Moving ahead with their own particular corner of the Marvel superhero universe, Fox announced three new films to feature the X-Men and Fantastic Four.
We are only just starting to learn a bit more about Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, despite recent rumors that the studio was scrapping the current director and looking to recast the movie. Seemingly in response to these rumors, Fox made the huge announcement of a Fantastic Four sequel, which is planning to hit theaters on July 14, 2017.
Clearly Fox is not interested in retooling the film with plans for the sequel already developing. This bodes well for fans of the reboot, since it means we are potentially looking at a long-form trilogy that is more than likely going to set up more than one FF property for Fox to explore.
James Mangold previously teased that he would be filming his sequel to The Wolverine after X-Men: Apocalypse releases in 2016, which raised more than a few questions about the project, most importantly whether Hugh Jackman would be back for the film. With Fox`s announcement, we have learned Jackman will indeed be back as Logan for the film, which is slated for March 3, 2017.
This means that Jackman will also more than likely be reprising his role as Wolverine in X-Men: Apocalypse as well, since Mangold has already stated he won`t be filming until after Apocalypse wraps. No word on story, but with some interesting themes explored in The Wolverine it will be interesting to see Mangold’s second run with the character.
Now for the really interesting part of the announcement. A third film based on Fox’s Marvel characters has locked down a release date, but remains a mystery. The Fantastic Four and X-Men licenses both include a number of interesting characters, with a few possibilities already in the works.
Jeff Wadlow’s X-Force film could certainly fit in the July 13, 2018 release date, but most sources were indicating we would see X-Force earlier than that. The long-rumored Deadpool film is always a possibility, though at this point it seems like a bit of a pipe dream. Of course, we could be seeing the development of other FF creations, like the Silver Surfer.
Fox let go of a few key properties (Daredevil) to retain the film rights to Galactus and the Silver Surfer, so a solo film featuring Norrin Radd and the devourer of worlds – which would presumably be built up in both Fantastic Four films – is a very intriguing possibility. With rumors that we might see a Fox Cinematic Universe that unites the X-Men and Fantastic Four’s worlds, this mystery movie could potentially be a very big deal.
What are your thoughts on the announcements? Excited to see Hugh Jackman continue as Wolverine for a couple more years? Do you think Fox is getting ahead of itself with the Fantastic Four sequel? And just what could the mystery movie be? Sound off in the comments section below!
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