinematic adventures.

If there's any space left on the roster, don't rule out the possibility of an X-23 movie starring Dafne Keen. Logan's James Mangold isn't completely opposed to the project, and if there's any chance Fox can build something from this year's gritty comic book cowboy movie, they'll no doubt be doing everything in their power to make it happen.

Fox will likely start rolling out some announcements later this year. In the meantime, we won't actually see any more X-Men movies until next year, when the horror-themed New Mutants comes out April 13, 2018.
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