Fox earmarks dates for Fantastic Four 2, Wolverine 2 & more

News Simon Brew 21 Mar 2014 - 05:57

Release dates for a mystery Marvel film, Taken 3, Wolverine 2, Fantastic Four 2 and a new Ridley Scott movie...

As the old saying goes, why make one comic book movie when you can make two? It certainly seems as though 20th Century Fox is going to keep its Marvel pipeline going for a good number of years yet (and thus hold onto the rights to the Marvel properties it has), as it's now apparently set down some release dates for three new films.

One of them we knew about: James Mangold's sequel to The Wolverine. The Wolverine 2 (or The Wolverine 3, if you're counting X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is set for release on March 3rd 2017. Hugh Jackman will almost certainly be back for that one.

Then, Fox appears to have already decided to press ahead with a sequel to its Fantastic Four reboot, which director Josh Trank is working on now. The first film isn't due out until next summer, but the sequel has already got a date: July 14th 2017, just over two years after the first opens.

Mysteriously, Fox has locked down July 13th 2018 for the release of a further unnamed Marvel movie. Given that Fox has the rights to just Fantastic Four and X-Men, we'd assume that it's a further spin-off or sequel to do with the latter. A July release date probably rules out something as edgy and risky as Deadpool. The previously-revealed X-Force film, that Jeff Wadlow is directing, might be a possibility.

Also, the studio has set down a release date for Taken 3 in the US (January 9th 2015) and for an untitled Ridley Scott project - might that be Prometheus 2? - on March 4th 2016.

As we find out more, we'll let you know...

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