Disney Schedules Two Star Wars Movies for 2026, Avatar 5 Coming in 2031

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Disney has updated the release schedule for some of its most anticipated movies, including those belonging to the Star Wars and Avatar franchises. According to a report from Variety, 2026 will be the year of Star Wars, with two movies from Lucasfilm releasing that year (e.g., the one with Rey), while Avatar 3, following the success of last year’s sequel, has been moved back to 2025. (Avatar 5, the final Avatar film, is now releasing on December 19, 2031.) A long list of Marvel films has also received new dates, including Deadpool 3, which is actually coming out earlier in May 2024 with Ryan Reynolds returning in the lead role opposite Hugh Jackman, who broke his promise about never playing Wolverine again.

From a Variety report:

Among the highlights of the overhaul: A live-action “Moana” will be released on June 27, 2025; “Deadpool 3” moved up from Nov. 8, 2024, to May 3, 2024; an untitled “Star Wars” movie is debuting on Dec. 18, 2026; “Avatar 3” has shifted to Dec. 19, 2025; “Avatar 4” to Dec. 21, 2029, and “Avatar 5” to Dec. 19, 2031. Based on this timeline, the final “Avatar” movie is coming 22 years after the original 2009 blockbuster.

Other changes include a massive Marvel reshuffling. “Captain America: Brave New World” is moving from May 3, 2024, to July 26, 2024, which in turn is delaying “Thunderbolts” to Dec. 20, 2024, “Blade” to Feb. 14, 2025, and “Fantastic Four” to May 2, 2025. “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” is getting pushed back an entire year, from May 2, 2025, to May 1, 2026. It’s taking the place of “Avengers: Secret Wars,” which is jumping from May 1, 2026, to May 7, 2027.

With the addition of a “Star Wars” film in December 2026, it means that two movies set in a galaxy far, far away will be released in that year. A separate “Star Wars” movie has been pushed from Dec. 19, 2025, to May 22, 2026. Another “Star Wars” film is set for Dec. 17, 2027. Disney hasn’t clarified the premises of any of those installments.

Elsewhere, the new “Alien” movie, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Fede Alvarez, will open on Aug. 16, 2024.

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