Disney Delays Avatar, Star Wars and Marvel

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Disney is always giving us fans something to look forward to when it comes to movies. There are so many classics that have gotten sequels and further. When a film does so well, as fans, we want to continue to learn more about the characters and be a part of their world.

Disney’s beloved Avatar, Star Wars, and Captain America are three films that are set to release new movies in the next few years. With new releases, always come challenges. So much goes into the production of a film, it comes as no surprise that there may be some hiccups along the way.

All three of these films were given release dates that have recently been shaken up by Disney. Although at this time, Disney has not commented on the schedule changes, it is believed that it has to do with the Hollywood writer’s strike.

“Movies like this can’t be made without scripts (despite what some critics might say), and with writers not currently working on them, things have to be delayed,” according to media website Gizmodo.


‘Avatar’ (2009) is a science fiction film, now a franchise. The film is set in the mid-22nd century. During this time, humans are colonizing Pandora in order to mine the valuable mineral unobtanium. This film revolutionized how we saw 3D films using groundbreaking technology. Since then, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water ‘was released in 2022.

Since the second film, Avatar has been renewed for three more films. Avatar 3 will now be out a year later on December 19, 2025. Avatar 4 moves several years to December 21, 2029, and Avatar 5 moves to December 2031.

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Star Wars

The first Star Wars film, ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ (1977) was only the beginning of the popular trilogy. Now there are twelve films along with nine TV series and film spin-offs. The George Lucas films are nothing shy of a classic and very clearly a hit with Star Wars: Galaxy Edge in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios as well as Disneyland Park.

Two films in the series are now planned for 2026. One film was pushed from December 2025 to May 2026, with the second being added for December 2026. The studio hasn’t released a Star Wars film since 2019.

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Captain America

The first film, ‘Captain America: First Avenger’ (2011) starring Chris Evans featured as the beloved superhero. The super-soldier has since had two more films, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014) and ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016). As a part of the Marvel universe, he is also a part of The Avengers (2012). Due to the change in release dates, ‘Captain America: Brave New World’ will open in July 2024 instead of May 2024.

Other Marvel delays, as reported by Variety state; “‘Thunderbolts‘ to December 20, 2024, ‘Blade’ to February 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.


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Disney may have changed some dates, but they sure have given us plenty of things to look forward to. Which film are you most excited about?

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.