With X-MEN & FF Disney-Bound, Where Does This Leave The 11 Movies & Three TV Shows Fox Developed?

X-Men and Fantastic Four
Credit: 20th Century Fox
Credit: 20th Century Fox

The Walt Disney Company has acquired 21st Century Fox's film and television assets (pending stockholder and regulator approval), so where does that leave their plans for the X-Men and Fantastic Four? Fox has made 13 films based on those franchises since they acquired the rights in 1994, but have 11 upcoming films in various stages of development - not to mention projects for television.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

With ink on the Disney/Fox deal still drying, Newsarama has more questions than answers - but here's a rundown of what's in development.

On the movie side, filming is complete on all 2018 projects (New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix). The beleaguered Gambit film was expected to begin filming in early 2018 under veteran Disney director Gore Verbinski for a February 14, 2019 release, but while unlikely at this stage, this deal could potentially affect that.

In addition to that, seven films are reportedly in active development: X-Force, X-23, a third Deadpool film, two New Mutants sequels, James Franco's Multiple Man, as well as a Doctor Doom movie by Legion showrunner Noah Hawley. All told, Fox had six theatrical release dates reserved for unspecified Marvel films (as outlined in our Full Comic Book Movie Schedule): June 7, 2019; November 22, 2019; March 13, 2020; June 20, 2020; October 2, 2020; and March 5, 2021.

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The prospective future for some of these projects could potentially be in doubt depending on Disney strategy. However, given X-Men: Dark Phoenix writer/director Simon Kinberg's long-time work as a producer for both Fox's X-Men films and Disney's Star Wars films, a bridge to ease transition may already be in place.

In 2017, Fox revived the dormant TV side of the X-Men equation with Legion. A second season of Legion is anticipated for 2018, while The Gifted's first season is expected to run through early 2018. The latter show has not been renewed for a second season. Additionally, a Deadpool animated series remains in development for FXX in 2018. (A full run-down of the comic book-based TV shows in development can be viewed here.)

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