For Fox and Marvel, a New Wolverine Movie Is Just the Beginning

Even as Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) toys with the idea of bringing fans three or more Marvel Studios-produced movies a year, Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA  ) is ramping production efforts on Marvel properties under its control, including a new Wolverine movie for 2017. Fool contributor Tim Beyers explains the implications in the following video.

Specifically, Fox has the next Wolverine movie scheduled for March 2017 with Fantastic Four 2 going that July. An untitled Marvel project is also on the books for July 2018. In December, Fox confirmed X-Men: Apocalypse for May 27, 2016.

Hugh Jackman has yet to confirm his participation in Apocalypse or any other X-Men team-up movie save for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which screens in May. He will, however, reprise the title role for the next Wolverine movie.

Jackman's last solo effort -- The Wolverine -- cost $115 million to produce and earned $416 million at the worldwide box office. Mix in another $56.1 million in Blu-ray and DVD sales (source: The-Numbers.com) and you've one of the better profit producers in Fox's history of adapting Marvel's superhero properties.

And yet, Tim says, Fox may be ignoring history in betting so heavily on Marvel-sourced material. Both X-Men: First Class and X-Men Origins: Wolverine needed ample DVD and Blu-ray sales in order to produce profits. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer doesn't appear to have done much better.

So while it's certain some fans will appreciate seeing more Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Wolverine movies get made, it's too early to know if Fox can develop the sort of franchise Marvel already has in The Avengers. Do you agree? Sound off in the comments section below.

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  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 5:39 PM, hthrun wrote:

    I think this may be the better approach as opposed to being conservative, at least as far as scheduling. If people know there are going to be more future installments, they may feel more inclined to go watch the present movies. That way they'll be sure to follow the whole story.

    When considering the performances of previous X-Men movies, I think we have to keep in mind that they were before the Avengers. I believe the Avengers and its tie-in movies have raised people's interest in Marvel and that really helped out "The Wolverine" when that came out....

  • Report this Comment On March 29, 2014, at 1:45 AM, lste55 wrote:

    What a lot of folks realize in the Marvel comic book lines is that the most interesting and sought after individual character comic is Wolverine and Spider-Man. There are older Marvel comic book fans that enjoy the Fantastic Four, but in today's age of comics turned to film the franchising of team themed movies tend to falter easier.

    The issue with the Fantastic Four Films past, present, and future, is that nobody today can relate to the humor or characters. The story itself is rather unattractive. Now compared to the X-Men and now the Avengers, the Fantastic Four will never compare to those stories.

    Perhaps the use of cameos by other super-powered teams or individuals in an X-Men or Wolverine movie could lead to a new movie. Cameos allow the audience to build interest in products that are not well known and create a new product from that interest.

    The biggest distracter of the Avengers movie is the amount of time each character is provided to build the story with. Screenplay writers need to use the characters to help build the story, and not use the story to build the characters. Bigger, louder, and grander scenes do not always help with the story or character development.

    I suggest that consumers take what the studios make as for our entertainment and not look for a movie that can or should imitate a novel or comic book. I would like to see an original thought put to screen using an established character and not waste the time with having to explain how that character was born.

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