Predicting 20th Century Fox’s Marvel movie release date lineup is a bit like reading tea leaves. Tentpole feature release date schedules are, of course, subject to change, but Fox’s franchises have been particularly unstable. The futures of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universes are transparent several years out, but we know very little about what’s going on with Fox’s X-Men and Fantastic Four lineups beyond next March’s Logan.
A follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse has been promised, though the ill critical reception and lackluster box office have fans wondering if Fox might take the series another way. Gambit was originally promised for late 2016 but hasn’t begun production yet and recently lost another director. A New Mutants film has been said be in development, but no solid information has surfaced about the project. The reboot of Fantastic Four bombed so hard that fans were left wondering if Fox might simply give up the franchise for good, though producer Simon Kinberg promises that’s not the case. At this point, the only film that seems like an absolute given is Deadpool 2, which still doesn’t have an official release date and has recently struggled through a directorial change-of-guard.
Amidst the turmoil, 20th Century Fox has offered up two new goalposts for fans to look forward to. Courtesy of BoxOffice.com, release dates for two new Marvel films (and one from James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment) as far out as February 2019.