Marvel movies news and rumors: From Avengers to X-Men and more
With the release of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios crossed a major milestone with $10 billion mark in global box office with 13 movies. With each new release, that number continues to rise exponentially. No other film franchise can come close to claiming that, at least not in that period of time. Of course, there has never really been a franchise like the Marvel Cinematic Universe before. It’s become popular enough – and fans obsess over it enough – to create an entire cottage industry around Marvel movies news and rumors.
The Marvel film empire – while currently thriving in the shared films of the MCU – is not limited to a single studio. Along with Marvel Studios (under the Disney banner), Fox is currently showing no signs of stopping its development of Marvel films either. And then there’s Sony, which ceded partial control of its primary Marvel character, Spider-Man, while still legally holding on to the rights (and their plans for an extended universe of its own).
With that in mind, we have a closer look at all the films coming in the next few years with the name “Marvel” somewhere on the poster. We also have a section focusing on Marvel movies that aren’t confirmed, along with a general news section. If you are looking for information on the Marvel properties on TV (along with all other TV shows based on comics), check out our ongoing post here.
Check out our complete list of Marvel movies news and rumors below, and we’ll update this list frequently so check back often.
Originally published: July 26, 2016
Last updated: July 25, 2017
Marvel Studios movies news and rumors
The section below features Marvel movies news and rumors for films that all in development specifically at Marvel Studios, a separate entity from Marvel Entertainment, answering directly to Disney. Its films include all those currently connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as any and all films related to Spider-Man (despite Sony controlling the distribution rights).
November 3, 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
The third of three MCU films scheduled for 2017 (counting Spider-Man: Homecoming), Thor: Ragnarok is being described as a cosmic buddy road trip film, focusing on Thor and Hulk. It will adapt parts of the Planet Hulk storyline, which saw the Hulk as a gladiator.
Joining Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Anthony Hopkins is set to return as Odin, Jaimie Alexander will appear as Sif, Idris Elba will reprise his role as Heimdall, and Tom Hiddleston will once again play Loki. Joining them will be Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Karl Urban as Skurge.
The film started out in a somewhat weird place, with Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor either turning down the chance to return or not being asked, depending on who you ask. He later went on and said he had a terrible experience filming the second Thor film. He claimed that while the studio allowed him to film without restriction, he was then shut out of most of the editing process.
Thor: Ragnarok news and rumors
- Natalie Portman will not return. Marvel is saying that it doesn’t make sense in this film to feature an Earth woman (the film will only have a few scenes on Earth), but Portman may also have had her fill with franchises.
- The Hulk’s off world Gladiator-like games will be run by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), the Collector’s (Benicio del Toro) brother.
- Thor and Hulk will both get new outfits and looks for the film.
- There will be a direct tie-in to Avengers: Infinity War.
- Stellan Skarsgard will not appear, but he may return in Avengers: Infinity War.
- The Hulk will wear some of the gladiator gear seen in Planet Hulk.
- One of the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy may appear in a cameo.
- Mark Ruffalo’s time on set was fairly limited, just a few weeks. That may signify he has a minor role, or the film will feature Hulk far more than Banner.
- Doctor Strange will be in the film, building off the bumper in his own film, although it’s not known how big his role will be.
- Anthony Hopkins will appear, although his role isn’t entirely clear. Leaked photos show him in costume as what appears to be a homeless man.
- Korg, the giant rock monster seen at the beginning of Thor: The Dark World may appear.
- More of the characters known in the Marvel comics as the “Elders” may appear in this film.
- The character Valkyrie will appear as a love interest for Thor.
- Waititi apparently wanted John C. Reily to reprise his role as the Nova Corps. member Rhomann Dey, but it didn’t happen.
- Thor may meet the Cotati, the telepathic race that helped Mantis (to be seen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2) gain her telepathic powers.
- The planet Thor and Hulk find themselves on is Sakaar, the location of the Planet Hulk storyline.
- The line “He’s a friend from work” seen in the first trailer was suggested by a kid on set through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
- According to Waititi, roughly 80-percent of the film’s dialogue was improvised.
- The very last scene of Thor: Ragnarok will likely be continued in Avengers: Infinity War.
- Universal still owns the rights to any Hulk feature films, so Marvel added him to Thor: Ragnarok and partially adapted a Hulk storyline as a workaround.
- Thor: Ragnarok takes place four years after Thor: The Dark World.
