Disney’s Massive Release Date Changes Explained: What’s Moved & Why

Disney just made some huge changes to its release schedule, so here are the massive release date changes explained, including what movies are moved and why. Disney holds the keys to some of the most highly-anticipated movies of the next few years, with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, Avatar 3, and the upcoming Star Wars movies all being produced by Disney. Although release dates for these movies and more have been set in stone for a while, almost everything has changed for the company, meaning that some of the release dates for audiences’ favorite movies may have been changed.

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The Walt Disney Company holds some of the most valuable IPs in the movie market, with the company over the MCU, Star Wars, Avatar, and a massive library of classic animated movies. Many of the highest-grossing movies of each year belong to Disney, meaning that their blockbusters are always tentpole films for a year’s release calendar. Because of this, Disney movie delays could change everything, with many smaller movies being released around Disney’s massive schedule. Well, some serious changes are coming, as Disney has shifted the release dates of many of its biggest films in the coming years – and here’s why.

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Every Movie Release Date That Disney Just Changed

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Disney has had most of its schedule for the next few years announced, but the company just revealed that many of its biggest films will be having their release dates changed. In total, 15 movies have had their release dates changed, and while most of them have been pushed back, one has been pushed forward, and others have been given release dates for the first time. The movies impacted include projects from the MCU, Star Wars, Avatar, Alien, 20th Century Studios, and even a live-action Disney remake. So, here is a complete breakdown of every movie release date that Disney just changed (via THR).

  • Captain America: Brave New World moved from May 3, 2024, to July 26, 2024.
  • Untitled Alien movie dated August 16, 2024.
  • Thunderbolts moved from July 26, 2024, to December 20, 2024.
  • Deadpool 3 moved from November 8, 2024, to May 3, 2024.
  • The Amateur dated November 8, 2024.
  • Blade moved from September 6, 2024, to February 14, 2025.
  • Fantastic Four moved from February 15, 2025, to May 2, 2025.
  • Disney’s live-action Moana remake dated June 27, 2025.
  • Avatar 3 moved from December 20, 2024, to December 19, 2025.
  • Avengers: The Kang Dynasty moved from May 2, 2025, to May 1, 2026.
  • Untitled Star Wars project moved from December 19, 2025, to May 22, 2026.
  • Untitled Star Wars project dated December 18, 2026.
  • Avengers: Secret Wars moved from May 1, 2026, to May 7, 2027.
  • Avatar 4 moved from December 18, 2026, to December 21, 2029.
  • Avatar 5 moved from December 22, 2028, to December 19, 2031.

Why Disney Has Just Delayed So Many Movies

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Although Disney hasn’t confirmed this, it seems most likely that these movies have been delayed due to the Writers Guild strike of 2023. Since the Writers Guild of America writers are striking, work cannot be done on scripts for some of Disney’s biggest movies. Because of this, the studios either must agree to the terms and conditions of the WGA or attempt to wait for the strike to end. Although Disney is able to continue production on projects that have already been written (albeit with some caveats), projects that don’t have scripts yet can’t progress, making it understandable for Disney to delay these movies.

Why Disney Has Delayed Avatar 3, 4 & 5

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Although most of these movies were delayed due to the Writers Guild strike of 2023, the reason behind the delays of Avatar 3, 4, and 5 may be a little different. James Cameron’s Avatar movies take a notoriously long time to complete, with the gap between 2009’s Avatar and 2022’s Avatar: The Way of Water being a prime example of this. These release gaps allow James Cameron to give a greater focus to each film, while also giving the team time to master the technology as it becomes more advanced.

On top of that, delaying Avatar 3, 4, and 5 gives each sequel more time to breathe. Avatar: The Way of Water was a massive box office success, and this could in part be due to the film’s long theatrical run. Avatar: The Way of Water didn’t leave theaters until nearly half a year after it was initially released, showing that the film has serious legs. The original release dates for Avatar 3, 4, and 5 had films releasing every other year, but these new dates will allow the films to feel less rushed and cluttered.

Why Marvel Has Delayed Avengers 5, Avengers 6 & More

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Disney not only delayed Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, but other MCU projects as well, including Captain America: Brave New World, Thunderbolts, Blade, and Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has recently begun an initiative to space their projects out more, which could play into these MCU release date changes. Plus, since every MCU film is connected, they all must be delayed if one is faced with a significant delay. Because of this, many of these films are reacting to the delay of Captain America: Brave New World, with Thunderbolts being a prime example of this.

Why Deadpool 3 Is Releasing Earlier Than Planned When Other Movies Are Being Delayed

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Although most other movies are getting delayed, Deadpool 3 was actually pushed up. This is most likely due to the fact that Deadpool 3 has already been filming for a while. Since it isn’t as affected by the Writers Guild strike, Disney may be moving it up in order to fill in the gaps of other released movies. Plus, a lot of Deadpool 3 can be recorded in post-production with ADR, meaning that it is easier to fast-track the film.

Why Is Disney Releasing Two Star Wars Movies In 2026?

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Star Wars movies have been struggling since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but announcing two Star Wars movies for 2026 means that Disney is planning to bring the franchise back in a big way. Having two Star Wars movies so close together could be a huge risk, but it shows immense confidence from Disney. Disney has been trying to make May release dates work due to the original trilogy being released in May, and although this didn’t work for Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney is giving it another try on May 22, 2026.

Disney’s New Alien Movie Release Date Explained: What Is It?

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Among the other delays, Disney surprisingly announced a new Alien movie for August 16, 2024. This upcoming Alien movie is directed by Fede Álvarez, the filmmaker behind Don’t Breathe and the 2013 Evil Dead reboot. The film will star Cailee Spaeny, David Jonsson, and several other announced cast members. Although he won’t be directing, Ridley Scott will be producing the film, making the upcoming Alien project even more exciting. So, although Disney’s big list of delays may be sad, knowing that a new Alien film is coming is kind of a silver lining.

Source: THR

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