While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been humming along for years, it was actually Fox who started the comic book movie boom with the first X-Men film. Over the years, the franchise has slowly grown into one of the most solid in movies today, and in recent years the studio has begun to look at ways to continue to expand its mutant universe.

2016 was an important year for Fox, as the studio found out how big their comic-book audience is. There already are plans for the future that will keep the X-Men and their associated characters going for quite some time, with spinoffs and solo movies in the works for years to come. Here's the complete list of greenlit X-Men and mutant films, with their planned release dates:

Logan Hugh Jackman

Logan

The end of an era is nearly upon us. Hugh Jackman is planning his third solo Wolverine movie to be his final outing as the iconic character. Patrick Stewart will be joining Jackman as Professor X to give Wolverine a proper goodbye in the movie, that's now called Logan. It will be directed by The Wolverine director James Mangold, and will be set in a non-descript future where Wolverine will need to come to the aid of X-23. This may be the last we see of Hugh Jackman, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will be the end of Wolverine.

Release Date: March 3, 2017

Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2

A sequel to Ryan Reynolds' immensely popular original story, Deadpool, was never in doubt. But the steps to get there have been a bit bumpy. Original director Tim Miller recently departed the project for what is being called "creative differences," though he already has been replaced by John Wick co-director David Leitch. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will be back for Deadpool 2, and it's rumored that fan-favorite characters Cable and Domino will be part of the story, though no casting has occurred, and there's no release date... yet.

Release Date: Unknown

The New Mutants

New Mutants

As the most recent project added to Fox's X-Men slate, New Mutants is the most mysterious film at the moment. We know that Josh Boone, the director of The Fault in Our Stars, will be helming this, and he is also currently writing the screenplay (as he has been sharing a good deal on social media about his progress. Fox's head of all things X-Men, Simon Kinberg, has also revealed that the movie is being designed as a young adult feature, and a recent report called this "Stephen King meets John Hughes." The villain Demon Bear may also play a significant part. No cast or characters have been announced yet, though, so this one is still down the road.

Release Date: Unknown

Gambit

Gambit

Man, this one has been plagued by delays. Channing Tatum has had his eye on the cajun mutant Gambit for years. The project has run into a number of issues, however, including, at one point, word that the film was going to move forward without Tatum. The movie has also had a hell of a time finding a director, with Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) leaving the project recently in favor of DC's Justice League Dark. This one falls into the "May still happen, but no clue when" category.

Release Date: Unknown

X-Men: Apocalypse

Untitled Fox/Marvel Dates

Sensing that they have a strong partnership on their hands, Fox is holding on to the mutant properties, as well as The Fantastic Four, for the time being. But we do not know their official plans beyond what has been revealed above. After X-Men: Apocalypse, we'd assume that the traditional X-Men ensemble will get another story, and we've heard rumors that it will tell the Dark Phoenix saga, set in the 1990s (with the cast that is pictured above). But Fox recently circled a number of release dates that don't have official titles attached to them. They are: March 2, 2018; June 29, 2018; November 2, 2018; and February 14, 2019. My guess is that New Mutants and Deadpool 2 claim two of those dates, and a conventional X-Men sequel grabs another one of them. Stay tuned for details as they emerge.

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