- When Thor arrives on Sakaar, Hulk will have been there and been in the form of the Hulk for over two years. That helps to explain how he can speak.
- Thor: Ragnarok may have the shortest runtime of any Marvel film yet. The final cut hasn’t been completed yet, but it should be around 100 minutes.
February 16, 2018
Director: Ryan Coogler
The character of the Black Panther went from a mid-range superhero to star of one of the most anticipated MCU films on the docket courtesy of his impressive introduction in Civil War. Thankfully, that introduction also means that Black Panther’s solo film will not need to be an origin story.
The plot of Black Panther hasn’t been revealed, but Chadwick Boseman will reprise his role as T’Challa/Black Panther, and Andy Serkis will reprise his role as Ulysses Klaue/Klaw (who was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron). Klaue will be the external threat, but he will be joined by internal threats as well.
According to Feige, in general terms, the film will be a “geo-political action adventure” focusing on Wakanda and T’Challa’s role as a king. There will also be a link to the Avengers movies, but that may be more incidental. Given Klaue’s involvement, there will probably also be a focus on Wakanda’s most important export: vibranium.
Michael B. Jordan has also joined the film. This will be the third pairing between director Ryan Coogler and Jordan. He will join a cast that Marvel claims is 90-percent African or African-American. It will also be one of the most award-winning casts yet in a Marvel film.
Black Panther news and rumors
- When Marvel first decided to bring the Black Panther to the screen, Boseman was the only person they considered. They immediately reached out to the actor, and he quickly accepted.
- The Soul Stone may appear in Wakanda.
- Bucky/The Winter Soldier may make a cameo.
- Lupita Nyong’o will appear as Nakia, a member of T’Challa’s bodyguard. The character will be markedly different from her comic counterpart.
- Black Panther was always envisioned as a link between Avengers films, leading up to Avengers: Infinity War.
- Jordan will play an antagonist, Erik Killmonger. In the comics, Killmonger is T’Challa’s physical and mental equal. He works toward destabilizing Wakanda to avenge his father.
- Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead’s Michonne) will appear as Okoye, head of the Dora Milaje tribe. She will be the head of intelligence for Wakanda.
- There may be a flashback scene set in the 90s with T’Challa as a high school student in the Bay Area.
- Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown has joined the cast as N’Jobu, a figure from T’Challa’s past.
- Angela Bassett will play Ramonda, T’Challa’s mother, and adviser.
- Forest Whitaker will appear as Zuri, a spiritual leader and the keeper of the Heart-Shaped Herb. Zuri has been described as T’Challa’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Black Panther showed a few minutes of exclusive footage during Comic-Con 2017, where it received a standing ovation.
Avengers: Infinity War
May 4, 2018
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Marvel has been building toward this film(s) for years now. Infinity War will unite all of the disparate areas of the Marvel universe, including the Earth-based characters and those based in space. That means fans will get the chance to see the Guardians of the Galaxy interact with the Avengers, and Thanos will play a major role. It will also fulfill the promise of uniting the Infinity Stones, something that has been hinted at in several of the MCU movies so far.
The film will be ambitious and sprawling, and Part 1 and 2 are being filmed back-to-back (although Part 2 will have a different name, and it won’t be a direct sequel as much as the next film in the sense that it will resolve a cliffhanger). In total, there are rumored to be 67 established characters from the MCU in the film(s), although that includes several smaller background characters as well as the headliners.
Beyond the anecdotal evidence (the name, the stones, Thanos, etc.), there isn’t a lot of information yet on the movie(s). It will likely focus on Thanos coming to possess all of the Infinity Stones and assembling the Infinity Gauntlet – or at least trying to, but how that plays is unknown. It’s also going to be interesting to see how Infinity War ends in a way that allows two more films – Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel – to debut in the year between this movie and the next Avengers.
Given the MCU’s adherence to a realistic timeline (more or less), there will probably be a year gap in the story between films. Anthony and Joe Russo will direct both movies, and filming of both is scheduled to take between nine months and a year at least, not counting reshoots and/or potential delays.
Avengers: Infinity War news and rumors
- Five of the six Infinity Stones have already been introduced, including: the Space Stone/Tesseract in Captain America: The First Avenger (and Avengers), the Mind Stone/Loki’s Scepter in multiple films, the Reality Stone/Aether in Thor: The Dark World, and the Power Stone/Orb in Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Time Stone/Eye of Agamotto in Doctor Strange.
