Deadpool 2, Avatar Sequels, And Next X-Men Movie Get Release Dates

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The release dates for a number of high-profile upcoming films have been announced.

Starting with superhero films, Fox announced today that Deadpool 2 will arrive on June 1, 2018, with Dark Phoenix--the sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse--coming on November 2, 2018. The New Mutants film from director Josh Boone will come out before those, arriving on April 13, 2018.

All of these dates were reported by Entertainment Weekly.

Additionally, the four sequels to James Cameron's Avatar now have official release dates. As revealed on Facebook (via EW), the first will premiere on December 18, 2020, with the next ones arriving on December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024, and December 19, 2025. All four movies are being filmed at the same time, with production now finally underway.

2009's Avatar stands as the highest-grossing movie in history, bringing in $2.78 billion at the global box office.

According to Avatar star Sam Worthington, Avatar 2 will emphasize the "family" aspect that Cameron has previously spoken about. "This is going to be Jake [Sully, Worthington's character] eight years later, and he's got a family now'" he said. "The world is bigger than the first one, but essentially, it's a movie about family."

As for why Avatar 2 is taking so long to arrive, Cameron said previously that his plan to make the second, third, fourth, and fifth installments at the same time is a big task.

"So we're not making Avatar 2," he said. "We're making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5. It's an epic undertaking. It's not unlike building the Three Gorges dam. (Laughs) So I know where I'm going to be for the next eight years of my life."

In other news, an Avatar game from the developers of The Division is on the way.

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aspinlucas

2025, more than 8 years away - dam

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lionheartssj1

Ah yes...11 years will provide ample fermentation of my disinterest in the Avatar franchise.

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Zodiac_sign

Good news for the XCU except the Dark Phoenix. And that pretender Kinberg is directing? A guaranteed critical flop.

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RaveNRolla

Eh, never cared much for Avatar. Good news about Deadpool though!

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HarlemVIP

3...FREAKING...YEARS!!!

I'm just not gonna say anything else...

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Paulf001

Why do I have a feeling that Avatar 2,3,4,5 are going to be really bad.

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Tangsta03

4 sequels is just ridiculous, even if it's coming from the man that has never had a failed sequel before. I'd much rather just one more sequel, and then have Cameron moving on to making Battle Angel Alita instead.

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Redsyrup

@Tangsta03: So would I but the money in Avatar is immense. I don't think Cameron or anyone involved could turn it down. He'll probably be a billionaire after all are completed.

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Tangsta03

@Redsyrup: The hype had died down heaps since the first Avatar though. Demand for 3D is almost dead too. The sequels combined will make a lot of money, but none of the sequels will come anywhere near the original's box office takings. I'm predicting about 1 billion per movie max.

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Jigen32

Avatar 2 better be 3d without glasses or something innovative because 3d glasses movies have all but faded out. The only reason Avatar was popular was because of the 3d.

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PrpleTrtleBuBum

@Jigen32: VR? Seems like a perfect fit

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D_

well shit hope I'm still alive

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AncientDozer

It's funny. Avatar is the highest grossing movie of all time.

But. . . I can barely remember anything about it. It wasn't memorable at all.

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D_

@AncientDozer: was quite memorable for me but only in the special effects department.. was the first movie i had seen in 3D or at the IMAX. interested in seeing how pretty the next 1 will be

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NeonicTrash

Huge Avatar fan....but...ELEVEN FREAKING YEAR WAIT for the sequel?! Goddamn....It's already been 8! I knew the sequels were being worked on but I thought maybe by Dec. 2018 we'd see the first sequel...this filming them all at once just makes it all take longer...11 years is a long time to then reboot a franchise that's only had 1 movie, as big as Avatar was, that'll be 11 years out of pop culture and the public consciousness, I'm sure it'll be huge and do great and all, and be a great movie, but it just sucks to wait another 3, nearly 4 years just to get the next movie. I'd rather they put all efforts into getting 2 out by Dec. 2018, then if we have to wait 3-4 years after that it'd be more acceptable cause at least then we'd have something new. I never, ever thought when I saw the original, I'd be reading news in 2017 about, Avatar 2, coming 2020! These movies are very technologically demanding, I know for certain things Cameron has waited for certain inventions/innovations to film things the way he wants, in terms of 3D/CGI/etc.

