Keeping Track of Every Fox Marvel Movie in Development
Those damn kids certainly love their superheroes. Four of the top ten highest-grossing movies of 2017, 2016 and 2014 featured superheroes. Three of the top ten in 2013 and 2012 did as well. The last time a superhero movie wasn’t in the year’s top ten was in 2011. That was when Harry Potter was box office king and Ryan Reynolds was Green Lantern.
With this superhero craze comes a bevy of new projects from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe, Fox’s “we’re probably not going to matter in a few years” universe and Sony’s “we’re probably not going to matter right now” universe. It’s getting pretty confusing out there so let our guides help you keep track of where each movie — confirmed or rumored — is at right now in its development cycle.
Fox has four Marvel movies with release dates and another six at various points in development.
Status (2/10/18): Reshoots are underway; Set for release on May 18
2015: Word first dropped about a Deadpool sequel a few months before the movie came out. In September 2015, producer Simon Kinberg said sequel talks naturally happen with movies like this and they certainly have with Deadpool (Collider).
2016: Deadpool, being the classy gent that he is, officially announced the sequel himself during his first movie. In his film’s post-credits scene, he talked up a sequel that will feature the character Cable. It was also rumored around that time that writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were back on screenplay duty (THR). That was later confirmed in April at CinemaCon along with the return of director Tim Miller and producer and star Ryan Reynolds (Variety). That June, Kinberg said they were optimistic about filming in early 2017 (Collider). That was before Miller left the project in October due to creative differences (Deadline). Reynolds was said to have gotten an immense amount of creative control, and differences between him and Miller arose over tone and casting (The Wrap). So, director David Leitch was hired as a replacement a few weeks later (THR). Reynolds said he was “sad” about Miller’s exit (GQ) and Miller denied those were the specific reasons for his departure (Collider).
2017: Reese kicked off the year by saying Deadpool 2 “will likely set up [an] X-Force [movie]” (Collider). Writer Drew Goddard, who is now said to be writing and directing X-Force, was then coincidentally hired as a writing consultant for Deadpool 2 in February (Collider). A release date was set for June 1, 2018 a couple of months later (THR), and filming began in June (CBR). In October, Reese said that production had wrapped (Twitter).
2018: Deadpool 2 moved its release date up a couple of weeks to May 18 right at the beginning of the year. And last we heard, the Merc with a Mouth was doing reshoots in February, according to the Instagram of star Josh Brolin (Instagram).
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Status (10/14/17): Post-production; Set for release on Nov. 2
2016: Around the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, the film’s writer and producer Simon Kinberg said the next X-Men film is set in the 90’s although it was unknown if he meant the sequel to Apocalypse or The New Mutants (ComingSoon). Further news didn’t come until November when it was said that Kinberg was writing the next X-Men script with franchise stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence in mind even though they haven’t signed on to the movie yet (THR).
2017: In February, star Sophie Turner said the movie was shooting soon (HeyUGuys) while another outlet reported around that time that the movie was called “X-Men: Supernova” and was filming in June (Collider). A couple of weeks after that, it was said that Kinberg would make his directorial debut on the picture and that he finished the screenplay (Collider). Fox would give the movie its official title, Dark Phoenix, in April and slapped the film with a Nov. 2, 2018 release date (THR). Filming began in June with Kinberg confirmed to direct and the principal cast returning (Deadline). In October, Kinberg announced on his Instagram that the movie wrapped production (Instagram).
The New Mutants
Status (2/27/18): Reshoots scheduled for summer 2018; Set for release on Feb. 22
2014: According to a report from 2016, when The Fault in Our Stars was a hit for Fox in June 2014, director Josh Boone and filmmaker Knate Gwaltney decided to take the chance to jump into the world of X-Men. They made their own comic book from panels of the New Mutants series to detail a potential trilogy of films. This was given to X-Men producer Simon Kinberg who liked it enough to give them a movie (Creative Screenwriting).
2015: Rumors first hit that the film existed in May with Boone as director and co-writer with Gwaltney (Deadline).
2016: Kinberg said they were still working on the script that spring (IGN). In the summer, he said that filming would begin in early 2017 (Collider) and it was later said that writers Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber were helping on the script (THR). In December, Boone said he was ready to go location scouting and they had a release date in mind (Creative Screenwriting).