- The Soul Stone may appear in Black Panther.
- Tom Hiddleston will appear as Loki in both Infinity War films.
- Jon Favreau has joined the production as an executive producer.
- Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury.
- Don’t expect to see any of the Marvel TV characters in the film.
- Benicio del Toro will appear as the Collector.
- Marvel is considering several smaller pieces of content for various platforms to coincide with the movie. One idea mentioned was short stories on YouTube.
- Marvel has officially dropped the name “Infinity War Part 2” from the second movie and instead titled it “Untitled Avengers Project.” Despite that, the two films will likely be deeply connected.
- Although Chris Evans will appear in the film as Steve Rogers, he won’t technically be “Captain America” – he relinquished that title at the end of Civil War.
- In order to accommodate Benedict Cumberbatch’s schedule, several scenes will be shot with his body double, Aaron Lazar. Cumberbatch will then reshoot close-ups and dialogue when he is available.
- Peter Dinklage is in talks to join Infinity War. No word on who he will play, but there are rumors he will appear as MODOK. Another rumor has him eyed for the role of Eitri, the creator of the Infinity Gauntlet.
- The next two Avengers films will have a combined budget of $500 million.
- Liv Tyler may reprise her role as Betty Ross from The Incredible Hulk (which starred Ed Norton as Bruce Banner).
- Some of the major Marvel characters may die in Infinity War. Of course, given that the Infinity Gauntlet can bring people back to life (at least in the comics), that isn’t necessarily a permanent thing.
- Marvel is looking for extras to play members of an unnamed alien race that fight against the Avengers.
- Thanos will be helped by the Black Order. In the films, the Black Order will consist of: Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Thanos, Ebony Maw, and Black Dwarf. Josh Brolin referred to them as Thanos’ children, but they are probably his children in the same way Gamora and Nebula were.
- Groot will appear as an adolescent in the film, similar to how he appeared at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. That confirms that several years have passed from the end of Vol 2 until the start of Infinity War.
- Avengers: Infinity War will almost certainly be the longest MCU film yet, with a possible runtime of nearly three hours.
- Spider-Man will appear wearing a new armor, possibly the Iron Spider costume teased in Homecoming.
- Steve Rogers will appear with a dark beard, hinting at his time on the run in the Nomad guide. Black Widow will sport blonde hair.
- The first poster (seen above) was released during Comic-Con, along with an exclusive trailer.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
July 6, 2018
Director: Peyton Reed
A sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man was a late addition to the Phase Three schedule. That’s a victory for Marvel Studios, especially given the tumultuous lead up to Ant-Man that saw writer, director, and driving force Edgar Wright depart the project after years developing it. Director Peyton Reed took over, an almost impossible task given the disappointment from fans, and yet the film still went on to make over half a billion dollars and receive generally favorable reviews.
So far, Reed, Paul Rudd, and Evangeline Lilly are all confirmed for the sequel. Michael Douglas will return as Hank Pym, and he will be joined by Michelle Pfeifer as the original Wasp, Janet van Dyne.
The events of Civil War will have a huge impact on Ant-Man and the Wasp, especially given Scott Lang’s (Rudd) current situation in the MCU. That may change in future MCU films leading up to the film, but it will have an impact. Filming will begin in late 2017.
Ant-Man and the Wasp news and rumors
- Michael Peña will return.
- As the name of the film suggests, the characters will be full partners.
- There will likely be more flashback scenes starring Douglas as a CGI-rejuvenated Pym.
- Filming is expected to begin soon after Infinity War wraps. The current timetable claims Ant-Man and the Wasp will shoot in June, which seems to suggest that the script is complete and the studio is happy with it (minus smaller changes).
- Artwork displayed at Comic-Con showed Douglas wearing a modified Ant-Man suit, suggesting he will find a way to shrink again.
- Walton Goggins has joined the cast as antagonist Sonny Burch. A new addition to the comic universe, Burch originally appeared as an Iron Man villain and the head of Cross Industries (the company headed by the first film’s villain, Darren Cross).
- The Wasp’s (Lilly) suit will take some components from the suit seen at the end of the first movie, but it will look more like the Ant-Man suit, with her whole body covered than the previous version.
- Laurence Fishburne will appear as the Marvel superhero Bill Foster, aka Black Goliath, aka Giant-Man, aka Goliath.
