“We are going 100 miles per hour.”
Many have been wondering just how Fox will handle their Marvel properties, such as the X-Men franchise, in the time left before Disney moves in. As it turns out, they’re picking up the pace, putting into development a number of Marvel projects. This year alone we have Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, then 2019 will see the release of The New Mutants, Gambit and another unnamed title. Three more will follow in 2020.
Fox is keeping mostly quiet on what projects will be released when, but we do know some of the films we could be seeing hit screens in the next couple of years.
THR reports that the studio is moving forward with the development of a stand-alone Silver Surfer movie, giving a film to the humanoid that made his big-screen debut in Fox’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Y: The Last Man comic co-creator Brian K. Vaughn is attached to write that one.
There’s also X-Force, which will reportedly start production as early as this October, with both Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin expected to reprise their roles as Deadpool and Cable respectively.
Other potential films include a Doctor Doom movie, which will come from Fargo and Legion showrunner Noah Hawley; a Kitty Pride film, which will be directed by Deadpool helmer Tim Miller; and a film focusing on X-23, the character played wonderfully by Dafne Keen in Logan, whose writer-director is now writing the spin-off.
Of course, one of the big questions: What happens to these properties once Disney is in control? It may depend on the numbers they bring in; Disney will likely be happy to scrap planned sequels if these outings underperform. And then there’s the question of how it will handle more adult-oriented fare – such as Deadpool pictures. Questions, questions.