Planning for the future in the film world is an odd thing, especially when it comes to release dates, and Disney has unveiled when we could see films coming from the mouse house in the worlds of Star Wars and Marvel as well as what Fox releases like Avatar.
In many cases it’s about pushing films back, the biggest is James Cameron long-awaited Avatar sequels is being delayed for another year. Avatar 2 will now be released on December 17, 2021 instead of the original December 18, 2020.
That 2020 release date has now been filled by Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.
As for the other Avatar sequels, Avatar 3 will open on December 22, 2023 and not December 17, 2021 Avatar 4 is now a December 19, 2025 release instead of December 20, 2024 and finally, Avatar will be coming out December 17, 2027.
As part of the major release date announcement is there will be a trio of brand new Star Wars movies once Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brings the Skywalker saga to a close on the 20th December.
The first of the trio won’t be until December 16, 2022 then two years later on December 20, 2024 and the final Star Wars film will be December 18, 2026.
Spacing these films other every two years is a smart thing to do for Disney and Lucasfilm and a three year break away from the big screen will help with the franchise and fans won’t be as disappointed due to the fact they’ll be able to get their fix with Disney+ with the likes of The Mandalorian, Cassian Andor series and Clone Wars.
These dates will mean Disney will be dominating the Christmas period for the foreseeable future as they alternate between Avatar and Star Wars films, which can’t be a good thing for the industry.
As for the possible Star Wars movies to go into those dates, it’ll be either the Rian Johnson trilogy or the possibly rumoured Old Republic films from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Meanwhile. Disney is going to let the dust settle after Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home and won’t be releasing a movie until May 1, 2020, followed by another on November 6. In 2021, Marvel will go back to three movies a year, the first to be released on 12th February, then May 7 and the third on November 5.
Another trio of Marvel films will be released in 2022. February 18 will be the first and followed by May 6 and the final announced Marvel release is 29th September.
Fox’s final X-Men movie has been pushed back once again as The New Mutants won’t be coming out on August 2 this year and now will be released on April 3, 2020, nearly two years after its original release. It’s got to the point I was really excited to see this film back in 2018 to the point I really don’t give a shit and I think the cast care anymore.
The upside is at least it looks like currently still getting a theatre release (but I won’t be surprised if that changes and becomes a Disney+ or Hulu release) unlike Channing Tatum-led Gambit spinoff has been removed from the slate.
The other key dates are Kingsman: The Great Game will have a 14th February 2020 release, surprisingly the Bob’s Burgers film is getting a summer release in 2020 on July 24 and the untitled Indiana Jones will get a summer release with a July 9, 2021 date.
As for the live-action adaptation of Disney animated films like Mulan will come out on March 27, 2020 and the Emma Stone led Cruella will bring 2020 to an end with a 23rd December release date.