- In the comics, Bill Foster was married to Claire Temple, who in the live-action world is represented by Rosario Dawson in the Netflix Marvel shows. It’s unlikely that Dawson will appear in the film and the relationship may not even make it to the big screen, but it might be an interesting Easter egg for fans hoping to see the two mediums connect.
- Hannah John-Kamen has been cast as one of the antagonists, Ghost. In the comics, Ghost is a male cyber hacker that typically battles Iron Man. The gender swap could mean that the character is undergoing a complete overhaul, but his/her power set – including the ability to phase through walls and make items invisible – will likely stay.
- In the comics, the character of Ghost is traditionally connected to Justin Hammond. That may not survive the adaptation, or it might mean Sam Rockwell could return to the MCU.
- SHIELD will play a part, but it might be in flashbacks.
October 5, 2018
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Back when Sony was working on its Amazing Spider-Man films with Andrew Garfield, the studio decided to create its own shared universe featuring several characters – both heroes and villains – taken from the Spider-Man universe. The initial plan was for both a Venom movie and a film based on the Sinister Six. Both films would have featured characters that were either first introduced in a Spider-Man film, or they would have featured Andrew Garfield in the corresponding movies. Then Sony decided to reboot the franchise.
In something of a bizarre move, Sony has announced a Venom movie that will be based on the Spider-Man character, but it will not be part of the MCU. That could always change, but at the moment it is planned as a standalone film. It will, however, connect to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
Venom will be Sony’s first R-rated Marvel movie. It will also be part of a new cinematic universe under Sony’s control. The film is still ramping up, but screenwriters Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker have been hired to pen the first draft.
Venom news and rumors
- Although he may not have any creative control, Tom Holland has stated that he’d like to see Spidey take on Venom in one of the possible Spider-Man movie sequels.
- Tom Hardy has been cast as Eddie Brock/Venom.
- Venom is being described as a superhero horror movie.
- It’s still not completely clear how Venom will fit into the MCU, but Kevin Feige seemed to suggest that Marvel will decide if it will incorporate the film based on how it is shaping up.
- After a confusing back and forth, Sony’s Amy Pascal and Marvel’s Kevin Feige seem to be on the same page – Venom will not feature non-Sony Marvel characters, but it will exist in the same world. That seems to suggest that Venom could appear in other MCU films, but it would likely require a new deal between the two studios.
- Despite connections and hints at a bigger, shared universe, Venom will be a standalone film.
- Carnage is expected to be the primary antagonist.
- Filming is expected to begin in September.
Although the character has yet to appear on the big screen, Captain Marvel is said to be a high priority for Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. The film has already been delayed twice due to Marvel rescheduling several movies, but the script is underway and things are moving forward. Academy Award winner Brie Larson has officially been confirmed as Captain Marvel, and she will make her in her solo film.
It’s also not clear exactly how the film will explain Captain Marvel. There have been several iterations of the character over the years, but the current (and incredibly popular) version is Carol Danvers, a Major in the U.S. Air Force with a touch of Kree in her (due to an explosion that merged human and Kree DNA). The Kree have been introduced via Guardians of the Galaxy (and Agents of SHIELD) so it is possible the alien/hybrid angle will be highlighted.
During Marvel’s Comic-Con 2017 presentation, Marvel confirmed that the film will feature the Skrulls as the villains and that it will be set in the 90s. The inclusion of the Skrulls was initially thought to be impossible due to legal issues, but it was since been clarified that Fox own the rights to specific Skrull characters (like the Fantastic Four villain the Super Skrull), while Marvel controls the rights to use them as a whole.
The setting also raises two big questions: Why hasn’t a super powered person fighting an alien race been referenced in the MCU, and where has she been this whole time? It also begs the question, will Captain Marvel sync up with the rest of the MCU, and if so will she have aged? To that last question, there are several answers available to a character in the MCU, to her powers stopping her aging to a cryogenics sleep. We will probably have to wait for the film’s release to find out.
Captain Marvel news and rumors
- The comics recently made a few minor tweaks to the character’s origin in the comics, which may be to simplify it for the movie. In the comics, Captain Marvel now discovered an alien artifact, which gave her powers.
- Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been hired to direct.
- Filming will begin in February 2018.
- The inclusion of the Skrulls might help to set up future storylines throughout the MCU, including the “Secret Invasion.”
- Captain Marvel will not appear in Avengers: Infinity War.
