What Disney Will Do With Fox's Movies, Franchises & Studios

Late last month, it became official; Disney will be purchasing the bulk of Fox’s film and television output. After a short but tense battle with rival corporate giant Comcast, the House of Mouse emerged victorious, and the deal is expected to be finalized by summer 2019.

Whilst the industry is still waiting to see if Disney receives the foreign regulatory approvals it needs to complete its purchase, fans of Fox’s many movies and franchises have been anticipating the deal with a mixture of curiosity and trepidation. There’s certainly excitement with regards to the X-Men and Fantastic Four finally being able to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but what about Fox’s more adult-oriented franchises, like Alien and Deadpool? And what will happen to the long in-development Avatar sequels?

Related: How The Disney Purchase Has Already Impacted Fox

Here’s a look at what Disney have already stated they said they have in store for 20th Century Fox, along with a few theories pertaining about  properties that remain up in the air.

Avatar Becomes a Disney Property

One of the biggest jewels in the Fox crown, the all-time box office champ Avatar, has no less than four sequels currently in development. Avatar made $2.79 billion at the worldwide box office back in 2009, and Avatar 234 and 5 are planned for release between 2020 and 2025. Avatar 2 3 are filming currently.

While all four sequels being made isn’t guaranteed just yet (Avatar 2 & 3 have to perform well, first), it’s easy to see that Avatar was one of the big fish swimming in Fox’s pool that attracted Disney to the buyout. Disney CEO Robert Iger has already stated his desire to “be associated with and expand” iconic IP like Avatar, so audiences will definitely be seeing at least a couple of sequels for Avatar – this time under a Disney banner. With the first two sequels already in production, they will most likely manage to be released on their planned 2020 and 2021 release dates.

Avatar already has a themed ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, named Avatar: Flight of Passage, and word is gnag movie-goers can expect to see some of the original creatures from that ride in the first Avatar sequel.

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The X-Men Come Home to Marvel

MCU fans have long thought that there was little likelihood of Wolverine and the X-Men returning “home” to Marvel, as Fox continued to keep a tight hold on the franchise. In recent years they’ve been actively seeking to expand production on X-Movies, with Deadpool and its sequel proving to be smash hits, another prequel X-Men movie on the docket in X-Men: Dark Phoenix; the comic book-slash-horror movie New Mutants ironing out its kinks for a late 2019 release. Channing Tatum’s troubled Gambit movie and a James Franco-led Multiple Man film are also in development.

As Iger has already mentioned his enthusiasm for bringing the X-Men and their associated characters under the Disney flag, the confirmation that Disney will fairly quickly be taking over Avatar and X-Men movie development while downsizing 20th Century Fox is unsurprising. X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants will finally be released as planned in 2019. Beyond that, its anyone’s guess where the X-Franchise will go; but an introduction into Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe is expected (albeit not for some time).

Gambit is still currently set for release in 2019, but the fast-approaching release date seems unrealistic at this point. Channing Tatum was first announced to be playing the character all the way back in May 2014, so patience is clearly a strong suit for the actor and his passion project.  Precious little has been heard on Multiple Man since it was announced in November 2017. That said, Disney are unlikely to impede each movie’s progress if development has already been humming along for some time.

Deadpool Lives

One element of the Fox X-Verse that will definitely continue ahead as-is would be a second sequel to Deadpool and/or its planned spinoff, X-ForceDeadpool has been such a money-maker (the two movies have collectively grossed $1.5 billion dollars at the global box office) and shown so much staying power in the cultural zeitgeist that Disney would be stupid not to let the brand continue to flourish. By the time either Deadpool 3 or X-Force are released a few years from now – perhaps even being one and the same film – Marvel Studios may even be ready to begin work on integrating Deadpool into the MCU… though we’re not sure how that would work.

Page 2: Fantastic Four, Fox Searchlight and Fox’s In-Development Movies

The Fantastic Four Will Eventually Get Their MCU Debut

The Fantastic Four have stalled as a franchise; Josh Trank’s much-maligned Fant4stic had a notoriously troubled production that resulted in a terrible final product (even the writer has apologized). Notably, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has been vocal about his eagerness to get his hands on Marvel’s First Family, and apparently,he’s simply “waiting for the call”. Considering the franchise has been dormant since the last reboot in 2015, fans could see an MCU integration of the Fantastic Four in the near future – but that is purely speculation at this point.

What’s desperately needed for the team is to have a fun, yet intelligent, faithful family adventure that shows reverence to the source material. Feige of all people is the most likely to understand this, as it’s essentially been his process with every MCU film to date. Fans should feel free to get excited about the Fantastic Four being under Disney control.

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All In-Production Films Are Released By Disney

Industry buzz is that Disney will release all of Fox’s movies that are complete or in production at the time of the acquisition, and there’s little wonder as to why, considering the caliber of what’s on the slate.

Among the completed or in-production projects to be released, there are new movies from British auteurs Joe Cornish and Joe Wright, an action/comedy featuring current Disney rabble-rouser Dave Bautista, and Logan director James Mangold’s real-life period racing drama Ford Vs. Ferrari, starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon.

The Murder on the Orient Express follow-up directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, Death on the Nile, is also on Fox’s docket. In taking the reins, Disney would be foolish not to release the movie from a financial standpoint alone. On a budget of $55 million, the first Agatha Christie adaptation from Branagh released last year more than $350 million at the worldwide box office – an impressive feat for a period thriller.

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Announced or In Development Films May Be Temporarily Shelved

Movies in the edit bay or currently in production are one thing, but the fate of the ones that have merely been announced – like Michael Bay’s Robopocalypse – are a little more up in the air. Dwayne Johnson, currently attached to the Big Trouble in Little China remake is a little more safe in this aspect, as he essentially has carte blanche to do whatever he wants after the continuing success of his many franchises, which already includes an upcoming collaboration with Disney on Jungle Cruise

The only announced-but-not-yet-in-development film that may be guaranteed to survive is the new version of Puff the Magic Dragon. A touted live-action/animated hybrid, in the vein of Pete’s DragonPuff could easily fit Disney’s aesthetic – provided they’re not worried about the original song’s many drug connotations affecting their family-friendly image in doing so.

