The Fantastic Four reboot flick helmed by Josh Trank hasn’t even started shooting yet, and rumors were floating around just last week (though later shot down) that the movie was in trouble. That hasn’t stopped Fox from squatting on a release date for its sequel, along with one for the next Wolverine solo outing.
Fox has announced that Fantastic Four II — or whatever it’s called, as smart money says it’ll have a subtitle instead of a number — will arrive in theaters on July 14, 2017, following just a few months after Logan makes his big screen return (Hugh Jackman has at least expressed interest in continuing on in the role) on March 3, 2017. On top of that, there will be a third Marvel movie of some sort coming out on July 13, 2018. That’s too close behind the others to be another Fantastic Four or Wolverine movie, but it could certainly be another X-Men group effort or the solo adventures of a different member of the team. Magneto has been rumored for a solo movie in the past as well.
Of course a lot can still happen in the next two or three years, and these dates aren’t set in stone. But while Wolverine and the X-Men are proven commodities, it’s interesting to see the confidence Fox has in its new take on the FF, as enthusiasm from the comic book community can politely be described as lukewarm at best. Either Trank and company surprise to the upside and make Marvel’s first family into a tentpole-type franchise or we’ll see these dates shift around within the Fox lineup. One thing’s for sure: Marvel can forget about getting the movie rights back to any of these characters any time this decade.
Fantastic Four is scheduled to start shooting next month in preparation for its June 19, 2015 release.