The X-Men franchise has had a big year in 2016 with the release of both Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse… but the future is fairly unclear. While it has been revealed that 20th Century Fox has a number of related projects currently in development, they haven’t followed in the footsteps of Marvel Studios or Warner Bros. by announcing a full slate of movies that will come out between now and 2020. Whether this is because the studio is playing things close to the vest or because plans remain unstable we don’t know – but what we do have is ideas about where things should be headed.

Taking into consideration the information that’s been released over the last few weeks, months and years about the future of the X-Men franchise, we’ve drawn up our own ideas for the slate of films that can follow X-Men: Apocalypse in theaters over the course of the next four years. Read on and see if you agree!

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains some minor spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse. These details won’t ruin your experience watching the blockbuster, but if you wish to go into the movie knowing nothing, we may recommend clicking away to another one of our wonderful articles.


Wolverine 3
Wolverine 3
As far as the release slate goes, there’s very little guess work needed for this one, as it’s been confirmed that James Mangold’s Wolverine 3 will be the next title produced by the X-Men franchise. Much like The Wolverine was, the film is expected to have a good bit of distance from the other movies in the universe – but that will be accentuated this time around by the fact that the story is set in the future. It’s been rumored that the story will be influenced by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s "Old Man Logan" arc, and we know it will pair Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine up with Patrick Stewart’s Professor X one last time. Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, and Elizabeth Rodriguez have all been reported as being part of the cast, and it’s been suggested (mostly by the X-Men: Apocalypse post-credits scene) that the villainous Mister Sinister could have a role to play.

To date, the Gambit movie has had quite a bit of trouble getting on its feet – mostly due to losing its director last summer – but there’s time to have this project ready for a release date in the fall of 2017. Doug Liman has been hired to take the helm of the film, and we can assume that both Channing Tatum and Lea Seydoux are still attached to play the leads (the latter as Bella Donna Boudreaux). It’s been rumored for a while that the central villain will be Mister Sinister – who plays a key part in Gambit’s origin in the comics – which would certainly be interesting if he’s also the main antagonist of Wolverine 3. Of course, this is very doable considering A) Wolverine 3 will be set in the future, years after the events in Gambit and B) Mister Sinister is practically immortal.

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