All films that so far have only been announced will likely see the light of day eventually, but it will be long after the dust settles with the merger. The priorities for Disney will likely be the massive franchises that are already gaining steam.

Related: Dwayne Johnson Reveals Massive Jungle Cruise Movie Set

Fox Searchlight & Fox 2000 Will Survive

Disney CEO Robert Iger has already stated that the smaller studios Fox Searchlight and Fox 2000 will survive the move into Disney territory. Considering that Fox Searchlight have been responsible for four Best Picture winners at the Academy Awards, it’s easy to see why for the former. Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, and most recently The Shape of Water have all scooped the big prize, and having such a consistently critically successful studio under their belt will be a major asset for Disney. Fox Searchlight currently have 17 films planned for release, in varying stages of development, and considering the studio’s track record, almost all of them are likely to be prestige, academy-award contenders.

Fox 2000, as the literary adaptation arm of 20th Century Fox, have also had a great output of late; Love, SimonHidden FiguresBridge of SpiesThe DropThe Fault in our Stars and Life of Pi were all extraordinarily well-received by critics (if not always audiences) upon release. Their upcoming release The Hate U Give looks to be another strong, timely movie, perhaps even to be bestowed with adulation come awards season. A socially-relevant tale of racial tension, Disney will most likely be happy to be associated with this movie, which is currently sitting at an 88% ‘Want to See’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Related: Why The Shape of Water Deserved To Win the Best Picture Oscar

The Terminator Reboot Will Be Distributed Internationally By Fox

The upcoming Terminator reboot is going to be distributed by Paramount Pictures domestically and by 20th Century Fox internationally. The fact that Disney is absorbing Fox into itself should not affect the release of the reboot, as it was a deal struck pre-merger and all existing distribution must stand as per law. Disney does not now own the rights to the Terminator franchise; merely its international distribution rights (by way of Fox).

Page 3: Fox Animation and Fox TV

Fox’s Animated Movie Franchises Are Probably Safe

Fox’s primary animation studio, Blue Sky Studios, will be included in the acquisition. A contender with industry giants Pixar and Dreamworks, Blue Sky has been responsible for films such as RioDr Seuss’ Horton Hears a WhoThe Peanuts Movie and the more recent John Cena-voiced film Ferdinand.

Blue Sky’s most imminent upcoming animated feature is Spies in Disguise. Set for release in September 2019, the film boasts an impressive voice cast, including Tom Holland, Will Smith and John Cena. The buddy-comedy follows a James Bond-esque secret agent who must rely upon the inventor of all his tech to save the day (it’s touted as 21 Jump Street meets Skyfall).

The franchise that Blue Sky is perhaps most famous for is the Ice Age series, which is currently being developed as a TV series, according to current 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Stacey Snider. Whether Disney will continue with the production of said TV series remains to be seen.

The Fate of Fox’s TV Animation Is Also Unknown

Also included in Disney’s new animation selection are perennial television stalwarts The SimpsonsFamily Guy and Bob’s Burgers, thanks to their association with 20th Century Fox Animation. Fox’s approach to animation is allegedly currently being “revamped,” but there is a Bob’s Burgers feature film in the pipleline, which is supposedly going to go ahead.  A second Simpsons Movie is also apparently in the early stages of development, alongside a hybrid live-action/animated Family Guy movie.

Expect Disney to slowly figure out what to do with these often-controversial adult animations, and how to find a place for them within their family-friendly image. While they do, Snider will continue on, expecting her animated features to come to fruition. American Dad! will also go on, and fans will supposedly even see a return to King of the Hill (a show already tipped for a revival).

Related: FOX Network Wants to Keep The Simpsons, Even After Disney Purchase

Disney Will Own A Lot Of Prestige TV Thanks To FX

American Horror Story and Disney might not feel right being said in the same sentence, but as Disney will be buying FX in its intellectual property haul, they’ll be responsible for its ongoing production – alongside other FX shows such as It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaThe Americans and Marvel’s Legion. Don’t expect Disney to pull the plug on any of these shows, as they’re consistent money-makers and crowd-pleasers, but they’ll likely keep their distance and allow FX to continue on autonomously. After all, Always Sunny isn’t exactly a family-friendly show.

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An Uncertain Future for Disney’s Other New Brands

Through Fox, Disney have now acquired the rights to the Alien franchise. The second film in Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel series, Alien: Covenant, a lackluster follow-up to the similarly-derided Prometheus, left a lot of story for the industry titan to explore. However, the last word from Fox was that the sequels had even been cancelled (as of December 2017).

Disney is also acquiring the hugely successful Kingsman franchise, which has some major future plans already laid. Set to shoot next yearKingsman 3 is the follow-up to last year’s successful Kingsman: The Golden Circle and under the new merger’s terms and conditions is guaranteed a release. The Kingsman movies have also recently brought fresh word of a prequel, spinoff, and TV show all in the works, which means the House of Mouse is being handed the keys to a brand with the potential for real, lasting longevity.

Disney will also the critically-acclaimed, VFX-pioneering Planet of the Apes franchise. Bob Iger did mention the franchise by name when speaking during Disney’s third quarter 2018 financial results conference call, so clearly it’s on their mind, but seeing how the close of the most recent trilogy was only last year, its hard to tell how soon we’d see a redo (or even a continuation of) the franchise. That said, a total box office haul of $491 million for the trilogy conclusion War for the Planet of the Apes is not to be sniffed at, so it shouldn’t be too long before audiences see a continuation of the franchise.