2018: The film’s release date was pushed to Feb. 22, 2019 in January. Early testing was said to have just went okay, and Fox wanted to bring out the film’s horror element after the commercial success of horror movies like It and Get Out (The Tracking Board). Another publication said that the reason for the move was to separate New Mutants and Deadpool 2 from being in theaters at the same time since both movies would’ve originally opened just two months apart (THR). In February, it was said that reshoots will take place over the summer to add a new character (THR).
Status (2/27/18): Script expected in March; Set for release on June 7, 2019
2014: Poor Channing Tatum has been cast as the character Gambit since May 2014 (Games Radar). Even then, wheels first didn’t start to turn until October when Josh Zetumer was hired to write a Gambit solo movie (Deadline).
2015: Gambit received an Oct. 7, 2016 release date in January (Variety) and Zetumer handed in his first draft in May (Empire). A month later, Rupert Wyatt was hired to direct (EW) and Tatum’s producing partner said filming would begin in fall 2015 (ScreenRant). And let the hell begin… Wyatt would go on to drop out in September with reasons for the departure including scheduling conflicts and the studio’s problems with Wyatt (THR). In November, Kinberg said they had a new director (Collider) which was later confirmed to be Doug Liman.
2016: In January, filming was said to begin in March in New Orleans (WGNO). However, the film’s release date was pulled from Fox’s schedule in February (Twitter). When March rolled around, Liman was said to be looking at another movie to direct before returning to film Gambit in the fall with a new script (The Wrap). There was a script by July, which Kinberg said was “great” and they hoped to film it in spring 2017 (YouTube). But Liman left the production in August (Variety) and would go on to say to that he never found a connection with the story (Collider).
2017: Kinberg said at the beginning of the year that they hoped to start shooting in early 2018 (Comic Book). Tatum would say in August that the script has been re-written after Deadpool and Logan “kicked the doors down” and opened up the genre for them (HeyUGuys). In October, Gore Verbinski was hired to direct and the film was given a Feb. 14, 2019 release date (EW). By December, the movie was set to film in March 2018 (NOLA).
2018: Verbinski became the third director to depart the project in January citing creative differences (Variety) or scheduling conflicts (Deadline), you can pick whichever generic response you want. That same day, Gambit was pushed to June 7, 2019. As of February, Gambit is still in search for a director and a script is expected in March (THR).
Status (2/27/18): Will begin shooting in October
2013: Filmmaker Jeff Wadlow was said to be writing an X-Force movie for Fox with the possibility to direct (THR).
2016: Guess that Wadlow thing worked out just great… In February 2016, Deadpool producer and star Ryan Reynolds said an X-Force movie was a priority for him (IGN). A few months later, X-Men producer and director Bryan Singer said Simon Kinberg was working on the script (Fandango).
2017: Fast forward to February and filmmaker Joe Carnahan was reported to have taken the job of director and co-writer of X-Force. Reynolds would be his other co-writer (Comic Book). In September, the rumor turned to filmmaker Drew Goddard as writer and director (Deadline).
2018: X-Force is said to begin filming in October with stars Reynolds and Josh Brolin expected to return (THR).
Status (2/27/18): Script is being written
2018: In January, Deadpool director Tim Miller was said to be working on a Kitty Pryde movie that he might direct. A month later, it was reported that Brian Michael Bendis was hired to write (Deadline). A couple of weeks after that, Bendis confirmed that he was working on an X-Men project for Miller, but didn’t mention if it actually involved Kitty Pryde (THR).
Status (2/27/18): Writer has been hired
2018: A Silver Surfer movie was said to be on the way from a script by Brian K. Vaughan (THR).
Status (2/27/18): Still being developed
2017: Legion creator Noah Hawley said he was working on a Doctor Doom movie during Legion’s Comic-Con panel. The show’s star, Dan Stevens, is also involved (Bleeding Cool).
2018: The movie was confirmed to still be in development in February (THR).
Status (11/16/17): Script is being written
2017: Allan Heinberg is apparently writing a movie for the X-Men universe that would star James Franco as the character Method Man (Deadline).
Status (10/24/17): Treatment being written
2017: Logan filmmaker James Mangold and writer Craig Kyle were confirmed to be writing a treatment for a movie starring Laura from Logan.
The competition rages on (as of 3/1/18):
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (18 films = $14,274,938,342) – Average: about $793,052,130
- X-Men (10 films = $4,996,632,006) – Average: about $499,663,200
- DC Extended Universe (5 films = $3,768,080,153) – Average: about $753,616,030