Following the news earlier this week that James Mangold will start filming a sequel to The Wolverine, following X-Men: Apocalypse, Fox has gone ahead and announced the dates (according to THR) for their three films after it. It’s the first sign of Fox planning out its own Marvel Cinematic Universe, and planning deep into the future.
The studio has said that The Fantastic Four 2, the sequel to the forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot, will open July 14, 2017, and an untitled Wolverine film will open March 3, 2017. Fox has also pegged out an untitled Marvel film for July 13, 2018.
Fox has the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties and associated characters, and rumours have continued to play out of an X-Force film from director Jeff Wadlow. There’s also been continuous talk of a Deadpool spin-off, but this kind of forward planning may finally see Fox bring its properties together in the same way that Marvel Studios has been doing since 2008.
The next film from Fox/Marvel will be X-Men: Days of Future Past this 23 May, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on 26 May 2016. The Fantastic Four reboot, directed by Josh Trank and starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan is released 19 June 2015.
Who knows: maybe we’ll get the obscure 1987 Chris Claremont mini-series Fantastic Four vs. The X-Men?