‘Wolverine 3′, ‘Fantastic Four 2′, ‘Taken 3′ and More Get Release Dates

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 21st, 2014 at 1:17 pm,

wolverine 3 release date Wolverine 3, Fantastic Four 2, Taken 3 and More Get Release Dates

20th Century Fox’s roadmap for its Marvel Film Universe over the next few years includes Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past – which unites the older present-day X-Men trilogy and younger X-Men: First Class casts – arriving this May, Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot releasing in 2015, and then X-Men: Apocalypse (the conclusion to the First Class trilogy) hitting theaters in 2016.

There are a handful of additional X-Men project is some stage of development right now, though Wolverine 3 – a.k.a. the sequel to The Wolverine – is the one that’s been showing the most signs of activity in recent months, with director James Mangold having just announced this past week that he anticipates production getting started after Apocalypse is finished.

Fox has now made that official, having announced a March 3rd, 2017 release date for Mangold’s next Wolverine installment – one that could conceivably be star Hugh Jackman’s final outing as the metal-clawed Logan, no less. In addition, the studio has taken a leaf from Sony’s playbook for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise and staked out a July 14th, 2017 date for Fantastic Four 2 – even as Trank’s reboot is in the process of finalizing its cast roster ahead of principal photography getting underway within a month or two.

Beyond that, the studio has staked out July 13th, 2018 as the release date for a currently under-wraps Marvel film. The list of potential candidates for that date includes the X-Force movie written by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), a proposed Gambit feature starring Channing Tatum that’s still awaiting an official green light, and the rumored X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover that Simon Kinberg (who penned Days of Future Past and Trank’s F4 reboot) may be helping to lay the groundwork for.

taken 3 release date Wolverine 3, Fantastic Four 2, Taken 3 and More Get Release Dates

In non-comic book/superhero genre-related news, Fox has also set a January 9th, 2015 launch date for Taken 3, the third installment in the highly profitable Liam Neeson Euro-thriller series co-written and produced by Luc Besson. A director has yet to be officially announced for the project, though Neeson’s Taken 1 & 2 costars Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen were confirmed as cast members last week; expect an update in the near future, as production will have to get going very soon.

Additionally, Fox has changed dates for a few upcoming films:

  • The Secret ServiceKick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of the Mark Millar espionage comic book – has switched its previous March 6th, 2015 date with an untitled Vince Vaughn movie; it will now open in theaters on October 24th, 2014, where it faces low-budget horror offerings Ouija and Paranormal Activity 5.
  • Frankenstein – a retelling of the Mary Shelley sci-fi/horror classic starring Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, and Jessica Brown Findlay – has moved back from January 16th, 2015 to October 2nd later that year. The date is currently unoccupied, though Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book is scheduled to arrive a week later.

Finally, the studio also set an unspecified Ridley Scott project for release on March 4th, 2016. The hard-working director previously indicated that his followup to his Biblical blockbuster Exodus (which opens December 2014) will be a sci-fi offering, though that only partially narrows the list of possibilities – as Scott currently has three projects that fall under that genre’s jurisdiction in development: a Prometheus sequel, a second installment set in the Blade Runner universe (though WB distributed the first movie), and the novel adaptation The Forever War.


The Secret Service opens in U.S. theaters on October 24th, 2014. Taken 3 arrives thereafter on January 9th, 2015, followed by Frankenstein on October 2nd, 2015, and a currently-unspecified Ridley Scott feature on March 4th, 2016.

As for the Fox/Marvel film universe release slate: X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives in U.S. theaters on May 23rd, 2014, followed by Fantastic Four on June 19th, 2015, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on July 14th, 2017, and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13th, 2018.

Source: 20th Century Fox

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    • We’ve been referring to it as Wolverine 3 since it’s the third Wolverine-centered spinoff (after X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine).

    • Although most choose to disregard it, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is Wolverine 1 and “The Wolverine” is considered Wolverine 2.

    • It’s kind of like Rambo. it was “First Blood.” “First Blood Part II” then it went to “Rambo 3″

  1. For the love of Engineer please let it be a sequel to Prometheus! Or will it be called Paradise?

  2. Fantastic four 2? so when is the first one being done? hope Wolverine 2 takes place after events of Apocalypse. Singer says he wants to use Nightcrawler, and Gambit I just hope he also includes Juggernaught, Blob, Sabretoothe, Archangel, Cyclops, Jean, Storm, and make the film mainly a Younge X-men film but not have them too young.

  3. FF 2, Wolverine and an untitled film? I’m GUESSING it will be either a FF and X-Men crossover, or X-force, or HOPEFULLY Deadpool.

  4. Whatever any of the movies come out to be, we do know one thing is for certain: Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will either star or cameo in every FOX movie. With his shirt off. Yelling.

    • Ha ha ha!

  5. Is it just me or they just don’t care about the films that probably won’t have sequels anymore, like they are giving up on them.
    I mean Taken 3 is set to the first week of Jan? that is where movies are sent just so they will bring back thier budjet. I mean it is the seconed mose lucrtive action proprty right now (That is not backed down by Sci-fi or superhero)It’s seem like a shame to through it in against all the oscar movies.

    And W3 in March??? I know the stoudios try to expand the “blockbuster season” as much as they can but why do they need to sacrfice the follow up to the seconed highest film in thier superhero franchise? seem like a poor judgment to me.
    on the other hand who cares we get to see it more early :)

  6. The key to an xmen/FF crossover is Franklin Richards, older, coming from the future to the present and indiscriminately erasing people from existance to further the mutant cause. the present FF team would have to fight the older and awesomely powerful mutant, sue and Reed’s own son, and the xteams are caught in the middle picking a side.

    Perhaps at the end of FF 2, sue becomes preggo and it sets up Franklin. They could add Cable chasing Franklin to the past and he forms xforce to deal with the threat and to face the FF.

    • That’s too good of a plot, and probably would be too hard for the average movie goer to follow (or so would Hollywood think). Sad but true. You know how movies normally cater to the lowest common denominator.

  7. I hope that the Taken universe crosses over with the Expendables universe one day.

    • I hope Krull 2 comes along and Liam Neeson reprises his role as the memorable “Kegan”.

      Actually an Expendables-like mashup of various B-movies sounds… well, it sounds horrid, but amazing in its horrid awfulness.

  8. Movie idea,

    Deadpool re enacts the dogma scene in the big fox corporate office and one by one picks off every single stupid decision making executive and for every stupid decision ( at this point opps I did it again by Britney is playing in the background) comes a wicked kick, punch or katana slash to the face. And for the finale and their biggest stupid decisions which is not green lighting the movie by now…. cue miley cyrus and a huge wrecking ball destroys the Fox office, we look outside and its cable driving the crane.

    get to it fan boys…make that movie!!!

    • Oh god I want to see this… AND I want to see Ron Burgundy report on it, AAAND his interview with Deadpool… and then cut to the Human Torch being denied a bank loan.

      • … because he’s black.

  9. I love me some Ridley Scott sci-fi.

  10. Please Ridley Scott, do ‘The Forever War’ next! Don’t do the Prometheus sequel. Please! :(

  11. I am not seeing any of Fox made Marvel movie. To me, ALL OF FOX MARVEL MOVIES SUCKS!!!!! From Fantastic Four to X-men and so-on FOX Studio always get the story wrong. They have destroy a great comic like X-men. Fox, Wolverine is not the only member of the group that has a voice. No Cyclops and No Storm two of the strongest personalities that have no voice. For Bryan Singer, you failed with Superman and you did a horrible job with the X-men franchise(compared with Marvel/Disney movies). I could careless about anything Fox does with its Marvel properties. People, if you want these great properties back at Marvel/Disney studio(a real studio) do not pay to see these any Fox Studio- Marvel movies.

  12. I will pay to see another Wolverine, Apocalypse, Prometheus or Taken film but I will not spend my money on crap like F4. You people who handle the X Men, don’t make a crossover with the F4 Crap or the franchise and your pockets will pay the price.

  13. So Apocalypse is a one-off villain, that is disappointing.

    I wonder hat story are they planning for the Wolverine? If it is Jackman’s last run as Wolvie then that is a bummer. I was hoping they were developing an Age of Apocalypse storyline. oh well.

  14. The next Wolverine installment should be about Logan being confronted by Mystique (where Rebecca Romijn can reprise her role) and she tells Logan how they both were apart of the Weapon X program and they both infiltrate a secret facility where he discovers X-23. Omega Red can be the main villain.

  15. This is great news. I’ve been waiting for a Fox to put forth a plan and to allude to something bigger like they do in the MCU. I think we’ll get a “Franklin Richards ” XMen/Fantastic Four crossover in 2018. That will bring the XMen cinematic Universe into present day to work with F4 to stop Franklin Richards. I could see X-Force dropping after that. Can’t wait!

    P.S. Not that I trust Fox to get it right, but I’ve been an X-MEN fan since 1985 and nothing’s gonna change that.

    • 2018, no way. FF does not come out until next year. Which means that unless they start the franchise with Franklin then he will be born in the FF sequel. That would be 2017 at the earliest.

      As t whether it could happen, sure. If Singer and Vaughn don’t fold the current X franchise after X-Force in 2018. If X-Force gets made.

      Personally, I’d rather see Apocalypse win in AoA, then follow that up with a Wolverine movie set in the AoA from the comics and fish i off with an X-Force movie with Rogue and her X-Men from AoA. That would kick ass.

  16. Wow another Taken film??? Will that be even CREDIBLE?

    Also, they need to quit stacking Wolverine with films.
    After Xmen Apocalypse, they must bring something even greater or maybe explore other interesting mutants, and not release a wolvie 3.

  17. Hey just a thought! I think Deadpool film rights are up in the next few years. Comicbookmovie reported last year that Fox deal with Deadpool was different from when they acquired the x-men rights. If they don’t use Deadpool they are going to lose him to Marvel/Disney.

  18. Never thought I’d say this, but I’m literally sick of looking at Wolverine. Overkill much?

  19. Why not stay with Taylor Kitsch as Remy LeBeau/Gambit, his role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was too short, we nee to see more of him as Gambit. I don’t think going with Channing Tatum as Gambit will be a good idea, I like Channing but I don’t see this role as a proper fit for him.

  20. So they’ve already set a release date for The Fantastic Four two?!??
    Just from the crappy details I’ve heard about the first one (which I wont bother watching even if I can check it out from my local library for free)& FOX has already started making plans for a second?!??
    I really hope the first one’s a train wreck that crashes & burns at the box office.

  21. Here is what they should do:

    After DOFP, the sentinel threat has been averted maybe completely. This leaves mankind defenseless against Apocalypse and his Horsemen. So. do the X-Men Age of Apocalypse as planned. Make Apocalypse himself, not Magneto possessed. Have the Magneto and Xaiver band together to defeat Apocalypse. But, Apocalypse wins. Xaiver is killed and many others as well. End on a dark note. Next do a Wolverine movie set in present day but a different timeline, the a film version of the Age of Apocalypse from the comics. Give him a mission and use the movie as a bridge to X-Force, or X-Caliber, as the finale of the Singer/Vaughn X franchise. Use Rogue and her Astonishing X-Men from AoA for X-Force. Bring back Bring back Anna Paquin to play lead. Given the world of AoA Rogue would have absorbed many powers, she would be Uber badass like in the comics. There could be a scene with a dying Magneto axing her to take his powers before they are lost. Given how they started, it would be powerful.

    DOFP is done. So I have no idea what every detail will be till it comes.

  22. More Wolverine/Hugh Jackman!!!