An announcement made on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 revealed release date delays for many upcoming movies from Disney Studios. This included the majority of the upcoming big-screen Marvel Cinematic Universe entries. Among them were two Avengers sequels and the current untitled third Deadpool movie. According to Deadline, “many” of the delays are related to the currently ongoing WGA strike.

Brave New MCU Schedule

This is far from the first time upcoming MCU movies have undergone an update to their release schedule. In October 2021, new delayed release dates were announced for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessThor: Love and ThunderBlack Panther: Wakanda ForeverAnt-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and The Marvels. In fact, that wasn’t even the only rescheduled release date for The Marvels, which was more recently rescheduled to be released in November 2023.

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There are multiple MCU movies included in this round of rescheduling. First up is Captain America: Brave New World, which is now rescheduled from May 4, 2024, to July 26, 2024, replacing Thunderbolts, which is now scheduled for release on December 20, 2024. Blade, originally slated for release on September 6, 2024, is now slated to be released on February 14, 2025 (a perfect romantic date movie). Fantastic Four had been originally scheduled for Valentine’s Day 2025. Now it will instead be released on May 2, 2025.

Next, two unrevealed MCU titles are scheduled for July 25, 2025 and November 7, 2025. Finally, both Avengers movies will be delayed nearly a year. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is now scheduled for May 1, 2026 instead of May 2, 2025, while Avengers: Secret Wars is now scheduled for May 7, 2027 instead of May 1, 2026.

It isn’t all delays for the upcoming MCU offerings. Instead of being released on November 8, 2024, the untitled third Deadpool movie has been moved up and is now scheduled for May 3, 2024.

Additional Release Date Adjustments

The MCU movies aren’t the only Disney Studios releases to be affected by updated release dates. Three upcoming Avatar sequels have been delayed. Avatar 3 now has a scheduled release date of December 19, 2025 instead of December 20, 2024. Avatar 4 is scheduled for December 21, 2029 instead of December 18, 2026. Finally, Avatar 5 is scheduled for December 19, 2031 instead of December 22, 2028.

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A new Alien sequel is scheduled for August 16, 2024. An untitled upcoming Star Wars movie has been rescheduled to May 22, 2026 from December 19, 2025. Another is scheduled for release on December 18, 2026. The live-action Moana movie will be released on June 27, 2025 instead of July 2, 2025. And thriller The Amateur is now scheduled for release on Deadpool‘s previous release date of November 8, 2024.

Rounding out the updated release schedule are untitled films on September 6, 2024, March 21, 2025, and August 8, 2025.


Avery Kaplan