Also it's odd that Avatar gets a theme park area at Disney starting next month, so I guess for some that will keep it in peoples minds and help younger folks even know what Avatar is...but still strange that a 1 film franchise got a theme park area and no sequel still 8 years later, while Star Wars Disney areas just started construction within past few years and won't be done till, I think I heard 2019? And Star Wars has been a sequelized franchise since the 1980s.

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xOmniCloudx

Avatar was a tech demo that sold on hype and not quality yet already has at least 4 sequels planned. Doesn't even have a sequel released yet but already has a theme world at Disneyland and Disney World. Unbelievable.

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NeonicTrash

@xOmniCloudx: I enjoyed Avatar more than either of the last 2 Star Wars movies, both of which had A LOT of hype after the early 2000s prequels which there is much hate for. And there's no argument it wasn't better than the 3 Star Wars movies before that, the prequels, which were MEGA HYPED, especially before Phantom Menace came out and started the hate train with it. Arguably if they had planned it out better, we'd have already gotten a sequel or 2. Avatar still has 21st century Star Wars potential, far beyond anything Lord Of The Rings/Hobbit ever achieved. Obviously, especially for their time, Avatar's visuals are amazing. The story is strong and the characters are good and the 'green' themes are very topical. Cameron has never made a bad film, he's not a director worth any criticism. He's pushing cinematic tech for all movie fans, no matter your favorite genre. And you should not be confused at the sequel planning or theme park, IT MADE OVER 2 BILLION DOLLARS....when a movie does that, it gets FUNDING and support for other projects.

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AncientDozer

@NeonicTrash: But he's right though, it was just a glorified tech demo. The characters were lackluster and generic while the story was overly cliche and a little racist (white guy comes along and out-natives the natives?).

The only thing it had going for it was the superb quality of the 3-D and the CGI.

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NeonicTrash

@AncientDozer: Matter of opinion. In this case I think this mega popular movie was actually also a great movie. Someone who didn't really care for scifi could've called the original Star Wars a 'tech demo' for the time. Compare Avatar to Phantom Menace, Phantom feels way more juvenile and was also a tech showcase for the time, being the first new Star Wars movies since the 80s. I've seen an interview show from the early 80s where 2 great scifi writers, Asimov and Ellison call Alien nothing more than a haunted house movie in space, with no real scifi meat on its bones, when Alien is generally now regarded as an all time scifi classic and I've read plenty of analysis that feels otherwise, and that it does contain all kinds of subtext and interesting 'plot meat' more than is at surface level.

I think the two leads were strong characters. I think it's interesting. Handicapped military guy goes against orders after being won over by native culture. Tons of 'green' and military industrial vs primitive tribes/colonization themes in there, many of which are reality based. Star Wars movies featuring Death star or death star like weapons that have be destroyed/stopped aren't cliche? Most superhero blockbusters aren't cliche? 'White guy' doesn't out native the natives, he forsakes his own roots and values, sees the wrong in what humans are doing, and changes sides cause he think it's morally right. He's only able to tame the dragon and become a leader of natives as an Avatar, converted from his human form, his human race of being caucasian is irrelevant.

You and the other guy paid 12-15 to see it in theaters I'm betting, so, the hype/trailers/word of mouth got you in the seat, mission accomplished on their part. I feel bad for anyone like yourself who can't appreciate such a great film. Have no idea what viewers like yourself prefer. So I'm supposed to believe you won't pay to see the sequel in theater no matter the reviews or if you think the trailer looks good....but at some point even if only out of curiosity, at some point you end up watching it on Netflix or TV...c'mon now...