- Samuel L. Jackson will appear as a younger Nick Fury. He will have both eyes, which suggests we may find out how he lost one.
- The Kree/Skrull War will play a part in Captain Marvel.
Untitled Avengers Project
May 3, 2019
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
While the two-part Avengers film will be filmed back-to-back, Marvel has made it abundantly clear that the films – while connected – will be their own movies. There will be direct ties between the two, of course, but it won’t be a “to be continued” cliffhanger connecting the two.
Although this film will be the end of Phase Three and the culmination of the Infinity Stones story (at least in theory), it will lead into Marvel’s Phase Four and beyond.
Untitled Avengers Project news and rumors
- Most, if not all of the major actors in the MCU signed contracts that included films up to both parts of Infinity War. After that there will need to be several major renegotiations, recasting, and new characters taking over the mantle of others.
- There may be one or more major character deaths in Part 1 and/or Part 2.
- Marvel has officially changed the working title of the film from Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 to “Untilted Avengers.” That doesn’t really change anything though, and there is still a good chance the two films will both feature the Infinity Stones.
- The fourth Avengers film will change the MCU, and possibly change how Marvel releases movies. There may not be a “Phase Four,” instead Marvel may approach the next wave of movies in a different way.
- Spider-Man will play a major role in shaping Phase Four and beyond, and that will probably begin here.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Director: James Gunn
Even before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel confirmed the release of its sequel and – after a bit of thought – James Gunn also confirmed that he will return to write and direct.
The third Guardians film will be released after Phase Three is complete, and according to Gunn it may be the last iteration of this version of the Guardians team. The franchise will almost certainly continue and many of the cast may remain, but the story will probably move in a new direction and feature some new faces. Gunn sees the three films as a loosely connected trilogy.
The third Guardians film will be key for the future of the MCU, and will help set up the “next ten years of the MCU,” according to Kevin Feige. A release date hasn’t been mentioned yet, but it will be after the fourth Avengers film, putting it in theaters in late 2019 at the earliest.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 news and rumors
- The character Adam Warlock was originally going to be in Vol 2, but Gunn decided to hold him back for the third film.
- Mantis will return and be a full member of the team.
- The original Guardians, teased in Vol. 2, will probably play a part.
Silver & Black
Director: Gina Price-Bythewood
Along with Venom, Sony Pictures is currently working on a second Spider-Man spin-off, this one based on the characters of Silver Sable and Black Cat. The two characters don’t have a long and storied history, but both are connected to the Spider-Man rights that Sony owns, which makes them part of Sony’s MCU adjacent shared universe.
In the comics, the two characters aren’t that similar, but they both operate outside the law. Black Cat – a one-time love interest of Spider-Man’s – is a thief, but usually only targets those that deserve it. She also has powers that inflict those around her with bad luck. She also has a long history with Kingpin, but given that character’s current status in the Netflix Marvel films, it’s unlikely that part of her story will carry over. Silver Sable, on the other hand, is a mercenary, originally created to chase down and apprehend war criminals, but she and her team (the Wildpack) take other jobs as well to pay the bills.
Like Venom, there is a good chance that if this film does well, it will be absorbed into the MCU. For now though, it exists in something of a limbo state. It takes place in a world where MCU heroes exist, but it won’t specifically adress or reference them.
Silver & Black news and rumors
- Sony has hired Thor: Ragnarok writer Chris Yost to write a draft. It is still in the very early stages.
- The film will be adult oriented, which might mean it is going for an R-rating.
- Spider-Man will not appear in the movie.
- The film is being described as an “anti-hero buddy” story.
- Sony is looking at this film, in part, as a way to introduce several lesser known Marvel characters related to Spider-Man.
- There may be upwards of five villains in the film.
- The super powered mob enforcer Tombstone will have a small, but important role.
- Scorpion may appear in a large capacity. If so, he will likely be played by Michael Mando, who briefly appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Mac Gargan (the original Scorpion in the comics).
- The other three villains may be Dr/ Mendel Stromm (aka Gaunt), Tarantula, and Chameleon.
Unconfirmed and rumored Marvel Studios films
- There have been discussions in one form or another for a solo Black Widow film since 2010’s Iron Man 2. Marvel again reaffirmed its intentions to take her solo in 2014, and now again in 2016.
- No official confirmation has been made for a solo film starring the Black Widow, but Feige has stated there is interest and Marvel Studios is “creatively and emotionally” committed to a solo Black Widow film.
