“Deadpool” Sequel, New X-Men Movies Get Release Dates

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Some big news in the Marvel Cinematic Universe surfaced over the weekend, centered around Deadpool and the X-Men.

First, we have a release date for the highly anticipated Deadpool sequel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox announced Saturday (April 22) that it has set a June 1, 2018 release date for Deadpool 2.

Ryan Reynolds will return to reprise the starring role in the film, after years trying to get the first Deadpool made. After the first film’s Feb. 2016 release, it went on to enjoy worldwide success, despite an R-rating, taking in $783 million at the global box office to become the top-grossing R-rated film of all time.

In Deadpool 2, Reynolds will be joined by Josh Brolin, who will play the legendary Cable, while Zazie Beetz will play Domino. Shooting is set to begin in June.

The Deadpool is part of a heavy X-Men lineup for 20th Century Fox in 2018, with three different movies in the X-Men universe set for release during the year.

There’s New Mutants, a spin off in the comic series that features teenaged mutants. The film is said to feature the junior X-Men taking on long-time enemies, Demon Bear. It’s slated for release first on April 13, 2018. The movie is expected to feature the junior X-Men facing off against one of their long-time enemies, Demon Bear.

Then, after Deadpool 2 drops in June, we’ll get a sequel to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, reportedly titled X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The film tells “The Dark Phoenix” storyline, a favorite among comic book fans, following mutant Jean Grey as she becomes an alternative being known as The Phoenix. It’s slated for release Nov. 2, 2018.

In other Fox news, four different Avatar sequels got release dates on Saturday, with James Cameron and Fox planning on releasing Avatar movies as far out as holiday season 2025.