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PrpleTrtleBuBum

@NeonicTrash: Might be hard to believe but lots of people didn't care or skipped. I was watching Avatar for the first time a couple of years ago when it was on TV, but about after 20 minutes I gave up. It didn't feel exactly bad, just "blergh"

I definitely wanted to watch the Star Warses (Sans rogue), Lord of The Rings, Matrix etc similar efforts though, and didn't regret.

I would call Avatar the Crysis of movies. Crysis was also supposedly huge, beautiful, in-depth etc. Also the jungles and soldiers and machines and alien lifeforms. And I didn't find it interesting at all, nor Crysis 2 or 3 (with 3rd I only looked at the screenshots and concluded that it's the same. The game was even offered free at some point but I didn't care enough to get it).

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DaVillain-

@sellingthings: Avatar was more like, Fergually only for adults.

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DN3D1997

@sellingthings:

Don't forget "Dances with Wolves".And it made that much because 3D was new and shiny,and those double priced tickets.Also every kid wanted to see it and mom and pa' had to go with'em,so,3 tickets just for the sake of one kid,you know?

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DN3D1997

@sellingthings: I know.What i ment was that it was "so hot" 10 years ago.I saw T2 on 3D back in 1996,so,i know.

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NeonicTrash

@DN3D1997: It did not make that much just because of 3D. I never cared it was in 3D, and I didn't even see it in 3D. It made that much cause it's a great film, visually striking and groundbreaking, had GREAT MASSIVE MARKETING, and as with all Cameron films, is actually a good movie, I think it's great, and it had great reviews and word of mouth. In fact due to demand, wasn't it brought back into theaters after it left, cause people still wanted to see it. The film was successful globally, and 3D wasn't fully up and running in every random worldwide theater, s it wasn't the 3d as you suggest.

Would you fabricate similar non-truths to explain the success and phenomenon that was Titanic, Cameron's previous film? Nothing to do with 3D, or any wildy advanced visual effects...again it was about the story, overall presentation, word of mouth, a song that got very popular,etc

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DN3D1997

@NeonicTrash:

Titanic was corny love-BS-story with millions and millions of teen and pre-teen chicks and their "crush" and falling-in-love with the "candy-like" Leo back then.Hell,i knew many elderly women crying like babies over and over and watching this mediocre film all day long.So,there is that,too.I have massive respect for Cameron for Aliens,T2 and True Lies,but those two films alone put me off of of him for life.Maybe,when he gets the rights to Terminator again this year,...but i don't see him do it before 2030's....And he's not getting any younger.

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yukushi

This does not make sense why would you do a movie now and release a part of it in 2025 that is 8 years from now, do you know how fast technology changes it wont look impressive then.

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NeonicTrash

@yukushi: I imagine only parts of it are being done right now...principal photography probably won't be done on the 2025 one for YEARS...and even then, the CGI/post production work can be updated/polished, final touches held off on for awhile...you misunderstand how they're doing these...they're not fully finishing it completely anytime soon then shelving it in a can till 2025, that last one will probably be the most visually advanced cause it will have its finishing CGI touches done last. Avatar would've happened even sooner if not for technological limitations, and what Cameron must have in mind for these probably has something to do with why they're taking so long...you need to be more logical about things and realize Cameron knows what he's doing...he's not going to put outdated tech effects on screen for 2025 audiences...each film will be top of the line, just like the original.

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timthegem

@yukushi: Yes, because James Cameron needs advice on how to make films look impressive. *facepalm*

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cjtopspin

@timthegem: the number of experts who post on these boards is pretty amazing. Of course one would think they would be embarking on their own creative endeavors instead of posting on a video game website but...what do I know. After all, I'm no expert.

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Bez1212

Can't think of anything worse a dull movie which only smashed records for being one of the first 3d films and due to who was directing it. Other than that the story wasn't that great. Seriously not bothered would rather him move on from this rubbish dull franchise which isn't even a franchise considering we have had 1 film lol

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NeonicTrash

@bez1212: People are wired so differently. You think one of the most visually striking, action filled 21st century epics was dull? I guess any film made for less than 30 million or made before 1990 instantly puts you to sleep then...? Cause Avatar is a very interesting film to look at even if you don't care about the plot. The end scene with giant dragons fighting an army of military flying vehicles was exhilarating to watch in the theater. You seem to another guy that think it only did so well cause of the 3d gimmick when many such as myself didn't care abut 3d and didn't see it in 3d, and as the other guy below me pointed out, 3d films were an old thing not a new thing, what was going on then was a 3d revival but a film like Avatar would've stood on its own anyway.