- If/when it happens, it will be Phase Four, which would put it in late 2019 or later.
- Scarlett Johansson has expressed interest in appearing in a solo film.
Iron Man 4
- This film is currently little more than a rumor. Robert Downey Jr. seems to be enjoying his role appearing in ensemble films. Marvel may also want to save the money on his salary and use him in films like Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is more value for the pricey actor.
- After initially claiming he didn’t think another solo film would happen, Downey changed his mind and recently said “I feel like I could do one more.”
- Aa film based on the Sinister Six before Sony rebooted the character. That, in turn killed this potential spinoff – at least for now.
- Sony was hot on the idea of creating multiple films based in the Spider-Man universe. Now that the character is part of the MCU it might be tougher to get that going, but it would benefit Sony to have a new film, and it would help Marvel by introducing new enemies.
- This one is currently an extreme longshot, but it does seem like Marvel may be building up to it. In the comics, the Thunderbolts are a team of villains working under government oversight. They are led by Baron Zemo, and General Ross is frequently involved with them.
Fox Marvel films
The films below feature Marvel movies news and rumors for characters created by Marvel, but are all being developed by 20th Century Fox. The studio currently controls the rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and all characters associated with those brands.
X-Men: The New Mutants
Release: April 13, 2018
Director: Josh Boone
Assuming the film follows its comic roots, the team known as the New Mutants will consist of students at Xavier’s Academy. That would give fans a glimpse into the new, modern day timeline created in recent X-Men films, or it might signify that the film is set in the past along with the other, recent X-Men films.
The script is still being finalized, with filming expected to begin in early 2017. The characters the film intends to feature, however, have been released. X-Men: The New Mutants will feature Illyana Rasputin/ Magik (she is also Colossus’s sister), Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Danielle “Dani” Moonstar/Mirage, Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, Roberto de Costa/Sunspot, and Warlock.
Professor Xavier – in one form or another – is also expected to play a part. Others from the previous X-Men films may also appear, but it will depend on the time setting.
The film has changed names. The New Mutants will now be known as X-Men: The New Mutants.
X-Men: The New Mutants news and rumors
- Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have been hired to write the screenplay. The duo previously worked with Boone on The Fault in Our Stars.
- The team’s lineup has been confirmed.
- Boone sees the film as the first in a trilogy.
- Anya-Taylor Joy will play one of the film’s leads, Illyana Rasputin/Magik.
- James McAvoy will appear as Professor X. That seems to put the film in the 80s or 90s, and open up the current X-Men cast from X-Men: Apocalypse to appear.
- Maise Williams has been cast as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane.
- The classic New Mutants enemy Demon Bear may appear.
- Alexandra Ship may reprise her role as Storm, which would further seem to confirm that the film is set in the past.
- The film is officially in pre-production.
- Charlie Heaton will play the role of Cannonball.
- The tone of the film has been described as “Stephen King meets John Hughes.”
- There is a possibility that the film will be released in Spring 2018, but that may instead go to Deadpool 2.
- Boone has planned out a trilogy of films, but the first will be standalone.
- Alice Braga has replaced Rosario Dawson as Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a mentor for the young mutants.
- There won’t be any traditional supervillains in the film, and you probably won’t see any costumes.
Release: June 1, 2018
Director: David Leitch
After years of trying to get made, in 2016 Deadpool surprised critics and fans alike on its way to being one of the most profitable X-related films yet. Because Fox saw the original as something of an experiment, it was able to operate on the fringes of the established X-Men continuity, but that is likely going to change.
With the current X-Men films still working their way forward, decade by decade, the character of Deadpool is now the only modern day, established X-Men film character left. Because of that, you can expect to see plenty of well-known characters introduced in films like Deadpool 2, beginning with Cable.
The idea to introduce Cable in the Deadpool sequel was decided long before Deadpool even hit theaters. The proof of that is in the post-credit scene, where Deadpool pretty much confirms it. Domino will also appear, and Morena Baccarin will reprise her role, which will likely lead her closer toward becoming the character Copycat.
Beyond that, there isn’t really much information about the sequel. Ryan Reynolds will return with and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Tim Miller was initially set to return but later backed out. There were several stories as to why, starting with disagreements over who should play Cable. He later commented that he wanted the sequel to be the same type of movie, while the studio wanted to go much bigger.