Related: Breaking Down The New Kingsman Shared Universe

Hulu Becomes Disney’s Second Big Streaming Arm

Disney famously have a streaming service in the works to rival Netflix’s – if not in quantity than in quality. In addition to their plans for that service, the Fox buyout has also come packaged with a controlling stake in Hulu. The streaming service has been around online since 2007, and has been putting out some consistently headline-grabbing, crowd-pleasing shows, including The Handmaid’s Tale, Marvel’s Runaways, and the Stephen King mash-up Castle Rock.

Disney’s plan is to stick all its non-family-friendly content onto Hulu, keeping its own brand streaming service squeaky clean. This beefs up Hulu’s catalogue, considering it’s going to include a whole host of adult-orientated Fox property. Scarily, Hulu lost $900 million in attempting to develop more original content last year, and that number is predicted to rise to $1.7 billion in 2018. This is unlikely to phase Disney however, considering they just spent over $70 billion acquiring Fox. A potential $1 billion loss from Hulu is a drop in the ocean.

Considering that The Handmaid’s Tale was the first streaming service to win an Emmy for Best Drama, Disney will most likely be willing to encourage Hulu’s original output, whilst simultaneously scaling it down somewhat to avoid further drastic fiscal losses.

The details of Disney’s acquisition of Fox are still emerging, and we won’t have a full picture of what will happen to these many movie and TV properties until the deal is finalized and Disney’s new reign begins. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any further developments here on Screen Rant.

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Incredibles 2 Blu-ray Release Date Revealed

Incredibles 2 will be available on digital and Blu-ray this fall. The highly-anticipated sequel, arriving 14 years after is acclaimed predecessor, proved to be one of this summer’s biggest hits. Receiving positive reviews, Pixar’s latest ended its theatrical run as the highest-grossing animated film ever made and earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. On the all-time domestic charts, it ranks ninth, topping Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

Given how well-received Incredibles 2 was, it’s safe to say fans are looking forward to bringing the Parr family home so they can relive the adventure over and over again. The movie is still doing solid business at the multiplex (it earned $2.3 million in its tenth weekend), but Disney will soon be turning their attention to the home media release. Now, we know when Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and the rest will be in living rooms nationwide.

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On Twitter, Laughing Place shared a picture of Disney’s “Not So Scary” treat bag, which happens to be Incredibles 2 themed. There, it’s revealed the film will be on digital October 23 and Blu-ray November 6. The release is perfectly timed for holiday shopping, and there should be a number of copies sold.

With the date now out in the open, it’s only a matter of time before Disney makes an official announcement regarding the Incredibles 2 Blu-ray and what bonus materials will be on the disc. Pixar’s Blu-rays are typically good for featurettes that detail the making of the movie, as well as roundtable discussions with the filmmakers where they talk about behind-the-scenes secrets. Given the nature of Incredibles 2, the Blu-ray seems ripe for some explorations on some action sequences, such as Helen’s daring train rescue and Jack-Jack’s humorous battle with a raccoon. It also wouldn’t be surprising to see deleted scenes included as extras. For The Incredibles‘ home media release, the Jack-Jack Attack short film was there, so hopefully the team put something together depicting the baby’s night with Edna Mode. The two definitely hit it off, so it would be amusing to see how their evening played out.

Besides the standard Blu-ray and 4K discs, retailers have already unveiled their exclusive packagings. As has become standard with the Mouse House, Best Buy has the official Steelbook. Target has a pair of their own with cool collectibles; one version includes a limited edition metal Jack-Jack action doll, while the other comes with a filmmaker gallery and storybook. Pixar fans have plenty of options to choose from, and fortunately they don’t have to wait too much longer to bring Incredibles 2 home.

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20 Video Game Sequels Currently In Development (And 5 Possibilities)

We may be sliding down the back half of 2018, but when it comes to video game releases, it feels like the year is just getting started.

Looking to capitalize on the holiday season, some of the biggest video game publishers wait until the fall and winter to debut their latest installments. It also happens to be the time of the year when more people find themselves in front of their TV screens and out of the cold.

While there are some promising original games in the works — including FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, BioWare’s Anthem, and the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 — the most anticipated games continue to be sequels, prequels, and spin-offs to already beloved franchises.

An already established video game series comes with a built-in audience, which makes sequels a bit more of a sure thing as far as profits are concerned. As a result, massive franchises like Call of Duty have become accustomed to cranking out a new game at the same time every year. There are also those lesser-known gems which the developers have finally gotten around to giving players a second outing.

Meanwhile, Internet rumors continue to swirl about sequels that may secretly be in the works, but we’ve seen plenty of video games scrapped after years of development. Until a trailer drops and a release date is set, some of these rumored sequels are definitely not a sure thing.

Here are 20 Video Game Sequels Currently In Development (And 5 That Are Just Possibilities).

25 In Development – Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

What would fall be without another Call of Duty game? Interestingly enough, players will be able to check out Black Ops 4 a month earlier than expected when the game hits shelves on October 12, 2018 — making it the first COD game without a November release date since 2005.

Black Ops 4 is also set to be the first game in the franchise without a single-player campaign mode. On top of its multiplayer gameplay, Black Ops 4 will feature zombie maps as well as a new addition called Blackout — a battle royal mode set to feature the biggest map in franchise history.

24 In Development – Fallout 76

When it comes to the Fallout series, Bethesda is known for officially announcing installments mere months before their release, meaning players will already get a chance to check out the latest addition on November 14th of this year.

Set before the other games in the series, Fallout 76 will take place in a post-apocalyptic West Virginia and feature the franchise’s biggest map to date.

Uunlike the other games in the series, Fallout 76 is set to be an online-only RPG.

As a result, a beta version will be available a month early to select players who preorder the game, to help work out any bugs.

23 In Development – The Last of Us Part II

A survival horror game about two people on a cross-country trip in a world overrun by zombies is far from a new concept. But 2013’s The Last of Us managed to exceed player expectations in nearly every way imaginable, giving us a game that was both exhilarating and heart-breaking.

