More Marvel movies are on the way. While Disney and Marvel Studios continue to release films as apart of their “Phase Two”, the other studios are eager to keep up. 20th Century Fox announced their a slew of release dates for their side of the Marvel universe including The Fantastic Four 2 and a sequel to James Mangold’s The Wolverine as well as a secret untitled Marvel universe film. Along with the three films, Fox also has X-Men: Days Of Future Past about to be released this May 23rd with a sequel entitled X-Men: Apocalypse scheduled to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. Fox’s The Fantastic Four reboot is scheduled to be released in between both X-Men films on June 19th, 2015.
The Wolverine filmmaker James Mangold is expected to return to the director’s chair for the sequel as well as Hugh Jackman in the role that made him the international box office star that he is today. In The Wolverine, Logan has been living a desolate life following the death of Jean Grey at his hands. He is soon visited by a Japanese girl that tells him of a man that he saved during World War 2 who is now dying and wishes to meet with him. There has been no word on what the plot will be for the new film. The Wolverine sequel is expected to hit theaters on March 3rd, 2017.
While a single second of footage has yet to be filmed for the first release, Fox announced that a sequel to Josh Trank’s reboot of The Fantastic Four will arrive on July 14th, 2017. Fox has recently encountered some fan backlash due to the casting announcements made for the up-coming film. While the common complaint resides in the idea that Fox has selected actors that are simply too young for the roles, a smaller section is trying to make their voices heard over changing of Johnny Storm’s race. Fox chose actor Michael B. Jordan to play the character also known as The Human Torch. Also cast in the film are Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as his future wife Sue Storm and Jamie Bell to play Reed’s best friend turned monstrous creature The Thing.
Along with the dates announced for The Fantastic Four 2 and Wolverine sequel, Fox has set July 18th, 2018 aside for a secret untitled Marvel feature film. While there’s no official word as to what the unknown Marvel film might be, rumors are circulating pointing to an X-Force feature film. The studio was believed to be in development of an X-Force adaptation with Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow behind the monitor last summer will no word coming from any party in quite some time. With X-Force characters to make a possible appearance during Bryan Singer’s up-coming X-Men films, some suspect Fox to make the announcement official following the release of X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
While they may not have quite as big of a roster as their Disney-owned rivals, Fox continues to expand their cinematic universe much in the same way Marvel Studios have done. The Wolverine sequel and Fantastic Four 2 were both announced release dates within the same calendar year while Fox’s secret Marvel film will arrive the year after.
By Benjamin Murray