Deadpool 2 news and rumors
- Producer Simon Kinberg stated that they wrote the first film thinking it was the first part of many.
- Reynolds refused to consider returning without Miller, Reese, and Wernick. That seemed to change once Miller left.
- Along with Cable, look for other well known and previously unused X-Men to appear.
- John Wick and Atomic Blonde’s David Leitch has been hired to direct.
- The film will truncate and ignore most of Cable’s incredibly convoluted backstory.
- Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead will return.
- Reynolds desperately wants Hugh Jackman to appear as Wolverine, in a cameo at the very least. Reynolds would like a separate Deadpool and Wolverine movie, but that doesn’t seem likely with Jackman vowing to retire from the role.
- Drew Goddard and Ryan Reynolds are working on the script with Reese and Wernick
- Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz has been cast as Domino.
- Brad Pitt was interested in the role of Cable, but the timing didn’t work out.
- The working title of the film is “Love Machine,” a reference to Cable.
- Josh Brolin has been cast as Cable. This will be his second role as a Marvel character (the other being Thanos), but the two universes don’t intersect.
- Deadpool 2 will set up the X-Force movie.
- Colossus will play a bigger role in the sequel.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Release: November 2, 2018
Director: Simon Kinberg
Although the film has a confirmed release date, X-Men: Dark Phoenix does not yet have a director or a script. Bryan Singer may return to direct but that isn’t confirmed.
According to producer Simon Kinberg, the film will be set in the 90s. That would fit the current X-Men film habit of jumping from decade to decade (Apocalypse was set in the 80s, Days of Future Past in the 70s, and First Class in the 60s). That would mean the characters introduced in Apocalypse – notably Cyclops and Jean Grey – will be established and veteran superheroes when the film starts.
Beyond that, it is all guesswork. The recently introduced characters of Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) will probably all appear. Evan Peters’ Quicksilver would make sense as well.
James McAvoy (Professor X), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) may all appear, but along with Michael Fassbender (Magneto), their contracts ended with Apocalypse. Lawrence recently said that they may all come back, or none of them will. If they do though, according to Lawrence “Fox should be terrified” of their new contracts.
Untitled X-Men movie news and rumors
- The Essex Corporation will factor in.
- Olivia Munn’s Psylocke may return.
- McAvoy, Lawrence, Hoult, and Fassbender are all returning.
- The film will focus on the Dark Phoenix entity and feature the Shi’ar Empire as an antagonist.
- Magneto’s acolytes may appear.
- The fictional country of Genosha, which enforced mutant apartheid, is rumored to appear. That could also mean Magneto’s storyline where he takes over the country and sets it up as a mutant homeland may play into the story.
- Jessica Chastain is in talks to play Queen Lilandra, the head of the Shi’ar Empire and Xavier’s love interest.
- Dazzler will appear, but it’s not clear how big her role will be or who will play her.
- Several other well-known mutants may be introduced, including Rogue.
- The Hellfire Club is expected to appear (although probably without Emma Frosst).
- The X-Men may visit the Savage Land.
Director: Noah Hawley
While Fox may have driven the Fantastic Four into the ground, it still controls the rights to it and all associated characters. That includes the FF’s greatest foe, Doctor Doom.
During Comic-Con 2017, Fox stunned the assembled audience by announcing that it was moving ahead with a brand new film based on the character of Doom, and that it will be written and directed by Fargo and Legion showrunner, Noah Hawley. This would be Hawley’s feature film directorial debut, but he has directed multiple episodes of the shows he oversees.
Almost no other information was given, but this would likely be a reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise – assuming they are even in it. That means the the previous film versions will probably be ignored in favor of an all new origin.
Doctor Doom news and rumors
- This film is very, very early in development.
- The main role will be recast.
- Fox may use this film to introduce other characters from the Fantastic Four universe.
Much like Deadpool, this film only exists due to the passion of a very small group of people – or in this case, person. Channing Tatum is said to have actively pitched the movie to X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner with himself as the star. She liked the pitch, and the film moved into development, at least in early development.
Gambit has already seen multiple delays, and there doesn’t seem to be a firm date for principal photography to start. Given the success of Deadpool though, another quirky X-related character, Fox is probably keener to get this movie in production than before.
The first draft of the script was written by longtime X-Men comics writer, Chris Claremont. It then began the first of several rewrites. Filming is expected to begin at some point later this year or early 2017 with Tatum starring.