Can Naughty Dog possibly recreate perfection with a sequel?

The Last of Us Part II is set to pick up five years after the first game, with Ellie as the new protagonist.

This year’s E3 gave us an in-depth look at both the story and gameplay — meaning an official release date should be lurking right around the corner.   

22 In Development – Halo: Infinite

Just recently, Halo writer Jeff Easterling confirmed that Halo: Infinite is, in fact, Halo 6. While this was already the assumption of many players, the open-ended trailer which debuted at this year’s E3 still had many wondering where Infinite was going to fit in the overall Halo timeline.

We now know for sure that the latest installment will pick up with Master Chief immediately following the events of Halo 5: Guardians, and that Locke will play a lesser role in the sequel.

There’s still a ton yet to be revealed about the game, including the overarching story and the projected release date.

21 Possibility – Borderlands 3

Game developer Gearbox has been notoriously close-mouthed about giving Borderland 3 an official announcement, dodging both this year’s E3 and SDCC. But a number of not-so-subtle hints have been dropped over the past few years, leading us to believe that another main installment is most likely in the works.

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has alluded multiple times to another big Borderlands game going into development. Meanwhile, Walmart accidentally released a slate of new games on its website earlier this year, and Borderlands 3 happened to make the cut.

Still, we have yet to get a release date or any official footage to help confirm the game’s existence.

20 In Development – Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

After a solid debut in 2016, this multiplayer action series is set to drop its second installment on March 15, 2019, with Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.

Picking up six months after the events of its predecessor, The Division 2 will take place in a desolate Washington D.C., where the rising conflict between the opposing factions of survivors will set the stage for the action.

The first official trailer debuted at this year’s E3 to positive reviews.

Ubisoft has already announced that any downloadable content released within the first year of gameplay will be free to all.

19 In Development – Shadow of the Tomb Raider

While the reboot of the Tomb Raider films may have been D.O.A., it looks like the video game reboot series is still on track for continued success with the latest installment, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which hits stores this September.

Shadow will be the third installment of the reboot series, and the twelfth installment of the Tomb Raider series overall, which finds the player exploring the legendary lost city of Paititi.

The game will introduce a number of new mechanics to the franchise, including the ability to barter, rappel, and go into stealth mode — which brings a much-needed change of pace for a series that’s over 20 years old.

18 In Development – Kingdom Hearts 3

It’s been 13 years since Kingdom Hearts 2 was released for the PS2, and the critically-acclaimed game is finally getting a direct sequel on the PS4 and Xbox One on January 25, 2019.

The hack-and-slash adventure will pick up with series protagonist Sora as he embarks on an adventure alongside a few familiar faces, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy.

A number of Disney settings are slated to appear in the game, including Arendelle from Frozen and San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will also be the first game in the series to allow teams an additional character, bringing the total up to five players per team.

17 In Development – Metro Exodus

The third installment of the post-apocalyptic series, Metro Exodus will take place two years after the events of its predecessors, Metro: Last Light.

The game will pick up with protagonist Artyom as he fights to survive in an unforgiving Russian wasteland filled with monstrous creatures and malicious survivors.

The gameplay is set to take place over the course of one year, and it will continue to draw inspiration from the series of novels written by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky.

Metro Exodus will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on February 22, 2019.

16 Possibility – Bloodborne 2

At the end of last year, FromSoftware dropped a mysterious trailer at the Game Awards that many speculated was a teaser for Bloodborne 2.

That game actually turned out to be Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — another creation from Dark Souls and Bloodborne mastermind Hidetaka Miyazaki. That hasn’t stopped rumors from swirling about a sequel to 2015’s Bloodborne.

Miyazaki has already confirmed that he personally won’t be involved with another Souls game.

With Sekiro set to be released next year, it’s possible that another Bloodborne game will be Miyazaki’s next project.

Wspecially considering that the first gothic-themed RPG was such a critical and commercial success.

15 In Development – Soulcalibur VI

With an upcoming release date of October 19, 2018, Soulcalibur VI will debut almost exactly twenty years after the first Soulcalibur was released in arcades, and the latest installment is set to explore many of the mysteries of the 1998 game.

The 3D fighting game will feature a familiar cast of characters, including the ax-toting golem Astaroth and the sword-wielding Ivy Valentine. However, The Witcher protagonist Geralt of Rivia is slated to appear in the game as well, alongside the totally new Soulcalibur character Groh.

Further developments to the series will include a slow-motion attack and an increased emphasis on defensive maneuvers.

14 In Development – Darksiders III

Taking place at the same time as the previous installments of the series, Darksiders III is set to follow Fury, one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse who is tasked with trying to defeat the Seven Deadly Sins by using her wide range of weapon and magic skills.

As its name implies, this will be the third installment of the Darksiders series, which is best known for its open world format and hack-and-slash fighting style — though the games feature their fair share of puzzle and platforming challenges as well.

Darksiders III is due out on November 27, 2018.

It will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.

13 In Development – Mega Man 11

Debuting nearly 30 years after the original, Mega Man 11 is set to hit shelves on October 2, 2018. The latest installment will pay tribute to the earlier games in the franchise while offering up a number of new features.

The platforming game will find the player once again suiting up as the eponymous hero who’s tasked with taking down Dr. Wily and his army of Robot Masters.

A new boss called Blast Man will make his debut in the game, along with a Balloon Attack mode, which will allow players to revisit old levels to destroy certain balloons and avoid others while competing for the fastest time on the leaderboards.

12 In Development – Metroid Prime 4

Over a year ago, Nintendo announced that a new installment of the Metroid Prime series was officially in development for the Switch.

Those who hoped for a trailer or a release date during this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo were disappointed.

Aside from a report that the game’s development is “proceeding well,” not much else is known about Metroid Prime 4 to date.

The sci-fi series has been a Nintendo staple since the 1980s, but the last few installments were only available on the 3DS. Therefore, a release on the Switch could be just the thing the Metroid series needs to bring protagonist Samus Aran back into the mainstream.

