20th Century Fox will be bringing out all the stops come 2018. As the studio will be reinventing and extending the X-Men universe in all its glory. Not only will the hotly anticipated sequel to Deadpool be making its way on the big screen, but the Ryan Reynolds action comedy will be joined by two more Marvel properties that venture away from the old Magneto, Professor X and Logan dynamic we have been watching since 2000.
There has been a bit of agitation from fans wanting to know when they can see the Merc with the Mouth return to the scene. Not only have they delivered on that front, but they have brought friends.
Deadpool The Main Course With New Mutants Entree and Dark Phoenix Dessert
First out of the blocks according to IGN will be New Mutants, which will debut on April 13, 2018. Director Josh Boone is said to be looking at a number of actors for that ensemble flick including the likes of Anya Taylor-Joy, Nat Wolff and Maisie Williams.
Next off the production line is Deadpool 2, given a premiere of June 1, 2018. Casting Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as the heroine/femme fatale Domino, the David Leitch-directed sequel can move all steam ahead with production in the knowledge that they have 13 months and change.
The last of the trio is Dark Phoenix, which has been slated for November 2, 2018. Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner will be reprising her role as the younger Jean Grey. As Marvel producer Simon Kinberg is said to be directing the feature that follows the comic storyline written by Chris Claremont.
Marvel Moving Onto Next Gen With 2018 Titles
If the MCU is discussed in terms of phases as they move onto their fourth with Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, then maybe the same could be applied to the X-Men division. The March release of Logan did not just close the chapter for Wolverine, but perhaps that entire arc of characters as the studio examines all types of Marvel properties that spinoff from the original source material.
The FX series Legion is proof of X-Men's diverse potential to expanding beyond what we have seen. Judging by Kinberg's comments following the disappointment of X-Men: Apocalypse, hopefully the narratives stay closer to Logan by keeping the stakes as grounded in reality as possible.
Speaking with IGN earlier in the year, the filmmaker opened up about what he hopes to achieve with a movie that had an original working title of X-Men: Supernova. He argued that Apocalypse was "a little buried, and the movie on the surface became about a guy who wanted to destroy the world," he argued. "(It should have been focused on) human stakes (but it) became more about global stakes. Human and personal stakes always trump global stakes."