FOX Announces FANTASTIC FOUR & WOLVERINE Sequels, Possible F4/X-MEN Crossover

Fox is stepping up their game in the superhero genre department with their beloved Marvel properties. The studio has announced that The Fantastic Four 2 will be released on July 14, 2017, while an untitled Wolverine film will be released on March 3, 2017. They also announced an untitled Fox/Marvel movie film for release on July 13, 2018. The buzz around the Interwebs is that this will be the long-speculated X-Men/Fantastic Four team-up movie, and the first step towards Fox’s Marvel Universe.

First off, the Wolverine movie is likely the sequel 2013’s The Wolverine, with director James Mandigold returning to direct (and of course Hugh Jackman). That I can dig (especially if it adapts Old Man Logan), but a Fantastic Four sequel announced already? It’s one thing if you look over the footage you’ve shot of the first film and decide you like what you see and want more. Sure, it may be premature since you don’t know how the film will do at the box office, but at least you’re going off something. The Fantastic Four doesn’t start production until next month, and all they’ve announced are the four main stars, which has pissed off many a fan. What the hell are they thinking planning a sequel when they’ve barely started the first?! Bad move, Fox.


Like I said earlier, other than the X-Force movie, the likely candidate for the 2018 spot is an F4/X-Men crossover. Look, maybe the Fantastic Four and X-Men sharing an adventure could be cool. Maybe. However, like with Sony’s Spider-Man spinoffs, and to a lesser degree DC’s movies, Fox trying to create a shared universe is just an attempt at playing catch-up with Marvel Studios. You may think I’m crazy, but this shared universe thing is starting to get driven into the ground. At least with Marvel Studios and DC it makes sense, but attempting to pair the X-Men and Fantastic Four together without even seeing how your upcoming reboot does reeks of desperation.

Potential X-Men Scribe

It’s no secret that many fans wish Fox would give the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four back to Marvel, but that’s not going to happen. All we can do now is hope they put together the right production teams and churn out a good product. Nah, let’s just vent about it some more!

SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter