Since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, the Mouse House’s theatrical release schedule has been significantly updated. Now the studio will be responsible for the release of all of the upcoming Fox films like Dark Phoenix, Stuber, Spies in Disguise, and much more. While some of the bigger films will stick with their current dates, others like The New Mutants will be doing some shifting to later ones.
Additionally, Disney has announced release dates for untitled Marvel Studio films, the future of Star Wars after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and the Avatar sequels. You can find all of the dates below.
Disney sent out a press release announcing the release dates for their films and 20th Century Fox (as well as Fox Searchlight) films.
For the upcoming Dark Phoenix, it will stay with its June 7, 2019, release. However, The New Mutants will be moved to a later date, once again. This film has seen its fair share of being pushed back to a later date. It was originally scheduled to be release back April 2018, but was then rescheduled for a November 2018 release. It was then pushed back twice more, to a February 2019 release, and then to August, 2019. Now, The New Mutants will open in theaters April 3, 2020. There was a point in time when it was believed that the film could just be released on a streaming service like Hulu. Which wouldn’t be that bad.
However, it looks like Disney has seen parts of the film that has them believe it’s worth seeing on the big screen. However, with the reshoots that were supposed to punch up the horror aspects not happening and the constant release delays, one has to wonder how bad the film really is and if it was any good, why wouldn’t they just release it now?
But there is some bad news for fans who have long hoped for a Gambit film. It looks like the deck was stacked against the Ragin’ Cajun or the cards weren’t in his favor, as Disney has gone ahead and canceled the film. Which isn’t that much of a cause for concern considering that Gambit has seen more than its fair share of production problems over the years from a rotating list of directors to scheduling issues. The film just could not find a way to get off the ground.
Taking a look at what is in store for Marvel Studios, Disney will be releasing two untitled Marvel films in 2020. One on May 1, 2020, and another on November 6, 2020. 2021 will see the release of three films, the first hitting theaters on February 21, the second on May 7, and the final one being on November 5. And in 2022, we will see the release of three films, once again, with the first hitting theaters on February 18, the second on May 6, and the third on July 29.
All eight films are untitled, which pretty much tells us that Disney and Marvel aren’t ready to reveal the titles to any of these films and they could tip off how it will shape Phase 4. But we do know that the studio is developing sequels for Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Guardians of the Galaxy. New films include The Eternals and Shang-Chi. And it seems very likely that a Captain Marvel 2 is in the works, but that has yet to be confirmed.
However, it seems unlikely that any one of those untitled films would belong to the X-Men considering that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that they are not a part of the five-year plan. Plus, some of these films were being planned far in advance, long before the acquisition was even considered or finalized. Although, I wouldn’t put it past anyone at Marvel to have some sort of contingency if the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises were ever available. We will just have to wait and see.
As for Star Wars, well, it will be three years after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker until we get to see more films from a galaxy far, far away. The first of the new films will open in theaters on December 16, 2022. It is then followed up by another, which hits theaters on December 22, 2024. And another opens on December 18, 2026.
One has to assume that these films belong to either Rian Johnson, who is developing a trilogy of new films, or David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who are developing new films as well. And there is no telling if Disney or Lucasfilm will be releasing the films as a trilogy or if they plan to alternate like they had originally planned for the Skywalker saga films and spinoffs.
Finally, there are the Avatar sequels. Though we’ve heard murmurs about some of the subtitles, they aren’t exactly confirmed. Even the press release recognizes the sequels by number. So, we will do the same until the titles are official. But there are release dates for the Avatar sequels. This means that fans will have to wait even longer for the sequels to hit theaters.
The new dates are as follows: Avatar 2 will hit theaters on December 17, 2021; then Avatar 3 opens on December 22, 2023; followed by Avatar 4 on December 29, 2025, and finally Avatar 5 on December 17, 2027.