11 Possibility – Bully 2

Rockstar Games is no stranger to controversy, which has largely come due to its Grand Theft Auto series. Even before the video game publisher released Bully — an open world game set in and around a boarding school in New England — the game was already greeted with its fair share of backlash.

The game was a lot milder than many had expected. Bully actually went on to be one of the most praised games of 2006.

The company is notorious for turning out long overdue sequels (case in point: Red Dead Redemption 2.) Some recently leaked concept art has many speculating that a sequel to Bully may finally be underway.

10 In Development – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Ubisoft’s best-selling franchise of all time is expected to make its return when Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is released on October 8th of this year.

The game will pick up prior to the events of its predecessor — last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins — which find the player in 431 BCE during the time of the Peloponnesian War. Origins’ character Layla Hassan is also expected to make a reappearance during the contemporary storyline.

The ability for the player to chose their character’s gender will be a new addition to the game.

Additionally, Odyssey is expected to skew more toward an RPG than previous installments, which will allow the player to affect the outcome of the story more than ever before.

9 In Development – Super Mario Party

As far as Mario spin-offs go, the Mario Party series has never been one of the most popular. That hasn’t stopped the franchise from turning out 10 installments in the last 20 years, making it the longest-running minigame series of all time.

The eleventh installment is set to be released on the Nintendo Switch on October 5th of this year, and it will be the first Mario Party game to feature an online multiplayer mode with up to 80 different games.

Super Mario Party was recently announced at this year’s E3, making it an exceptionally short wait for anxious players.

8 In Development – Battlefield V

Though we’re still a few months away from the game’s release, Battlefield V looks like one of those games that is bound to get lost during the onslaught of releases during the fall season.

Pre-orders have been reportedly low, and the October 19 release date sandwiches Battlefield V right between the releases of Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2.

There will always be a faction of FPS players who have a weak spot for WWII gameplay. 

Battlefield V is set to put realism at the forefront of the story, featuring certain modes that challenge the player with limited ammo and no possibility of respawning.

7 In Development – Hitman 2

A sequel to the 2016 reboot, Hitman 2 will be released for the PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on November 13, 2018. The game will pick up with Agent 47 as he continues to track down the Shadow Client and unravel his mysterious past.

Those who preorder the gold and collector’s edition of the game will have access to Hitman 2 a few days before anyone else, along with immediate access to the co-op multiplayer mode Sniper Assassin, which involves taking out some long distance targets under challenging time restraints.

Unlike its predecessor — which released chapters episodically — all of the base content for Hitman 2 be available right out of the box.

6 Possibility – Watch Dogs 3

With Watch Dogs 2 being a massive step up from its predecessor, players have been anxiously awaiting a third installment of the Ubisoft franchise.

Though nothing has been officially announced as of yet, the company continues to drop clues about the game’s possible development. These included an extended cutscene added to the end of Watch Dogs 2, as well as Ubisoft’s AI assistant, Sam, confirming that the game is coming along nicely whenever users ask about it.

As a game about hackers, it makes sense that the company would be cheeky about unveiling Watch Dogs 3.

We’ll need something a little more concrete before this game is considered a sure thing.

5 In Development – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Arriving smack-dab in the middle of the 2018 holiday season, the fifth installment of the Super Smash Bros. series is set for release on December 7th.

The game will feature the largest roster to date, giving players 73 options straight out of the box, including every character featured in previous Smash Bros. games. There will also be a number of new additions, including King K. Rool from the Donkey Kong games and Simon Belmont from the Castlevania series.

As if that wasn’t already enough to earn the title of “Ultimate,” the game will also include a number of new modes, including a Tourney mode which involves an epic 32-character bracket. Let the knockouts begin!   

4 In Development – Resident Evil 2

This year’s E3 gave players the first in-depth look at the remake of Resident Evil 2, which subsequently ended up winning the award for Best of Show during the Game Critics Awards.

The game will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on January 25, 2019.

Like the beloved 1998 game, the story will follow Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield as they desperately try to escape the zombie-infested Raccoon City. Like any good remake, Resident Evil 2 will feature updated graphics and controls, including 4K resolution and an over-the-shoulder perspective.

3 In Development – Gears 5

Just as players have been shortening the title of the Gears of War games for years, the fifth installment of the franchise is set to go under the simplified title of Gears 5, which is expected out sometime in 2019.

Another big change to the game will involve the story shifting focus from protagonist J.D. Fenix to Kait Diaz, who made her franchise debut in Gears of War 4.

Kait is a former Outsider turned Gear who has a peculiar connection to the Locust, which will be further explored in Gears 5 when Kait sets out to uncover her family history.

2 Possibility – Left 4 Dead 3

It’s almost been nine years since Left 4 Dead 2 was released — a sequel which many felt was rushed through after the massive success of the first game.

Haven’t players waited long enough for another installment of the co-op zombie-shooter?

Valve is known for keeping its popular titles at two installments or less. That doesn’t mean a third Left 4 Dead should be totally ruled out.

Earlier this year, a patch to another Valve game, Counter-Striker: Global Offensive, may have given a nod to “smokers” — one of the popular enemies in Left 4 Dead. Whether this was a tease, coincidence, or simply an Easter egg remains to be seen.

1 In Development – Red Dead Redemption 2

Easily one of the most anticipated games of 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the long-awaited follow-up to the now-classic 2010 game which found players taking on the role of a gunslinger during the final days of the Old West.

Despite its title, Red Dead Redemption 2 will actually serve as a prequel and center around outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang (the same game that previous series protagonist John Marston also served with).

As the release date of October 26th quickly approaches, many are already speculating that Red Dead Redemption 2 will become the best-selling game of 2018 by a landslide.

Which video game sequel are you most excited about? Let us know!

