Release dates for three upcoming Marvel films, including “The Fantastic Four 2,” a sequel to 2013’s “Wolverine” and an untitled Marvel film, have been set by 20th Century Fox, the studio announced Thursday.
“The Fantastic Four 2” is set for a July 14, 2017 release and Josh Trank will direct the superhero film, while Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell are expected to play the lead roles. Meanwhile, the first installment of the rebooted franchise will hit theaters on June 19, 2015.
An untitled sequel to “The Wolverine” will open March 3, 2017 with Hugh Jackman returning to play the lead, and James Mangold has been signed on to direct the film. According to reports, the film will be preceded by "X-Men: Apocalypse", a sequel to the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past", on May 27, 2016. “The Wolverine” earned more than $414 million globally last year.
Fox also announced an untitled film by Marvel, scheduled to release on July 13, 2018, but no other details of the film have been revealed yet. According to reports, the film could be a “Spider-Man” spin-off or a crossover film involving the “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” heroes.
The studio also reportedly announced a Jan. 9, 2015 release for Liam Neeson starrer, "Taken 3" and an untitled Ridley Scott movie for March 4, 2016. Fox also has reportedly pushed back the release of Daniel Radcliffe starrer "Frankenstein" from Jan. 16, 2015 to Oct. 2, 2015.
The release of Matthew Vaughn's "The Secret Service" was changed to Oct. 24 and a Vince Vaughn movie, "Business or Pleasure," has been delayed until March 6, 2015.