Marvel Enterprises, Inc. just held their 4th Quarter Earnings Conference Call and some interesting items were covered by Marvel Studios’ Avi Arad. X-Men 3 is now scheduled for May 22nd, 2006 (that’s a Monday and he mentioned Memorial Day which is the following Monday – perhaps he meant May 26 instead?). The movie was previously set for the first weekend in May. He added that the story for the third film is better than the first two films and that Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are back and that they’re putting the video game into development early.
Arad said that you can expect the new Fantastic Four poster in 10 days. He also said the promotion for the film will be on par with the “Spider-Man” franchise and that the trailer will be seen with Fox films like “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith” and “Kingdom of Heaven,” and even Warner Bros.’ Batman Begins.
While it was believed Ghost Rider would be an early 2006 release, Arad mentioned it will be a summer movie.
Here is the complete list of Marvel projects from the company’s financial report:
Marvel Character Feature Film Line-Up For 2005
Fantastic Four, Fox – July 8, 2005 release
Marvel Character Feature Film Development Pipeline (Partial List)
X-Men 3, Fox – Summer, 2006 release
Ghost Rider, Sony – Script, Director, Filming started, Slated for 2006
Iron Man, New Line Cinema – Script, Targeted for 2006
Luke Cage, Sony/Columbia – Script, Director, Targeted for 2006
The Punisher 2, Lions Gate – Writer, Director, Targeted for 2006
Deathlok, Paramount – Script, Director, Targeted for 2006
Spider-Man 3, Sony/Columbia – Director, May 4, 2007 release
Namor, Universal Pictures – Script, Targeted for 2007
The Hulk 2, Universal Pictures – Development, Targeted for 2007
Wolverine, Fox – Development, Targeted for 2007
Marvel Character Feature Film Projects in Development
Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Nick Fury, Silver Surfer,
Marvel Character Animated Direct-to-Video Projects in Development
Partnership with Lions Gate to develop, produce and distribute original animated DVD features. Four projects in 2D/3D format are in development with the first release slated for 2006. Characters include: The Avengers 1, The Avengers 2 and Iron Man.
Marvel Character Animated TV Projects in Development
Partnership with Antefilms Distribution to produce an original animated television series based on the Fantastic Four. 26, thirty-minute 2D/3D animated episodes are planned with initial TV airings in 2006.
Marvel Character Live Action TV Projects in Development
Blade and Brother Voodoo are two Marvel characters that are in development.
2005 Video Game Release Schedule
Spider-Man & Friends, Activision – Q1 2005
Fantastic Four, Activision – Q2 2005
Ultimate Spider-Man, Activision – Q3 2005
X-Men Legends II, Activision – Q4 2005
Marvel versus EA, Electronic Arts – Q4 2005
Punisher, THQ Inc – Q1 2005
Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Vivendi Universal – Q3 2005