Fox will release two X-Men movies this year: Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool sequel on May 18 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix on Nov. 2. The studio also is planning three X-Men movies for 2019, with another three expected the following year.
On the Fox lot, phrases like “it’s business as usual” reverberate in conversations with agents and execs. “We actually have way more in development and production in Marvel IP than at any point in the history of the studio,” says a Fox insider. “There’s been zero slowdown on that front given Disney.”
X-Force, a Deadpool spinoff from Drew Goddard, is set to begin shooting in October, with Reynolds and Josh Brolin expected to star. The studio is still focusing on developing both the X-Men and Fantastic Four brands, including a Doctor Doom movie from Fargo and Legion showrunner Noah Hawley.
“They have to proceed as business as usual in case the merger doesn’t go through,” says one agent whose clients work on Fox’s Marvel movies. “It’s a unique position to be in.