Friday, March 21, 2014

Update on Fox's Marvel Film Slate

Fox announced 3 new dates for their future Marvel films yesterday and director Bryan Singer gave a little insight into which mutants might be included in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Amid rumors that Fox was looking to start over with its production of The Fantastic Four, which is slated to begin production on April 21st, the company has apparently already moved ahead with plans for a sequel to the 2015 reboot set to be helmed by Josh Trank. In a series of tweets yesterday, revealed a release date for the sequel and release dates for a sequel to James Manglold's The Wolverine and an as yet unnamed Marvel project prouduced by Fox.

The Wolverine sequel is the least surprising of these as star Hugh Jackman recently mentioned he'd begin filming following the conclusion of production for X-Men: Apocalypse. The July 14, 2017 date for the Fantastic Four sequel may end up fairly close to a competing Marvel film which could be interesting. Marvel has announced plans for a second film in 2017, though they haven't give a firm date, and does have a July film in 2016. However, it seems there's a lot in play still for Marvel as they may soon be shifting to three films a year so there are too many unknowns here to make that call. Regardless, it's GREAT to see so many superhero films on the agenda in the coming years even if some of them are about some completely bastardized version of the Fantastic Four.

One film in that busy superhero slate that I am still very interested in watching develop is X-Men: Apocalypse. If, as most people are speculating, Fox uses X-Men: Days of Future Past to begin righting some of the wrongs they've made in the X-Men Cinematic Universe, the Apocalypse story line, if adapted well to film, could make for one hell of an entertaining ride. Though they seem to be making a mess of the Fantastic Four production, it seems Fox finally has its collective poop in a group with the X-Men.

In an interview with, director Bryan Singer mentions that, despite temptation, he left Nightcrawler out of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he is "considering" reintroducing him and fan-favorite Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse.