Disney has announced significant changes to its release calendar, including the addition of a new “Star Wars” film and a live-action adaptation of “Moana,” while delaying the next three “Avatar” movies by a year. The fifth “Avatar” installment is now scheduled for release in 2031, marking a 22-year gap since the original blockbuster.
The reshuffling also affects Marvel films, with “Captain America: Brave New World” moving to July 26, 2024, and causing a chain reaction of release date shifts for other Marvel projects. “Thunderbolts” will move to Dec. 20, 2024, “Blade” jumps to Feb. 14, 2025, and “Fantastic Four” bumps to May 2, 2025. “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” is getting pushed back an entire year, from May 2, 2025, to May 1, 2026. It’s taking the place of “Avengers: Secret Wars,” which is moving from May 1, 2026, to May 7, 2027.
The inclusion of a “Star Wars” film in December 2026 means that two movies from the franchise will be released in that year. Another “Star Wars” film has been pushed from December 2025 to May 2026, while a separate installment is slated for December 2027. The specific details and premises of these films have not been clarified by Disney. Additionally, an upcoming “Alien” movie produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Fede Alvarez is set to open on August 16, 2024.
Production delays and the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike have contributed to the overhaul of Disney’s release plan.