New release dates for Disney’s slate announced

Jun 15, 2023

Star Wars, Avatar and Deadpool films all have new release dates.

Disney recently made a surprising series of changes to its highly anticipated film release schedule. This announcement detailed updates on the release dates of various projects including Star Wars and Marvel. Fans worldwide are eagerly awaiting more information on these developments and how they will impact their favorite franchises.

In the Star Wars universe, Disney announced the release of two new movies in 2026, creating a buzz among fans. This news, however, will disappointment Avatar fans with the release of Avatar 3 moving from December 2024 to December 2025. This also means Avatar 4 and 5 will arrive in theaters in December 2029 and 2031 respectively; three years after their original release dates.

Marvel enthusiasts also had surprises in store as Disney made changes to the upcoming film schedule starting in 2024. Deadpool 3 will now be the first Marvel film of 2024 with a release on May 3, 2024. That date was the original release date for Captain America: Brave New World. Now, Brave New World is set to premiere on July 26, 2024. Meanwhile, Thunderbolts, a film still in pre-production, will take Avatar 3’s original release date of the December 20, 2024.

Those who are eagerly anticipating the Avengers movies will also have to be patient. Both upcoming projects have been moved back by one year. Avengers: Kang Dynasty will now hit theaters on May 1, 2026. This sets up Avengers: Secret Wars, the follow-up to Avengers: Kang Dynasty, for a release on May 7, 2027.

Sam Wilson set to appear in Kang Dynasty which has had it's release date changed.

20th Century, a Disney subsidiary, shared its own exciting announcements. The Alien franchise will receive another installment, hitting theaters on August 16, 2024. Directed by Fede Alvarez and featuring Cailee Spaeny, this sci-fi addition will no doubt captivate audiences. Additionally, the thrilling Rami Malek ‘s film The Amateur, now part of the studio’s lineup, has a release date of November 8, 2024.

Lucasfilm, the powerhouse behind Star Wars films, also made changes to its release schedule. A highly anticipated Star Wars movie, initially planned for December 25, 2025, is now scheduled for May 22, 2026. Speculation suggests that this film may feature Daisy Ridley, as it is currently in advanced stages of development. Adding to this excitement, Lucasfilm announced another Star Wars feature set for December 18, 2026. Directed by Dave Filoni, the film serves as a conclusion of Mandoverse arc, which encompasses the storylines of “The Mandalorian” and its spin-offs.

While this news will disappoint fans who were eagerly awaiting these highly anticipated films, they should also understand the reason. A labor dispute is presently taking place involving members of the Writer’s Guild of America and studio (bosses). Disney will likely be closely monitoring the situation and make further adjustments if necessary.

The WGA strike symbolizes the writers’ quest for fair treatment, recognition, and improved working conditions in the industry. They play a vital role in crafting captivating narratives and beloved characters. These writers’creativity and storytelling prowess breathe life into the movies we all enjoy. Shouldn’t they receive sufficient acknowledgment and compensation for their contributions? During this critical time, despite uncertainties, fans need to stand in solidarity with the writers. As negotiations continue all parties involved must work towards a resolution that benefits everyone in the industry. This is the only way to facilitate a more inclusive and equitable environment.

Given the potential the WGA strike may last longer than anyone wants, further changes to release schedules will become necessary. During this time fans can do a few things. First, stay informed by following the studios and industry news outlets, like TheGWW, for updates. Next, despite any disappointments due to these delays it is essential to remember the bigger picture. The success of any film, not to mention the future of storytelling, relies on everyone participating in the creative process to cooperate. Solidarity with the WGA during this crucial time helps to ensure the industry evolves positively. And ensures those who bring the stories we love to life can continue to deliver compelling narratives for years to come.