Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday's Headlines | Disney Has Movie Plans

Walt Disney Pictures has announced its release schedule for films through 2022, including new dates for James Cameron's four planned Avatar sequels.

The Avatar films will now kickoff with Avatar 2 on December 17, 2021. Avatar 3 will follow on December 22, 2023, Avatar 4 will land December 19, 2025, and Avatar 5 will close the series on December 17, 2027. The Avatar films will alternate pre-Christmas holiday weekend openings with Star Wars, which will drop three new untitled films in 2022, 2024, and 2026.

Aside from these new Star Wars movies and new Avatar dates, one of the most notable aspects of the release calendar is what isn't listed - namely no new films featuring any Marvel Studios or former Fox-controlled Marvel characters.

Though New Mutants gets a new April 3, 2020 release date, the only other Marvel film listed is Dark Phoenix, which remains in place for its planned June 7 release. None of Fox's previously in-development X-Men movies have made the schedule (yet) - including Gabmit, Kitty Pryde, X-Force, or even a Deadpool 3.