Lennie James Reveals His Thoughts On Andrew Lincoln's Walking Dead Exit

Lennie James shares his personal thoughts on Andrew Lincoln’s impending departure from The Walking Dead as well as how he thinks that will affect Morgan’s story arc going forward. Earlier this summer, it was reported that Lincoln was planning on exiting the long-running zombie drama after leading its cast for nine years. Franchise creator Robert Kirkman later confirmed the news at San Diego Comic-Con, and shortly thereafter Lincoln explained the reason he was leaving the series. Simply put, he wants to spend more time with his family.

Since Lincoln has already wrapped his scenes for The Walking Dead season 9, it’s believed that his exit will come sometime within the first eight episodes, most likely in the midseason finale. It’s unclear, though, what will happen to his character, Rick Grimes. Given the situation, it would make sense to kill off Rick, but that might be seen in poor taste. Regardless of how the character is written off, it will be interesting to see the impact it has on the rest of the characters, including Morgan, who has been one of the most important people in Rick’s life, especially in the apocalypse.

Related: Lennie James Recalls Being Unsure of Walking Dead’s Early Success

We asked Lennie James about his personal thoughts on Andrew Lincoln’s exit as well as how he thinks that decision will ultimately affect Morgan’s story arc when he presumably returns to The Walking Dead. He said:

“I think it will have a profound effect on Morgan. They still remain oldest friends. They are touchstones the way their stories have been told to a greater or lesser extent when their paths crossed. They do act as kind of options of which way to take, you know. Right at the beginning when Rick left to go to Atlanta and Morgan stayed, that was a fundamental choice between the two of them. And I think, as I’ve said before, when Morgan’s lost everything, it’s not by coincidence the person he went to find after that was Rick because Rick is the only other person that he knew still alive in the world. I think that connection will last for life between those two men, however long that life is.

“Should Morgan return to Virginia or should he cross paths with the people of Alexandria, or Hilltop, or the Kingdom, or Oceanside, or the Heaps again, I think him finding out that Rick is not amongst them will be a profound discovery for Morgan – and I’m not absolutely sure the effect that might have on him and what that might push him to do or be. On a personal level, I completely understand the decision that Andy made, and I support him 100%.”

What’s interesting about James’ thoughts about Lincoln’s departure is that he expresses uncertainty about Morgan meeting Rick one more time before Rick is written off. Considering that Morgan is currently headlining AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead as the franchise’s crossover character, it’s unclear when or even if he will return to the flagship Walking Dead series. If he doesn’t return early in the new season, then it may be some time before he finds out about Rick’s departure. When he does, it will certainly have a heartfelt impact on the character’s story arc and perhaps even his sanity. Of all the characters on either show, the one person who has struggled with mental stability the most is Morgan.

Given Morgan’s decision to return to Virginia in the midseason premiere for Fear the Walking Dead, it does seem like he’ll eventually make his way back to the East Coast. What’s more, it would be somewhat cathartic for fans to have Morgan say goodbye to Rick. After all, he was the person who introduced Rick to the world after the zombie apocalypse, so it’s only right that he’s there when Rick leaves.

More: Walking Dead Season 9: Every Update You Need To Know

The Walking Dead season 8 releases on DVD and Blu-ray on August 21.

Dragon Ball: 20 Strange Things About Android 18’s Body

The vast majority of the fighters in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z were male, with martial arts being presented as something that men were more interested in than women.

This isn’t to say that the Dragon Ball franchise didn’t have important female characters, but they rarely engaged in combat.

The Androids Saga brought a chilling end to the reign of bulging muscles and fancy techniques, as two scrawny teenagers were given the power to bring a Super Saiyan to their knees.

Android 17 and 18 were responsible for wiping out the Z-Fighters in one reality and still posed a major threat in a timeline where their arrival had been prepared for.

Android 18 was once a regular girl named Lazuli. However, she was captured by Dr. Gero and had her body altered to the point where a teenager with no combat training was suddenly more powerful than the greatest warriors on Earth.

The name “Android” is technically incorrect, as Dr. Gero actually turned Lazuli into a cyborg.

The Dragon Ball franchise would eventually move beyond the creations of Dr. Gero, but Android 18 would still remain a major character in the series.

Android 18 was still an incredibly powerful combatant until the end of the series and her face-turn/relationship with Krillin would ensure that she would become one of the most popular characters in the series.

We are here today to learn the secrets of one of the most frightening and powerful characters in the Dragon Ball franchise: from the bizarre origins of her creation to the lone celebrity voice calling out for another live-action Dragon Ball movie.

Here are the 20 Strange Things About Android 18’s Body!

20 She Was Aware When Cell Absorbed Her

The Androids were built up as being this massive threat, to the point where they had devastated the world that Future Trunks hails from.

The reality of the situation is that Android 19 and 20 were quickly jobbed out to Vegeta and the remaining three Androids were quickly swept aside by Cell.

Goku had never actually met Android 17 in the story of Dragon Ball Z, which meant that he had no idea who he was looking for when he went to recruit 17 in Dragon Ball Super. 

In the Dragon Ball Super manga, Android 17 revealed that he knew what Goku looked like, as he retained his sentience within Cell’s body. This situation was likely the same for Android 18 as well.

If Gohan hadn’t managed to destroy Perfect Cell, then Android 17 and Android 18 may have been trapped within Cell’s mind forever.

19 She Once Battled Her Evil Future Self

The Dragon Ball video games have commonly shown alternate realities where events in the story played out differently, such as Goku saving all of the Z-Fighters from Nappa or Majin Buu battling Janemba.

In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, you can play as Android 18 in the story mode of the game.

The ending of her scenario shows Perfect Cell being defeated for good when Android 16 detonated his bomb.

Once the credits have finished rolling, it is revealed that the versions of Android 17 and Android 18 from Future Trunks’ timeline have managed to acquire a time machine and travel to the present.

This means that Android 18 has to take down her evil self from the future.

18 She Is Far Better At Using The Destructo Disc Than Her Husband

Krillin was the inventor of the Destructo Disc technique, which was one of the most powerful attacks in the series for a long time.

