With the Star Wars franchise taking a bit of a hiatus after this year’s The Rise of Skywalker, now comes a confirmed release date for the next outing to a galaxy far, far away – not to mention a whole host of other Disney pictures.
Where Star Wars is concerned, Disney has set release dates for three new movies. Those films will arrive on December 16th, 2022, December 20th, 2024 and December 18th, 2026. It’s yet to be confirmed, but it’s believed that these three offerings will be the trilogy that Rian Johnson has long been confirmed to be working on.
Elsewhere, Disney has set new releases dates for James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels. Under 20th Century Fox’s watch, the first of these Avatar follow-ups was booked in for December 2020. With Disney having now acquired a whole bunch of Fox properties, the House of Mouse has changed up the release schedule for the Avatar franchise. That now means that Avatar 2 will be released on December 17th, 2021, Avatar 3 on December 22nd, 2023, Avatar 4 on December 19th, 2025 and Avatar 5 on December 17th, 2027.
But that’s not it! No, another Fox-developed movie has similarly seen its release date pushed back. That film is The New Mutants. Keep in mind that this is a picture that was originally set to hit the silver screen back in 2018 before reshoots were ordered and the film was pushed back for a 2019 release. Now though, with those reshoots still yet to take place, Disney has set a new release date of April 3rd, 2020 for The New Mutants. Those planned reshoots were meant to make the movie darker and scarier, although it remains to be seen just if and when they will happen at all.
Now while The New Mutants is one of Fox’s X-Men-driven movies that’s seen its release date shaken up, there’s less fortunate news for Gambit. That long-gestating Channing Tatum-starrer has been completely pulled from the release schedule. Again, this is a film that was originally meant to be released two years ago, yet the movie has seen director after director depart the project. And now, it looks as if time has been called on the picture. Similarly, three other Fox/Marvel movies have been completely scrapped. The focus of these three mystery Marvel offerings was never revealed – many presuming more X-Men movies or even another Fantastic Four effort – but now they will likely never get made.
So, to streamline that down to an easily digestible, does-exactly-as-it-says-on-the-tin timeline, the next few years look a little like this:
April 3rd, 2020: The New Mutants
December 17th, 2021: Avatar 2
December 16th, 2022: Untitled Star Wars Movie
December 22nd, 2023: Avatar 3
December 20th, 2024: Untitled Star Wars Movie
December 19th, 2025: Avatar 4
December 18th, 2026: Untitled Star Wars Movie
December 17th, 2027: Avatar 5
This is all, of course, in addition to plentiful upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that have yet to be given set release dates. Already, we’ve got Spider-Man: Far From Home this July, and then The Eternals, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, Shang-Chi and Black Widow are just some of the upcoming MCU efforts on the way – and that’s before you explore the possibility of an MCU-set X-Men or FF outing.
As ever, expect more on all of this as we get it.