Deadpool 2, X-Men Dark Phoenix, New Mutants get release dates: 2018 will be the year of mutants
20th Century Fox has given official release dates to three upcoming X-Men and its spin-off films reports Deadline.
Deadpool 2, the sequel to the 2016 blockbuster starring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed Marvel antihero, has announced its release date: 1 June, 2018.
Deadpool was a surprise hit for the studio: After Reynolds spent years lobbying to get a standalone Deadpool film made, the film about the Merc with the Mouth ended up becoming the highest grossing rated-R film of all time.
Recently, Deadpool 2 made a pair of major cast additions, recruiting Zazie Beetz to play Domino and Josh Brolin to appear as fan favourite Cable; this is Brolin's second major role within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as he also portrays Thanos in the Avengers saga. John Wick director David Leitch will helm the sequel.
New Mutants will open on 13 April 2018. The next core X-Men movie, now confirmed to be X-Men: Dark Phoenix, will open on 2 November 2018.
New Mutants is inspired by the very first X-Men spinoff series, The New Mutants, which followed a new class of teenage mutants attending Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. In keeping with the tone and tradition of the comic book series, the New Mutants movie is intended to be the X-Men film franchise's entry into the Young Adult film genre. The film is expected to begin shooting in early May, with production taking place in Montreal and Boston.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be an adaptation of The Dark Phoenix Saga which made its comic book debut in 1980. X-Men: The Last Stand previously adapted the story, but fans were generally not satisfied with the results. The X-Men time travel shenanigans have provided Fox with a rare second chance to do the story justice.
Sophie Turner will return as Jean Grey, the host for the Phoenix Force and central figure of the saga. Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp are expected to return as Cyclops and Storm, respectively. The older members of the prequel trilogy cast had their contracts expire after X-Men: Apocalypse, so their involvement remains up in the air.