- The coronavirus pandemic altered the release schedule for many Walt Disney Studios movies.
- Previously, Disney released its scheduled movies through 2027. Now, some of them are left undated.
- In addition to “Star Wars” movies and Marvel projects, Disney now has films from Fox.
- Disney acquired Fox film studios (20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and Blue Sky Studios) in 2019.
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Walt Disney Studios has an enviable movie slate for years to come.
In addition to its coming Disney animated movies and live-action films, the studio also releases Pixar movies, “Star Wars” films, and Marvel movies.
With the company’s 2019 acquisition of Fox studios, which includes 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and Blue Sky Studios, Disney gained control of a number of upcoming projects and franchises like “Avatar.” Here are the over 50 Disney and Fox movies currently scheduled for release.
Pixar’s “Soul” was moved from the summer to the fall of 2020. Now, it will be released on streaming.
New release date:December 25, 2020 on Disney PlusOriginal release date: June 19, 2020
The movie, announced by Disney and Pixar on June 19, 2019, will “take you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions.”
Jamie Foxx voices Joe Gardner, the character seen above, a middle-school band teacher who has a passion for jazz music. Tina Fey voices a “soul-in-training,” who has an unexpected encounter with Gardner and decides to help him get back to Earth.
Pixar’s chief creative officer Pete Docter co-directs the film with Kemp Powers. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross compose the film with original jazz music from Jon Batiste.
Fox will release a third “Kingsman” movie from director Matthew Vaughn.
New release date: February 12, 2021Original release dates: September 18, 2020, February 14, 2020
According to Disney and Fox, the film will follow the origins of the independent intelligence agency.
The synopsis reads, “As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.” The film will now debut about a year after its original release.
Matthew Vaughn returns to close out the trilogy with Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance joining Harris Dickinson and Ralph Fiennes.
“Nomadland,” based on a work of non-fiction, was moved to February.
Release date: February 19, 2021Original release date: December 4, 2020
The film is based on the non-fiction book that follows Americans travelling the country searching for work. The film, being directed by Chloé Zhao, stars Frances McDormand and David Strathairn.
“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” is based on the musical of the same name.
New release date: February 26, 2021Original release date: October 23, 2020
The adaptation of the hit musical follows Jamie New, a 16-year-old who dreams of becoming a drag queen with the support of his mum and friends.
The film stars newcomer Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, and Richard E. Grant.
You can watch a trailer here.
Disney Animation’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” was moved to 2021.
New release date: March 5, 2021Original release date: November 25, 2020
Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) is a lone warrior from Kumandra, a kingdom where dragons and humans once lived in harmony. But all of the dragons except one disappeared when they sacrificed themselves to save humanity from an evil force. When that dark threat returns 500 years later, Raya goes out in search of the last dragon to bring unity back to the world.
The fantasy-action adventure will be directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins (“Big Hero 6,” “Frozen”) with Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians”) voicing the dragon, Sisu.
During Disney’s investor’s day, the company announced the film will be available simultaneously to unlock on Disney Plus for a cost through Premier Access. Disney previously released “Mulan” for an additional $US29.99 this way in September.
Disney finally gave the “Bob’s Burger” movie a release date.
Release date: April 9, 2021Original release date: July 17, 2020
After being delayed from a July 2020 release, Disney finally gave the “Bob’s Burgers” movie a release date.
Creator Loren Bouchard wrote, directed, and produced the musical comedy, which he said will “scratch every itch” fans of the show have had.
“Ron’s Gone Wrong” is an animated film that was pushed back.
New release date: April 23, 2021Original release dates: November 6, 2020, February 26, 2021
The animated movie, which follows a boy whose robot friend doesn’t work right, stars Thomas Barbusca.
Marvel’s next movie, “Black Widow,” will arrive in 2021.
New release date: May 7, 2021Original release dates: May 1, 2020, November 6, 2020
The film will take place between the events of 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” and 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” Natasha Romanoff reunites with some old comrades to take down a villain named Taskmaster.
David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz star in the film along with Scarlett Johansson.
You can watch the latest trailer here.
“Free Guy” stars Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”).
New release date:May 21Original release date: July 3, 2020, December 11, 2020
Reynolds plays a bank teller, named Guy, whose bank gets robbed multiple times daily. When Guy starts wondering what’s going on, he realises he’s a non-playable character in a video game.
Reynolds debuted the first footage for the film at New York Comic Con in October 2019 to a warm reception. Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, and Utkarsh Ambudkar star.
Disney’s “Cruella” will serve as an origin story of Cruella de Vil.
Release date: a Disney spokesperson previously told Insider the film will release on May 28, 2021Original release date: 2020
Emma Stone will be the villain from the animated classic “The 101 Dalmations.” According to Stone, the movie will have a 1970s punk-rock feel.
The first look at Stone as the iconic villain was shown at D23.
According to Disney’s official description of the film, released after its 2020 investor’s day, Cruella’s name is Estella. Emma Thompson will also star in the film as the Baroness, the head of a fashion house who takes Estella under her wing. As of Thursday, Disney said the film will release theatrically in 2021.
Pixar will release “Luca” in June 2021.
Release date: June 18, 2021
Oscar nominee Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) is directing the coming-of-age story about Luca, who spends his summer on the Italian Riviera with his best friend. The catch? His friend happens to be a sea monster from another world.
“This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship,” said Casarosa in a press release. “Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is those bonds that are at the heart of our story in ‘Luca.'”
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will introduce us to another Marvel superhero.
New release date: July 9, 2021Original release date: February 12, 2021, May 7, 2021
Destin Daniel Cretton is directing the movie about the Master of Kung Fu who “must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organisation.”
Introduced in the comics in 1973, Simu Liu will play the titular character with Awkwafina (“Ocean’s 8”) also starring. Tony Leung will play the Mandarin. A fake version of the character, played by Ben Kingsley, appeared in “Iron Man 3.”
The film recently finished filming in October after a four-month filming hiatus.
Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” is based on the ride of the same name from the Disney parks.
New release date: July 30, 2021Original release date: July 24, 2020
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays a 1930s riverboat captain, who goes on an exploratory mission into the jungle.
Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Paul Giamatti, Édgar Ramírez, and Jesse Plemons also star.
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas will star in “Deep Water.”
Release date: August 13, 2021Original release date: November 13, 2020
The film, based on the Patricia Highsmith book, follows a couple who have fallen out of love who start playing mind games with each other.
Ben Affleck, Tracy Letts, and Ana de Armas star in the thriller.
Affleck and Armas have been seeing one another since filming on the movie ended. In August, the two went on a double date with Affleck’s longtime friend Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso.
Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary, “The Beatles: Get Back,” was moved nearly a year.
New release date: August 27, 2021Original Release date: September 4, 2020
Disney announced it acquired the distribution rights to the documentary in March 2020.
According to a press release, the film will go behind-the-scenes of the making of the band’s album “Let It Be” and their final live concert on London’s Savile Row.
The film was made using more than 55 hours of unseen footage that was filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969 and 140 hours of “mostly unheard” audio recordings from the “Let It Be” album sessions.
A “Death on the Nile” reboot was originally set for a 2020 release.
Release date: September 17Original release date: October 9, 2020, December 18, 2020 20th Century Studios’ Agatha Christie adaptation stars Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Kenneth Branagh, and Tom Bateman.
You can watch the trailer here.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will reunite next year in “The Last Duel.”
New release date: October 15, 2021Original release date: Originally, the movie was going to be given a limited release on Christmas before opening in more theatres on January 8, 2021. But production on the film halted due to the coronavirus.
Ridley Scott is directing the 14th century epic about two knights whose bond is tested. It has quite the cast in Affleck, Damon, Adam Driver, and Jodie Comer.
Marvel’s “Eternals” was pushed back about a year.
New release date: November 5, 2021Original release date: November 6, 2020, February 12, 2021
The film is based around the group of immortal beings created by cosmic Gods.
Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Stuber”), Lauren Ridloff (“The Walking Dead”), Brian Henry Tyree (“Atlanta”), Salma Hayek, Don Lee, and Angelina Jolie will star in the movie.
Disney’s 60th animated movie will be centered around a Colombian girl named Mirabel.
Release date: November 24, 2021
Disney’s 60th animated feature is about the Madrigals, who live in the mountains of Colombia in a magical place called Encanto where each of the children – except one named Mirabel – has been blessed with a power. When the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel may be the only person who can save her family.
The film is directed by Byron Howard (“Zootopia”) and features music from Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda previously said he had been working on a secret animated Disney project for years.
Fox’s “West Side Story” is a remake of the movie based on the Broadway musical.
Release date: December 10, 2021Original release date: December 18, 2020
The cast includes Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James, and Rita Moreno, who starred in the original movie. It’s directed by Steven Spielberg.
Disney added another live-action movie, “The Little Mermaid,” for December 2021.
Release date: December 17, 2021
The live-action version of “The Little Mermaid” doesn’t have a release date, yet, but singer Halle Bailey was cast in the role in July 2019. Awkwafina, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy also join the cast.
The remake will include original songs and new ones from Alan Menken and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Filming is expected to resume in January.
Disney will release horror thriller “Antlers” through Fox Searchlight.
New release date: TBDOriginal release date: April 20, 2020
The horror movie will follow a teacher and her brother who “become entwined with a young student” who has a dangerous secret.
Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons star in the film.
Fox will also release two untitled movies in 2021.
Here are the release dates for 20th Century Studios’ (formerly 20th Century Fox) 2021 movies:
September 10, 2021 December 3, 2021
Fox’s “Nimona” is based on a webcomic from Noelle Stevenson.
Release date: January 14, 2022Original release date: March 2021
The comic was published in a graphic novel in 2015 and centres Nimona, a shapeshifter who also works as a sidekick to a supervillain.
Disney and Pixar will release another animated film, “Turning Red,” in March 2022.
Release date: March 11, 2022
Domee Shi, who directed the Pixar short “Bao,” has been working on her own feature-length film, “Turning Red.” The film follows 13-year-old Mei Lee, who turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.
The “Doctor Strange” sequel is now coming in 2022.
New release date: March 25, 2022Original release dates: May 7, 2021, November 5, 2021
Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Dr. Stephen Strange in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) will be in the sequel, too. The events of her Disney+ series, “WandaVision,” will directly tie in to “Doctor Strange 2.”
During Disney’s investor’s day, Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige confirmed Rachel McAdams will reprise her role in the sequel and announced Xochitl Gomez will join as America Chavez who becomes Miss America in the comics.
The director of the first “Doctor Strange,” Scott Derrickson, left the film in January 2020 “due to creative differences.” He remains an executive producer. “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi is returning to the MCU and will direct the sequel.
A fourth “Thor” movie is coming in 2022.
New release date: May 6, 2022Original release date: November 5, 2021, February 11, 2022
“Thor: Love and Thunder” will feature the return of Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie (and the new king of Asgard).
The big surprise is that Natalie Portman will be back playing a female Thor. “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi is returning to direct. Christian Bale will play the film’s villain, Gorr the God Butcher.
Another “Lion King” film is scheduled for April 2022.
Release date: April 8, 2022
A “live-action” prequel to Disney’s very successful “The Lion King’ adaptation is in the works with director Barry Jenkins. Hans Zimmer is returning to do the score for the prequel with Pharrell and Nicholas Britell.
Disney has another live-action movie planned for 2022. It could be “Aladdin.”
Release date: May 27, 2022
Could this be the date for another live-action sequel?
“Aladdin” producer Dan Lin told Insider they were already looking at a potential sequel to that film. Variety reported in February 2020 the sequel is moving forward.
Disney and Pixar have a “Toy Story” spinoff planned for 2022.
Release date: June 17, 2022
Docter explained the sci-fi action-adventure as the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the fictional hero who inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy we know and love from the “Toy Story” franchise.
The film, directed by Angus MacLane, will show how a test pilot became the Space Ranger, who became a popular action figure.
Chris Evans will voice this version of Lightyear.
A “Black Panther” sequel was confirmed in 2019.
Release date: July 8, 2022Original release date: May 6, 2022
Kevin Feige confirmed at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con that “Black Panther 2” is underway. Out of respect for Chadwick Boseman, Marvel won’t recast the role of T’Challa.
“To honour the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the King of Wakanda, we will continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film,” Feige said.
Disney will release a fifth “Indiana Jones” movie in 2022.
New release date: July 29, 2022 Original release date: July 9, 2021
Director Steven Spielberg will not direct the next film. Lucasfilm president Kathy Kennedy confirmed during Disney’s 2020 investor day that “Logan” director James Mangold will direct.
It will be followed by a Disney live-action film.
Release date: August 12, 2022
The DisInsider first reported the 1997 animated film about the son of Zeus will get a live-action remake. Could this be what will get this slot?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Avengers: Endgame” directors Anthony and Joe Russo will produce, but not direct, the film.
Another Marvel movie will come fall 2022.
Release date: October 7, 2022
We do know that a third “Ant-Man” film is on the way. Feige recently announced Peyton Reed will return to direct “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” with Paul Rudd and Evangeline.
Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer will also be back. Kathryn Newton will play the new Cassie Lang while Jonathan Majors will play Kang the Conqueror.
Disney will release another live-action movie in November 2022.
Release date: November 4, 2022
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are reportedly working on new music for a live-action “Snow White” movie. That may be the film released on this date.
A “Captain Marvel” sequel is officially happening.
Release date: November 11, 2022Original release date: July 8, 2022
Nia DaCosta will direct the sequel with Brie Larson reprising her role as Carol Danvers. Iman Vellani will costar as Ms. Marvel. Teyonah Parris, who plays a grown-up Monica Rambeau, will also be in the film after an appearance in “WandaVision.”
That same month, Disney will release an animated film.
Release date: November 23, 2022
“Meet the Robinsons” director Stephen Anderson is reportedly working on an animated film for Disney.
Fox’s “Avatar 2” has been delayed again and is set for a 2022 release.
New release date: December 16, 2022Previous release date: December 17, 2021
This was previously the date for a new “Star Wars” movie. “Avatar 2” is just one of at least four sequels planned for the “Avatar” franchise.
Disney will release another seven untitled Fox movies in 2022.
Here are the release dates for Fox’s 2022 movies:
January 7, 2022 June 10, 2022 September 16, 2022 October 21, 2022 November 11, 2022 December 23, 2022
Marvel will release a film in February 2023.
Release date: February 17, 2023
At San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige announced Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will star as Blade in a reboot of the franchise. “Blade” is still undated.
Another Marvel movie will be released in May 2023.
Release date: May 5, 2023
Could this be the long-awaited “Deadpool 3”? Deadline reports a third film is in the works with Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin writing the script. The fourth-wall-breaking character is expected to finally be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Pixar will release a film in June 2023.
Release date: June 16, 2023
It’s unlikely we’ll get another “Toy Story” movie, but Pixar has been making a lot of sequels lately.
Disney’s third untitled Marvel movie is set for summer 2023.
Release date: July 28, 2023
We know a third “Guardians of the Galaxy” is coming at some point in 2023. Director James Gunn said he needs to finish his “Suicide Squad” movie before work on the third film begins.
The first two “Guardians” movies were released in the first week of August.
Marvel’s final film of 2023 comes in November.
Release date: November 3, 2023
Now that Disney purchased Fox, it can make X-Men and Fantastic Four movies.
During Disney’s 2020 investor’s day, Feige announced Jon Watts (“Spider-Man: Homecoming) is directing a “Fantastic Four” reboot. This seems far out enough for the new film. The last time we saw Marvel’s first family on screen was in 2015.
Disney will release an animated movie for the 2023 Thanksgiving holiday.
Release date: November 22, 2023
There’s no word on what Disney animated feature may be released yet.
Disney will return to a galaxy far, far away in 2023 with “Rogue Squadron.”
New release date: December 25, 2023Original release date: December 16, 2022, December 22, 2023
Kennedy surprised fans when she announced “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins will direct her own “Star Wars” movie.
Kennedy said the film will introduce a new generation of starfighter pilots as they “earn their wings and risk their lives.”
Lucasfilm is working on another original project called “Children of Blood & Bone.”
Release date: TBD
The film will introduce a new hero based on Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. The film will follow an African girl’s journey to bring back magic to her people, the Maji.
Disney will release another six untitled live-action movies in 2023.
Here are the release dates for Disney’s live-action 2023 movies:
March 10, 2023 May 26, 2023 July 14, 2023 August 11, 2023 October 6, 2023 December 15, 2023
Disney will release six untitled Fox movies in 2023.
Here are the release dates for Fox’s 2023 movies:
January 13, 2023 March 24, 2023 June 9, 2023 September 15, 2023 October 20, 2023 November 10, 2023
Fox’s “Avatar 3” will be released in 2024.
New release date: December 20, 2024Previous release date: December 22, 2023
“Avatar 3” started shooting simultaneously with “Avatar 2.”
Disney will continue with another “Star Wars” movie in 2025 from the “Thor: Ragnarok” director.
New release date: December 19, 2025Previous release date: December 20, 2024
“Taika’s approach to ‘Star Wars’ will be fresh, unexpected, and…unique,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said on Disney’s 2020 investor day of director Taika Waititi. “His enormous talent and sense of humour will ensure that audiences are in for an unforgettable ride.”
“Avatar 4” is already scheduled for the following year.
New release date: December 18, 2026Previous release date: December 19, 2025
Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana star in the “Avatar” movies.
A third “Star Wars” movie is planned for 2027.
New release date: December 17, 2027Previous release date: December 18, 2026
Maybe this will be one of Rian Johnson’s expected “Star Wars” projects if they’re still happening.
“Avatar 5” will hit the big screen in 2027.
New release date: December 22, 2028Previous release date: December 17, 2027
James Cameron had ideas for “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” in 2010. He then announced “Avatar 4” in 2012 and then revealed he had ideas for a fifth in 2015.
Fox’s “The Woman In the Window” is based on the thriller novel of the same name.
New release date: TBD, but the film may take one of the currently vacant 20th Century Studios dates in 2021.Original release date: October 4, 2019, May 15, 2020
Amy Adams plays a child psychologist with agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder that prevents her from venturing outside. She witnesses a crime while spying on her neighbours and must reckon with what she has seen.
Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Bruan Tyree Henry, and Anthony Mackie also star.
Wes Anderson’s next movie, “The French Dispatch,” now has no release date.
New release date: TBDOriginal release dates: July 24, 2020, October 16, 2020
Many Wes Anderson favourites, including Adrien Brody, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson, join together for this story of an American magazine. Timothée Chalamet also stars.
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” — TBD
Another currently undated Fox Searchlight film is based on the documentary of the same name following the history of televangelists Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker.
Jessica Chastain told Variety she acquired the rights to Faye’s life in 2012 for about $US5,000 and will sing in the movie.
Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”) directs the film, starring Chastain, Andrew Garfield, and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Anjelica Oswald contributed to an earlier version of this article.