Fox Announces Release Dates for THE FANTASTIC FOUR 2, WOLVERINE Sequel, Untitled Marvel Film, TAKEN 3, Ridley Scott Project, and More [Updated]

     March 20, 2014

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20th Century Fox announced a bunch of release dates tonight:

  • The Fantastic Four reboot is still casting for a 2015 release, but Fox is ready to plan The Fantastic Four 2 for July 14, 2017.
  • The sequel to The Wolverine hits theaters March 3, 2017. [Update: Deadline reports that Fox has set David James Kelly to pen the sequel, which returns James Mangold to the helm with Hugh Jackman starring.]
  • An untitled Marvel film is scheduled for July 13, 2018.
  • Liam Neeson returns for Taken 3 on January 9, 2015.
  • An unspecified Ridley Scott feature is dated for March 4, 2016.
  • Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service (now October 24, 2014) and an untitled Vince Vaughn vehicle (now March 6, 2015) switched release dates.
  • Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe is pushed back from January 16, 2015 to October 2, 2015.

More on the Marvel stuff after the jump.

x-men-days-of-future-past-castIt was reported last year that Fox recruited X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg to create a superhero movie universe in the vein of the Marvel Studio line that led to The Avengers.  Fox has the movie rights for two major Marvel properties: X-Men and Fantastic Four.

The untitled 2018 Fox/Marvel movie could draw from X-Men or Fantastic Four—either a direct sequel or spinoff films.  (Maybe the studio wants to revisit Deadpool or a Silver Surfer standalone movie?)  Heat Vision suggests it could be an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover in the report on release dates.  After all, a crossover on that scale would be the ultimate goal of a Marvel-style universe with the Fox-owned characters.

Here is the schedule for Fox’s upcoming Marvel movies:

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past - May 23, 2014
  • The Fantastic Four - June 19, 2015
  • X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27, 2016
  • Untitled Wolverine sequel – March 3, 2017
  • The Fantastic Four 2 - July 14, 2017
  • Untitled Marvel movie – July 13, 2018

Regarding the other announcements: Ridley Scott is always attached to many projects, so that could be anything.  I think the most intriguing possibility is Prometheus 2.

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