20th Century Fox has ridden the line with their X-Men film series over the past few years, but they’ve hit it out of the park recently with X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool and Logan. The latter two have launched a sort of R-rated sub universe to their main X-Men films, set to be continued with Deadpool 2. There have been multiple reports about a New Mutants film and a new film retelling the Dark Phoenix Saga, but nothing was concrete until earlier today when the studio released premiere dates for all three films confirming they will all be arriving next year!
X-Men: The New Mutants is the first to arrive on April 13, 2018. Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is directing, while the cast is rumored to include James McAvoy, Alexandra Shipp and Maisie Williams.
Deadpool 2 will be arriving June 1, 2018. David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, John Wick) is taking over direction duties while Ryan Reynolds returns as the Merc with a Mouth, while Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić and Karan Soni will also be reprising their roles as Blind Al, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Dopinder. Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz will join them as Cable and Domino.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will conclude the releases on November 2, 2018. Writer/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse) is being rumored to write and direct. Sophie Turner will be reprising her role as Jean Greg, but no other cast members have been confirmed yet.
Conspicuously missing is the long-gestating Gambit solo film, which is still set to star Channing Tatum and Léa Seydoux. The project was originally set to film under Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) before he left the project. Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) replaced him and was gearing up to begin principal production in October 2016 before the film was halted due to script issues. Liman then also left the project to helm Justice League Dark for Warner Bros.
With Fox’s 2018 schedule pretty packed, the earliest we can expect Gambit is 2019, which would put it in direct competition with Shazam, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel and Avengers 4. The smart bet would be to hold off until 2020, where it currently only has to contend with Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps. The rest of the DCEU still lacks release dates, which includes The Flash, Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, Man of Steel 2, The Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing and Black Adam. The MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 is in the same boat, so 2020 could prove to be even more perilous territory. Fox doesn’t seem to be too worried, as their immediate cinematic universe plans seem to be all but solidified.