Could Fox be combining their Marvel franchises into one film and do the Days of Future Present storyline from the comics?
20th Century Fox hasn’t had that much luck in the superhero movie universe as of late. Fantastic Four (2015) was a major financial and commercial bomb, some say the movie lost upwards of $60 million, interesting when you take into consideration the last movie that Josh Trank, director of Fantastic Four, made for Fox was Chronicle on a $12 million budget and made about $60 million domestic and $60 million international. Overall Trank lost the extra $60 million he made for Fox with this Fantastic Four disaster. Trank tanked.
But Fox ain’t dumb as they have been seem to know what they are doing with the X-Men franchise, which will finish out it’s second trilogy next year with X-Men: Apocalypse and finish out it’s Wolverine trilogy the following year with Hugh Jackman in his final Wolverine performance. And with the retirement of Wolverine, Fox already knows it needs new standalone character X-Men movies which is why they have Deadpool, which looks like it’ll stick to the character’s meta routes, coming out in 2016 and Gambit in 2017 starring Channing Tatum.
But just the other day, November 17th, 2015 to be exact, it was announced Bryan Singer was returning to helm the followup to X-Men: Apocalypse, which would start filming in 2017. Fox then announced they didn’t announce anything and that their are no plans for Singer to start filming the next X-Men movie, as he already has 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea set up at the studio as his next movie.
And then on November 23rd, Fox quietly took Fantastic Four 2 off of it’s schedule for 2017. Now I know filming a movie and the release of a movie are two very different things that happened years apart, but it looks like to me that if X-Men: Episode VI - Apocalypse does well then Singer obviously has dibs on the follow-up that will probably get made sooner rather than later. Fox also seems like they want to keep Fantastic Four in their fold, and what a better way to do that then by adding the Fantastic Four into an X-Men movie.
Before Fantastic Four was released to the largest disappointment a Hollywood blockbuster muster, Aint It Cool News released some speculation that the Day of Future Present storyline may indeed be happening: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/72454
Perhaps the best thing to do may be just have Michael B. Jordan’s Human Torch crossover and leave all the other actors behind. Then reboot Fantastic Four, but keep Jordan, with an all black cast like they should have in 2015. This would be similar to what they did with Wolverine: Episode I - XMen Origins. They pretend it doesn’t exist, yet Ryan Reynolds is staying on to play Deadpool. Afterall Reynolds didn’t write the script for the first Wolverine or Green Lantern or The Proposal.
Here’s Fox’s Upcoming Schedule:
Eddie the Eagle - February 26, 2016
The Other Side of the Door - March 11, 2016
Keeping Up with the Joneses - April 1, 2016
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates - July 8, 2016
A Cure for Wellness - September 23, 2016
Why Him? - November 11, 2016
Hidden Figure - January 13, 2017
The Mountain Between Us - February 10, 2017
Mother/Daughter - May 12, 2017
Kung Fu Panda 3 - January 29, 2016
Trolls - November 4, 2016
Boss Baby - March 10, 2017
The Croods 2 - December 22, 2017
Larrikins - February 16, 2018
How to Train Your Dragon 3 - June 29, 2018
Ice Age: Episode V - Collision Course - July 22, 2016
Ferdinand - April 7, 2017
Anubis - March 23, 2018
Deadpool - February 12, 2016
X-Men: Episode VI - Apocalypse - May 27, 2016
Wolverine 3 - March 3, 2017
Independence Day: Resurgence - June 24, 2016
Assassin's Creed - December 23, 2016
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - December 25, 2016
Maze Runner: The Death Cure - February 17, 2017
Kingsman 2 - June 16, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes - July 14, 2017
Alien: Covenant - October 6, 2017
Murder on the Orient Express - November 10, 2017
The Greatest Showman on Earth - December 25, 2017
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