Gambit news and rumors
- Depending on what film set in the modern time comes first, Gambit will likely first appear in another film, or he will feature a cameo from a character like Deadpool.
- The Essex Corporation will play a part.
- Producer Simon Kinberg stated that part of the reason for the delays in getting Gambit going is that they “We just didn’t get the script to the place that we all felt like that movie deserved.”
- Despite rumors that Channing Tatum was considering leaving Gambit in favor of a role in a DC movie, the actor is not leaving the property. This rumor started simply because the new director of DC/WB’s upcoming The Flash followed Tatum and a few actors in DC films on Twitter. That’s it.
- After spending nearly a year attached to Gambit, director Doug Liman has left the project. An exact reason wasn’t given, but it was described as a “mutual decision.” Soon after the announcement of his departure, it was confirmed that Limon will now helm the WB/DC film, Justice League Dark.
- Shooting was expected to begin in January 2017, but that didn’t happen.
- In February 2017, producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that the film is still happening and Tatum is still involved. According to Kinberg, the studio wants it to win over audiences and critics in the same way Deadpool and Logan did, so they are taking their time. Shooting is now expected to begin in 2018.
- During Comic-Con 2017, Tatum confirmed that he is still involved with the film. The team involved saw what Logan and Deadpool did, and so they wanted to try to do something original and previously unseen like those films did so they went back to the script.
Director: Joe Carnahan
X-Force has been listed as “in development” since 2013. That makes it seem unlikely at best, but the success of Deadpool might have changed that. The original plan was to feature Cable, Domino, Warpath, Cannonball, and Feral as the team’s lineup. That could change, but Cable, Domino, and Deadpool will all be available following the Deadpool sequel.
There are, of course, other characters that could make up the team, as the film has undergone several changes over the years. One of the incarnation saw X-Force as a wetworks team, designed to take on missions that the X-Men couldn’t be seen as being involved with. Producer Simon Kinberg stated that the film may receive an R-rating, meaning the team would have that level of violence, at least.
Although there is movement on the X-Force film and the movement seems to be to building the shared X-universe using lesser known characters, this film has been in development for so long that until there is solid news, it’s hard to trust anything about it. When that changes though, we’ll let you know.
X-Force news and rumors
- Brian Singer claimed that he would like to see X-23 in X-Force. That may not be possible given the time setting of Logan, but anything is possible.
- Deadpool 2 will lead into X-Force.
- Jeff Wadlow is no longer attached to direct, possibly as a result of the success of Deadpool, which showed that the spinoff X-Men films could be hugely profitable.
- Director Joe Carnahan has been hired to direct.
- Carnahan will co-write with Ryan Reynolds.
- X-Force will be rated R.
- Cable and Deadpool will be the stars.
Unconfirmed and rumored Fox Marvel films
Fantastic Four 2
- Following the disastrous release of the 2015 Fantastic Four, it appeared as if Fox would either let the franchise rest for a bit, let the rights revert back to Marvel, or work out a deal similar to the one Sony has with Marvel Studios over Spider-Man. Instead, it appears that Fox may actually make a sequel to the poorly received film.
- There was a widespread rumor that Marvel traded the Fantastic Four rights back to Marvel for the rights to X-Men characters on TV. Fox has since categorically denied that and confirmed the rights remain at Fox.
- If they do make a sequel, it will pick up where Josh Tranks’ film left off, but also change the tone completely.
- A possible sequel would be more optimistic in tone than its predecessor.
- Seth Grahame-Green is reportedly looking to relaunch the Fantastic Four brand in a film starring Reed and Sue Richards’s son, Franklin.
General Marvel movies news and rumors
- Despite all the rights belonging to Disney, the chances of the Marvel TV characters appearing on film are low. The film and movie departments are separate, and they are reportedly at odds with each other.
- The chances of a solo Hulk film are slim for now. Universal still owns the distribution rights to solo Hulk films.
- Feige is now claiming that Marvel has regained the rights to Namor: The Submariner, although that may be slightly premature. The rights have been in a legal quagmire for years.
- In wilder Marvel movies news, the internet lit itself on fire with a rumor that Marvel and Fox were discussing a way to bring the two Marvel film universes together. There are two problems with that rumor though: First, it comes from a producer on Kevin Smith’s podcast, who heard it from an unconfirmed source. Second, even if it is true, they were described as they “kind of talked, but not really.”
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