Disney Postpones Release of ‘Avatar’ Sequels and Schedules ‘Star Wars’ Films for 2026

Disney Delays Release of “Avatar 3” and Reorganizes Release Dates for Major Franchises

Disney has announced that “Avatar 3” will be postponed by a year and will now release in December 2025 instead of 2024. The release dates for “Avatar 4” and “Avatar 5” have also been pushed to December 2029 and December 2031, respectively. The “Avatar” film series, which started in 2009, has collectively made over $5.2 billion at the box office. Although director James Cameron has said he may not direct the fourth and fifth installments, Disney promises to maintain the quality level that audiences have come to expect with each film.

“Avatar” Film Series

If the release dates don’t change, the “Avatar” series will have spanned across the first four decades of the century. The delay in the release of “Avatar 3” means that “Avatar 4” will be extended to December 2029 and “Avatar 5” to December 2031. Cameron has been the director for the past two installments and may not direct the next two films due to his age. Cameron will be 77 years old when “Avatar 5” is released. Both “Avatar” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” have been successful, grossing over $5.2 billion at the box office.

Disney Reorganizes Release Dates for Iconic Franchises

Disney has pushed back the release of “Avatar 3” by a year and shuffled the release dates for some of its other major franchises. “Star Wars” films are planned for 2026, with one being moved from December 2025 to May 2026, and another being added in December 2026. The studio has kept the details of these untitled productions under wraps. The Marvel release dates have also been modified, with “Avengers: Kang Dynasty” delayed from May 2025 to May 2026. The film is a pivotal release for Marvel and stars Jonathan Majors, who has been charged with domestic violence. Marvel’s plans have been reshaped, with most films being postponed for a few months.

Marvel Calendar

Marvel’s “Captain America: Brave New World” has also experienced a delay and will now debut in July 2024 instead of May 2024. This is followed by “Thunderbolts” in December 2024, “Blade” in February 2025, and “Fantastic Four” in May 2025. Disney has also revealed that another “Alien” film will be released in August 2022, while “Deadpool 3” will be released in May 2024 instead of November 2023.

Disney Producer Jon Landau took to Twitter to explain that each “Avatar” film is an epic undertaking that requires significant time to ensure that the quality of the film is up the standard that audiences have come to expect. Disney’s reorganization of release dates is set to refine the quality of some of its biggest franchises with the promise of greater entertainment value for audiences worldwide.

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