And this will be proven with how well the sequels do when noone really cares about 3d anymore.

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mortis9

@sellingthings: 3D was around for a long time, but not even close to a mainstream thing, prior to Avatar. Perhaps you've forgotten that there weren't any 3D movies in theaters when Avatar was released. Back then, if you wanted to see 3D, you needed to go to a museum or theme park. After Avatar was released, the flood gates opened and every 3rd film released was now showing in both 2D and 3D. Yes, large format film was around before Avatar, but Avatar wasn't filmed in large format. Avatar isn't a traditional IMAX movie, but rather a completely digital movie that was shot with a brand new (at the time) all digital 3D IMAX camera. Avatar is filmed in wide format 1080p. Why bring this up? Becuase in truth, Avatar's visual fidelity doesn't stand up even now, to a real large format film (what you call IMAX) from 50 years ago.

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Jigen32

@sellingthings:I think he means with the Resurrection of 3d during the mid 2000's with the Real D glasses

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Jigen32

@sellingthings: So you are saying we've peaked with 3d technology? And there's no way we can come up with something new in relation to 3d movies. While I'm not a fan of 3d and I find it to be a fad. There are new 3d technologies and uses for it, just look at the Nintendo 3ds. It becomes popular for a bit then dies out then comes back like 10 years later. Just like Virtual Reality in the 90's and now it's come back again but better. I haven't been to a movie theater to see a movie in 3d without glasses. Have you? If they did have that it would be new.

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Ember_to_Flame

Avatar Movies filmed at the same time, but released in the span of 5 years???? And not only is the first of em out in 3 years from now, it has taken 11 years since the first one came. The Movies better be 5 hours long each.

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Archangel2222

Would rather Cameron put this kind of effort in a Terminator movie based in the future or the final war in 2029-2032 since he gets the rights back very soon. No thanks for Avatar Ill pass on that movie

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DarthRevenX

it's all about Avatar.......and Deadpool......well the next X-Men could be good too.....especially if X-Men embraces the source......

Not sure what Avatar can do to improve, I was pretty much sold on it, I liked the story a lot.....

Deadpool 2 will be the shiznit......not sure how Cabel fits in.....but pretty sure there'll be some crazy stuff in there....maybe Cabel is how the X-Men universe get's rebooted??? to a correct state??????????

I just with there was Tron 3 coming down the line....really love those movies......

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NeonicTrash

@sellingthings: http://screenrant.com/movies-inspired-star-wars/?view=all

And Star Wars was a just a western in space, with the lead villain dressed in all black instead of wearing a black hat...taking inspiration from many things including laser sword fights instead of old movie style swashbuckling sword fights....Lucas also has said old samurai movies inspired him and he took from those as well.

And I like Star Wars, but see, anything can be reduced or broken apart and said to be, oh that's just a piece of this and a piece of that. I think Avatar is great and had a much better story than a lot of blockbusters.

There's room for more than 1 space epic franchise, something OTHER than Star Wars...how many films have revolved around a Death Star or something like it being built? And I found Avatar to be less kid friendly and kid-centric than Star Wars is, with all its toys and figures and playsets.

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ninjaguiden78

They might have to cancell the other releases after this one bombs .

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NeonicTrash

@ninjaguiden78: It's a James Cameron film. You know, the same guy that made Titanic, Terminator 2, and Aliens. His films don't bomb. Even if it doesn't do the original's numbers, pretty much 1 billion guaranteed based on hype/marketing alone.

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nazart81

Avatar was an ok film, I could watch the sequel, but man 3, 4 and 5 that's a lot of the same thing, they better have a f**king awesome story.

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