As Walt Disney Studios continues to absorb their recent purchase of Fox Studios, an updated release list running all the way in to 2027 was released this morning.
You can view the full list of movies and their release dates below, but here are five key take-aways from the press release.
- It should be no surprise given the record-breaking pace that Avengers: Endgame has carved through it’s first full week in release, but there will be more Marvel in Disney’s future with untitled films slated for releases on May 20, 2020, November 6, 2020, Febraury 12, 2021, May 7, 2021, November 5, 2021, February 18, 2022, May 6, 2022, and July 29, 2022. While those dates have long been bookmarked, we’ll more than likely find out what these films are at the Marvel Panel at D23 Expo in a couple of months but sequels for Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange are all locks and just need release dates. The same goes for The Eternals which has officially been in development since April 2018. Other potential films could be an Ant-Man and The Wasp sequel, a Thor: Ragnarok sequel, as well as the long-awaited Black Widow solo film which is expected to begin filming next month in the United Kingdom with Scarlett Johansson reprising her role.
- Marvel aside, Disney is looking to dominate the holiday season for the next decade. The studio announced alternating Star Wars and Avatar releases beginning in 2021. The Star Wars trilogy will release December 16, 2022, December 20, 2024, and December 18, 2026 while James Cameron’s Avatar (finally) returns to theaters December 17, 2021, December 22, 2023, December 19, 2025, and December 17, 2027. While the Avatar releases were already on the Fox slate, the decision to move forward and continue with another Star Wars trilogy is an interesting move considering the studio had postponed standalone films in the near future. Add to that the considerable disjuncture between fans of the Rian Johnson-directed Episode VIII and one would have thought there would have been a slightly larger gap between trilogy releases. Johnson hasn’t really won anyone over either as he continues to stoke the flames by baiting internet trolls. Time will tell, but it’s a bold move on Disney’s part.
- There was a time when Disney and Pixar were synonymous with one another. In looking at the latest release sheet, there are six films spread out over the next 8 years — and that includes next month’s Toy Story 4 and the March 6, 2020 release of Onward. Granted Pixar has always been about quality over quantity (yes that includes Cars 2) and there will likely be more news at the Disney Animation Panel at D23 in August, but one thing that we do know is that all five untitled films will be original (non-sequel) movies.
- Indiana Jones is still happening (likely without the nuclear blasts or aliens…). The fifth film of the LucasFilm franchise has gone through three writers so far and while it is being directed in the very capable hands of Steven Spielberg, the question remains if this film will officially pass the torch to a new Indy. Considering Shia LaBeouf’s Mutt was never a fan favorite and the actor has faded into relatively obscurity outside of an occasional viral meme, where will the franchise go once Indy 5’s credits start rolling? One thing for certain is that this will be Harrison Ford’s final Indy film outside of a Stan Lee-esque cameo in future releases. While no story ever really ends, this might be a good chance to close out the Indy franchise and let it rest for a while before reviving it for a new generation.
- Disney Live Action lives on! Granted we’ve known for some time that Mulan, Cruella, the Maleficent sequel along with the Dwayne Johnson-Emily Blunt led Jungle Cruise were all slated for release, there are 10 untitled live action slots at the moment. Lady in the Tramp (with a reworked Siamese cats song), Pinocchio, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Prince Charming, Oliver Twist, James and the Giant Peach, and Tinkerbelle have all been in development with various cast members attached. The Little Mermaid and Snow White are also two properties that are being considered for a feature release but the big question is how many of these adaptations make it to theaters and how many debut on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
Take a look at the full list of releases below: