Disney has brought major changes to its upcoming movie schedule release dates across multiple movie franchises, including Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and Avatar. The news confirms what many had speculated online for a while following the major strike by the Writer’s Guild of America, which has been going on since May.

In a major news release on Tuesday, Disney announced the new release dates for major Marvel films such as “Deadpool 3,” “Captain America: Brave New World,” “Thunderbolts,” Blade” and “Fantastic Four.” Additionally, “Avengers: The King Dynasty and “Avengers: Secret Wars” have both been delayed a full year. Not to mention other major changes to the release dates for “Avatar” and the “Star Wars” franchises.

New Marvel Movies Release Dates Schedule

  • Deadpool 3 has moved up from Nov. 8, 2024, to May 3, 2024.
  • Captain America: Brave New World has moved from May 3, 2024, to Aug. 26, 2024.
  • Thunderbolts has moved to Dec. 20, 2024.
  • Blade has moved to Feb. 14, 2025.
  • Fantastic Four has moved to May 2, 2025.
  • Avengers: The Kang Dynasty has been delayed an entire year, from May 2, 2025, to May 1, 2026.
  • Avengers: Secret Wars will shift accordingly, from May 1, 2026, to May 7, 2027.

Avatar Movie Release Dates Schedule

  • Avatar 3 moves to December 19th, 2025
  • Avatar 4 moves to December 21st, 2029
  • Avatar 5 moves to December 19th, 2031

Star Wars Movie Release Dates Schedule

  • Untitled Star Wars movie moves to December 19th, 2025
  • Untitled Star Wars movie moves to May 22nd, 2026
  • Untitled Star Wars movie moves to December 18th, 2026

According to Variety, production delays and the ongoing WGA strike are behind the extreme changes to Disney’s film release schedule. Disney recently paused filming “Blade” and “Thunderbolts,” which created a ripple effect on the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Avatar” is seeing delays as this new timeline between the sequels will allow the post-production and the visual effects department to continue expanding, developing and refining the different ecosystems across the vast world of Pandora.

“Each ‘Avatar’ film is an exciting but epic undertaking that takes time to bring to the quality level we as filmmakers strive for and audiences have come to expect,” producer Jon Landau wrote on Twitter. “The team is hard at work and can’t wait to bring audiences back to Pandora in December 2025.”

What are your thoughts on Disney moving around all of these major film releases so dramatically? Let us know in the comments! 

Sean Sposato
The Main Street Mouse