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Disney delays next 3 ‘Avatar’ movies by a year and pushes back Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ films

Disney has delayed the next three “Avatar” movies by a year, and has also pushed back Marvel and “Star Wars” films.

“Avatar 3” will now be released on 19 December 2025, instead of a December 2024 drop, while “Avatar 4” has been delayed until 21 December 2029, and “Avatar 5” is now expected eight-and-a-half years from now, on 19 December 2031, 22 years after the first “Avatar” movie was released in 2009.

“Avatar” producer Jon Landau wrote on Twitter: “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.

“The team is hard at work and can’t wait to bring audiences back to Pandora in December 2025.”

Disney hasn’t confirmed the reasoning behind the delays.

But according to ‘Variety’, the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike in the US has played a part in the pushbacks, as has production delays.

Among the announcement of several delays, Disney has also added a new “Star Wars” movie to its schedule, which will debut on 18 December 2026, and another will drop on 17 December 2027.

A “Star Wars” motion picture was expected to be released on 19 December 2025, but that has now been delayed to 22 May 2026, meaning there will be two “Star Wars” big screen releases within seven months in 2026.

Disney has also added a new “Moana” live-action film, which will drop on 27 June 2025, and “Deadpool 3” has been brought forward to 3 May 2024, from 8 November 2024.

What’s more, Marvel movie “Captain America: Brave New World” is shifting from 3 May 2024, to 26 July 2024, while “Thunderbolts” will now drop on 20 December 2024.

“Blade” will be released on 14 February 2025, and “Fantastic Four” is expected to hit the big screen on 2 May 2025.

That is the month “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” was due to be released, but that will now be arriving on 1 May 2026 instead, in place of “Avengers: Secret Wars”, which will hit cinemas on 7 May 2027. – IOL