Marvel’s Film Slate From 4th Quarter Report

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,

Thor

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

Source: a1ant