The whole Fox/Disney merger thing still has a lot of question marks around it, but it appears that Fox is still going forward with some of its superhero development. There are two big X-Men related projects in particular that are gaining momentum: Gambit and Kitty Pryde films.
Kitty Pryde is the most surprising as it was only revealed recently via Collider and their sources that a film based on the X-team's favorite phasing little sister is in the works, with Deadpool's Tim Miller leading the charge and in place to direct.
Back when I was reading the X-Men books more regularly Kitty Pryde was always the little sister of the group. Wolverine and Colossus were always very protective of her even though she could phase her body through walls and away from harm. Doing a little research her relationship with Colossus actually started as a statutory rape-y romance, but all that had worked its way out by the time I was reading X-Men and Excalibur.
She has a cool dragon-looking alien sidekick named Lockheed, which could look pretty rad on the big screen, especially in the hands of Tim Miller who has proven to have a talent at bringing odd Marvel characters to the big screen.
Now, Kitty Pryde has a long way to go... it's still early on in the development, which could mean Marvel/Disney will nix it before it gets much farther. What's not so early on in development is the long-in-the-works Gambit film, which already has Channing Tatum on board to star and Gore Verbinski in the director's chair.
Gambit has a February 2019 release date, so it has to begin shooting soon if it's going to actually happen and the latest scuttlebutt has it shooting soon in New Oreleans (naturally). There's a site that has been tracking the development of this film in particular called Omega Underground and they say the start date on principal photography is March 19th.
I'm actually pretty psyched for this one. I love Gore Verbinski's eye (he did the original Pirates of the Caribbean films, The Ring and most recently the macabre A Cure For Wellness) and Gambit is a fun character that hasn't really been realized in any respectable way on screen.
So, what does this say about the state of Fox? Well, it seems to be that the modus operandi is continue forward as if nothing big was happening. I wouldn't be surprised if the MCU overlords pull the plug on Kitty Pryde because that has a long way to go before any filming would start. Nobody's cast yet, it's a relatively cheap cancel.
Gambit on the other hand has big names both in front of and behind the camera and I can see the filming date hitting before the merger is complete. If this movie was going to fizzle out it would have happened way before now.
Anyway, that's what's new in the Marvel Superhero world. What do you guys think?