Following the success of Deadpool, 20th Century Fox looks to be laying out its plans for its future Marvel slate, with BoxOffice reporting that the studio has set dates for two as-yet-untitled superhero movies on October 6th 2017 and January 12th 2018.
Furthermore, the X-Men spinoff movie Gambit has been removed from its original October 7th 2016 slot and the film – which is expected to start production in March – is currently without a release date.
Now, it is possible that Gambit could occupy one of the two new slots, although it wouldn’t make much sense for the studio to announce them as ‘Untitled Fox/Marvel Films’ if that were the case.
Assuming Fox wants to keep to a similar release pattern, then it would make sense for Deadpool 2 to hit in January 2018, while the October 2017 date could be filled by a spinoff such as X-Force or New Mutants.
Fox also has a June 2nd 2017 release date slot available, which was originally earmarked for Fantastic Four 2, so Gambit could always fit in there.
In addition to its Marvel dates, Fox has also moved up Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant to August 4th 2017 from its original October 6th date, as well as setting Shane Black’s Predator sequel to March 2nd 2018.