The Destructo Disc creates a circle of pure energy that can be used to bisect your opponent.

You don’t see the Destructo Disc used often, as it is slow enough for most opponents to safely move out of the way.

Android 18 has been shown using the Destructo Discs in many of her appearances, to the point that she will save it for her big super moves.

It’s possible for Android 18 to summon two Destructo Discs at once, which is a move that we see used by likes of Frieza and Perfect Cell, making her a far more effective user of the technique than he husband.

17 She Doesn’t Need To Eat To Survive

There are numerous benefits to being transformed into one of Dr. Gero’s androids.

There is the obvious strength benefit, as well as a near-endless supply of energy that can allow them to battle indefinitely, but there are also several survival benefits to being transformed into a cyborg.

The androids are similar to Namekians in that they don’t need to eat food to survive.

All an android needs to survive is to drink water.

The androids also age at a much slower rate than regular humans, though we don’t know how long they can last compared to martial artists, as characters like Mercenary Tao and Master Shen have managed to live for hundreds of years without issue.

16 She Can Fire Missiles Out Of Her Back

Android 17 and Android 18 were built up to be a massive threat, but they didn’t stick around for long as antagonists before being replaced by Cell.

Dr. Gero’s Android’s lacked flashy moves or special techniques, but they didn’t need them, as their raw power alone was more than a match for the Z-Fighters at the time.

The lack of iconic moves has made it difficult for the developers of the Dragon Ball video games, especially as Android 18 is a popular character and was one of the few female fighters in the series, which means that they will have to make some up special moves on the fly.

The most ridiculous special move that was created for Android 18 appeared in Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu.

In this game, she can fire three homing missiles out of a special compartment on her back.

15 Akira Toriyama Once Forgot About Her Hair Color

Akira Toriyama is notorious for having a terrible memory when it comes to Dragon Ball, to the point that he would forget that characters even existed, which is why Launch disappeared from the series.

It’s a lot more forgivable that Akira Toriyama would forget the color schemes of the Dragon Ball characters, as he mainly worked on the manga, which was printed in black and white.

One of the characters who suffered from Akira Toriyama’s forgetfulness was Android 18, as she appeared in some of the promotional art for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods with purple hair.

The members of the movie’s production staff had to point out to Toriyama that she was meant to have blonde hair instead.

14 She Was The Inspiration For Blue Mary In The King Of Fighters Series

It is not an exaggeration to say that Dragon Ball is one of the most important anime and manga franchises of all time.

We can see the influence of Akira Toriyama’s art style in many of the most popular series running today, most notably One Piece, whose author has directly cited Dragon Ball as his biggest influence.

The influence of Dragon Ball can also be seen in video games, which is partly due to the focus on combat. The character designs of Dragon Ball have also inspired the creation of many video game characters.

The spiky hair of Goku can be seen in many different video game characters, but Android 18 has also acted as a source of inspiration.

Blue Mary of the Fatal Fury/King of Fighters series was directly inspired by the design of Android 18, with both characters sporting the same hairstyle and striking blue eyes.

13 She Can Fuse With Android 17

There are several different ways for two characters to fuse into one in the Dragon Ball universe. The most common methods involved using the Fusion Dance or the Potara Earrings.

Dragon Ball Fusions introduced a new method of fusion through the use of the Metamo-Ring, which is known as EX-Fusion.

It’s possible for Android 17 and Android 18 to fuse together using EX-Fusion.

This creates a new being, known as Android 1718, which can combine the Hyper Energy Cannon and Infinity Cannon techniques into the Infinity Energy Cannon attack.

Android 1718 is one of the few instances of a male and female character fusing together in the Dragon Ball franchise.

Akira Toriyama had previously claimed that a male/female fusion would result in a “Drag Queen” but this was likely just a flippant answer on his part.

12 An Animation Error Turned Her Into The Red-Eyes Blonde Android

The Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z anime series were both produced while the manga was still being published in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

This is the reason why the show could be slow at times and why there were a few extended filler arcs (like the one involving Garlic Jr.), as the producers of the anime didn’t want to overtake the manga.

The slow pace of the Dragon Ball Z anime didn’t prevent mistakes from creeping into the animation, as was the case in Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks. 

There is a scene in The History of Trunks were Android 18 is trying on various clothes.

It is during this scene that Android 18’s eyes change from their usual frosty blue to blood red.

This was due to an error in the animation.

11 Android 18’s Original English Voice Actor Looked Just Like Her

Android 18 has been voiced by several different women over the years.

The Japanese voice actor for Android 18 has always been Miki Ito, but the numerous licensing issues surrounding the Dragon Ball franchise in the West has meant that several other women have voiced Android 18, including Jennifer Bain, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Enuka Okuma, and Tamara Ryan.

The woman who has provided the English voice for Android 18 for the longest period of time is Meredith McCoy, who continues to play her in the post Battle of Gods projects.

The fans have noted that Meredith McCoy bears a striking physical resemblance to Android 18 due to the fact that they share the same pale blonde hair and striking blue eyes.

10 You Could Collect & Use Her In Puzzle & Dragons

Puzzle & Dragons is one of the most popular smartphone games in the world, to the point that it has grossed over six billion dollars in revenue.

The fact that Puzzle & Dragons is beloved in Japan has meant that many famous anime and video game characters have appeared in the game.

Puzzle & Dragons has featured the likes of Batman, Cloud Strife, and Mario as enemies in the game.

Android 18 is one of many Dragon Ball characters who has appeared as part of a collaboration with Puzzle & Dragons.

This means that players can use her in battle.

9 She Can Fuse With Arale

Akira Toriyama is best-known as the creator of Dragon Ball, but the series that first propelled him to stardom was a comedy manga called Dr. Slump, which focused on an Android girl named Arale.

The world of Dr. Slump was added to the setting of Dragon Ball, which means that Arale is the first Android to appear in the series.

Arale has appeared in the Dragon Ball anime and manga, as well as many of the video games.

She appeared in Dragon Ball Fusions, which meant that she could fuse with other characters in the game.

Android 18 and Arale can perform an EX-Fusion and become Arale 18.

This fusion should theoretically make for an incredibly powerful character, as Arale’s status as a gag manga character means that even the cast of Dragon Ball Super live in fear of her.

8 Her Super Move Was Cut From Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden 3

Android 18 may have the most playable appearances of any female character in the Dragon Ball video games.

Her first appearance dates back to ’92, in a game called Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinz?ningen, which was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and she still regularly appears in Dragon Ball games to this day.

Android 18 was playable in a fighting game called Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden 3, where she was one of the few characters without a unique special attack.

It turns out that Android 18 did have a special attack at one point in development, but it was cut from the game.

It was going to be based on the move she used to defeat Gohan in The History of Trunks. 

The sprites for this cut move can be viewed in the game’s debug menu.

7 A Saliva-Covered Android 18 Was Once Censored

In order to achieve his ultimate form, Cell had to absorb both Android 17 and Android 18. He did this by grabbing them with his tail and injecting them into his chest from the inside.

When Gohan achieves his Super Saiyan 2 form, he becomes so strong that his kicks forced Perfect Cell to eject Android 18 from his body.

Cell did this by vomiting Android 18 onto the ground.

The disgusting scene where Perfect Cell pukes up Android 18 was censored in the original English dub of Dragon Ball Z, so that it skipped to her body on the floor.

This was likely due to a combination of the horrifying imagery of Cell spitting out an adult woman and the fact that she was laying on the ground while covered in a liquid.

6 Her Voice Actor Once Recorded A Bizzare Song About Her

It’s a common occurrence for the voice actors of popular anime and video games in Japan to record audio dramas and in-character songs that are released on CD.

These releases are almost never localized and remain exclusive to Japan.

There are several Dragon Ball Z soundtrack CDs that feature songs that were recorded especially for them.

One of these albums was called “Android 18: The Androids Saga” and it features both songs from the Dragon Ball Z soundtrack and special recordings made for the album.

One of the songs on “Android 18: The Androids Saga” features vocals from Meredith McCoy, who was the voice actor for Android 18 at the time.

The song itself sounds like a mixture between Tori Amos and the awful song released by Gillian Anderson in the ’90s, so listen at your own peril.

5 There Was Once An Android 18 Figure With Wildly Incorrect Proportions

Akira Toriyama never shied away from including fan service in the Dragon Ball manga, with Bulma usually being the one wearing skimpy outfits or taking an on-screen bath.

These elements were phased out of over time, as the series focused more and more on combat.

There has been a lot of fan service-laden Dragon Ball merchandise released over the years, with one of the most shameful being the Dragon Ball Gals line of figures.

The Dragon Ball Gals line featured prominent female characters from the series with grossly inaccurate proportions.

Android 18 appeared several times in the Dragon Ball Gals line, with each figure looking like she stapled a pair of watermelons to her chest and stuck a set of couch cushions down the back of her trousers.

4 Ronda Rousey Wants To Play Her In a Live-Action Dragon Ball Z Movie

Dragonball Evolution was so terrible that it couldn’t even spell Dragon Ball correctly. It’s considered to be one of the worst adaptations in cinema history and may have been the reason why Akira Toriyama left retirement and returned to the series.

Hollywood loves to make adaptations of big-name properties, and Dragon Ball is still a massively popular franchise, so it will only be a matter of time before another studio takes a crack at making another Dragon Ball movie.

There is at least one person in Hollywood who is crying out for a new Dragon Ball movie and that’s Ronda Rousey.

Ronda Rousey is a huge fan who talks passionately about her love for anime and video games in interviews.

It was during an interview to promote her Entourage appearance that she gushed about how much she loved Dragon Ball Z as a child and wants to play Android 18 in a movie adaptation of the Cell Saga.

3 She Only Exists Due To The Opinion Of An Editor

Akira Toriyama has made no secret of the fact that he never had any long-term plans for the story of the Dragon Ball manga and was just making it up every week.

The story of the Dragon Ball manga was also being influenced by Akira Toriyama’s editors, including the ones who no longer worked on the series.

Kazuhiko Torishama was a former editor on Dragon Ball who called Akira Toriyama to complain when he saw the designs of Androids 19 and 20.

Toriyama had intended to use them as the villains of the story arc, but Torishama’s feedback caused him to introduce 17 and 18 instead as the new antagonists of the Androids Saga.

2 You Can Purchase A Figure Of Imperfect Cell Absorbing Android 18

The popularity of the Dragon Ball franchise has meant that a lot of merchandise based on the series has been released over the years, to say nothing of the numerous advertisements and endorsement deals that have involved the Dragon Ball characters.

There have been a lot of Dragon Ball action figures and statuettes released over the years.

The most bizarre Dragon Ball figure involves Android 18 being partially absorbed by Imperfect Cell.

The Dragon Ball Creatures series includes a figure of Imperfect Cell in his battle pose.

Imperfect Cell’s tail is partially see-through so that you can see the Android 18 figure that is halfway towards being absorbed into his body.

1 Her Dialogue Has Been Censored In The Dragon Ball Z Video Games

The Dragon Ball Z anime was once infamous for the botched localization and ridiculous amount of censorship it had to endure in order to become broadcast-worthy.

These edits included changing all references to the afterlife as being “Another Dimension” and censoring all of the blood that appears in the series.

In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, there was an edit involving questionable language, which was a rarity for the series.

If Android 18 fought Zangya in a match, then Zangya would comment on how Krillin was kind of cute, causing 18 to caller her a “skank.”

When Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 was released, the fans discovered that the word “skank” had been taken out and replaced with a generic taunt.

Can you think of any other strange facts about Dragon Ball‘s Android 18? Sound off in the comments!