Disney delays a raft of Marvel, Star Wars and Avatar films in release date shuffle

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Avatar, Star Wars and Marvel projects get pushed back, with Avatar 5 now nearly a decade away: more here.

The ongoing writers’ strike in the US is beginning to have an impact as more and more high-profile projects are pushed back. Disney, home to some of cinema’s biggest intellectual property, has already delayed a couple of films but now, the ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America looks to have created a domino effect that has seen some projects pushed back as far as 2031, a date so far in the future it feels like it should belong in some dystopian sci-fi movie.

The two planned Marvel Cinematic Universe Avengers films have each been pushed back by a year, as has the third Avatar film. The planned fourth and fifth films however, have been pushed all the way back to 2029 and 2031 respectively. Dare we hope that this delay creates a space for James Cameron to make that Hiroshima project he was talking up not so long ago?

As for Star Wars, the wait for the franchise’s return to the big screen looks set to be extended by a year until 2026 meaning it will have been some seven years since the series’ last theatrical release. It’s possible that beleaguered Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy might be breathing a sigh of relief here. Her attempts to get a good Star Wars film (or even just a bad Star Wars film) into cinemas have been something of a mess over the past few years and the 2025 date that was recently announced for the next film was already looking like a tall order, even before the WGA strike. This gives Lucasfilm the perfect reason to delay the project without finding itself in the crosshairs of disgruntled fans, again.

Here’s the updated Disney schedule so you can add the new dates to your calendars. If calendars go as far forward as 2031…

The Marvels – November 10th 2023

Deadpool 3 – May 3rd 2024

Captain America: Brave New World – July 26th 2024

New Alien Film – August 16th 2024

– December 20th 2024

Blade – February 14th 2025

Fantastic Four
– May 2nd 2025

Live-Action Moana Movie – June 27th 2025

Avatar 3
– December 19th 2025

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty – May 1st 2026

Untitled Star Wars Film – May 22nd 2026

Untitled Star Wars Film – December 18th 2026

Avengers: Secret Wars – May 7th 2027

Avatar 4 – December 21st 2029

Avatar 5 – December 19th 2031

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