When you own Lucasfilm, Fox, and Pixar then you will take a big hit on just about any challenges that occur in the movie landscape, as Disney is finding out right now. Disney already had many plates spinning, with dependencies in shared universes, creative struggles, and financial challenges. Then the writer’s strike happened. With everything so linked, one change drives a load of other changes. Disney has had to change its entire release schedule.
Star Wars, Marvel, and Avatar are all impacted, along with Disney’s own in-house slate. So where to start?
Deadpool 3 is moving up six months from November 8th 2024 to May 3rd 2024, into a slot originally occupied by Captain America: Brave New World. The Marvels holds firm, for now. Every other Marvel film, including that fourth Captain America film, has been shifted out by several months. This ripples through the timetable, and means the two new Avengers films have been pushed out a year.
Outside of the MCU, Avatar is also on the move. The third movie has been pushed back a year to December 2025. And the fourth and fifth films have been pushed back three years each. This means we will get Avatar 5 in the 2030s! We might have actually reached Pandora by then. They will drop on December 21st 2029 and December 19th 2031.
Star Wars is out to May and December 2026. Fede Alvarez’s Alien film gets August 2024, and the live-action Moana comes early, into June 2025. Here is the full rundown:
The Marvels – November 10th 2023
Deadpool 3 – May 3rd 2024
Captain America: Brave New World – July 26th 2024
Alien – August 16th 2024
Thunderbolts – December 20th 2024
Blade – February 14th 2025
Fantastic Four – May 2nd 2025
Moana – June 27th 2025
Avatar 3 – December 19th 2025
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty – May 1st 2026
Untitled Star Wars 1 – May 22nd 2026
Untitled Star Wars 2 – December 18th 2026
Avengers: Secret Wars – May 7th 2027
Avatar 4 – December 21st 2029
Avatar 5 – December 19th 2031
If I was Disney, I wouldn’t be worried about the moving slate. I would have taken stock of a slate that consists of 8 MCU sequels, 5 other sequels, and a live-action remake and started to wonder where the hell I am going to get any original IP from?
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