Disney Has So Many Movies Hitting Theaters from 2020 to 2027
Consummate planners, rejoice! Disney has announced its complete film release schedule for the next seven years, and we’re Tigger-level excited. From the live-action reboots of Mulan and Cruella to the Black Panther sequel and the next four Avatar movies (remember, Disney acquired Fox), here’s everything we have to look forward to from the house of the mouse. As Mickey would say, “Oh, boy!”
1. ‘Call of the Wild’: February 21, 2020
Like the classic novel on which it’s based, Harrison Ford’s iteration of Call of the Wild centers on a sled dog that struggles for survival in the Alaskan wilderness.
2. ‘Onward’: March 6, 2020
In this animated film set in a suburban fantasy world, Tom Holland and Chris Pratt voice the roles of two teenage elf brothers eager to embark on a quest to learn once and for all if magic still exists.
4. ‘Black Widow’: May 1, 2020
Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is finally getting her own movie. Now we’ll get to watch her endeavor to serve and protect from the Civil War to the Infinity War. We’re guessing lots of badassery ensues.
5. ‘Artemis Fowl’: May 29, 2020
Based on the sci-fi fantasy novels of Eoin Colfer, this film from director Kenneth Branagh will star Josh Gad and Dame Judy Dench. It follows a young Irish criminal genius named Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw) as he casually kidnaps a fairy leprechaun for ransom in order to restore his family fortune.
6. ‘Soul’: June 19, 2020
We love a good Disney Pixar movie as much as anyone, but this flick looks especially good. In Soul, a musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul. Sure, it sounds out-there, but the characters are voiced by Tina Fey and Jamie Foxx, so it’s sure to be entertaining.
7. ‘Jungle Cruise’: July 24, 2020
We’ve seen adaptations of Disney rides to films be wildly successful before (*cough, cough* Pirates of the Caribbean), and we expect this one will be no different. Jungle Cruise also stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt, so there’s that.
8. ‘The One and Only Ivan’: August 14, 2020
Angelina Jolie and Sam Rockwell lend their voices to this heartwarming animated story about a gorilla named Ivan (Rockwell) who partners with an elephant named Stella (Jolie) to escape from captivity.
9. ‘Eternals’: November 6, 2020
Comic-book fans, get ready for the next Avengers-level Marvel ensemble cast. Based on the comic of the same name, Eternals tells the story of a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and helped shape its history. Did we mention it stars everyone from Angelina Jolie and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) to Richard Madden (GoT), Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians) and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley)?
10. ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’: November 25, 2020
Awkwafina is getting her own animated movie, people. The Crazy Rich Asians fan favorite stars in this animated film about a warrior named Raya (Cassie Steele) who tries to find the last dragon in an ancient civilization.
11. ‘West Side Story’: December 18, 2020
Like the Broadway version, this adaptation follows young love and the tension between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York. It stars Ansel Elgort (The Goldfinch) as Tony and newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria.
12. ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’: February 21, 2021
Based on the Marvel comics, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings tells the story of Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), the master of kung fu.
13. ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’: May 7, 2021
Plot details haven’t yet been revealed, but we know Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Stephen Strange) and Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) and is the sequel to the 2016 movie Doctor Strange.
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14. ‘Cruella’: May 28, 2021
Emma Stone is set to star as the iconic villain in Disney’s upcoming movie Cruella, which takes place in the ’70s and gives us a look into the life of Cruella de Vil, the fur coat-obsessed antagonist from the 1961 film 101 Dalmatians (and the subsequent Glenn Close remake).
15. ‘Untitled Indiana Jones’: July 9, 2021
Although little is known about the fifth film in the Indiana Jones franchise, it’s highly anticipated. With Steven Spielberg as a director and Ford reprising his role as Indy, how could anything go wrong?
16. ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’: November 5, 2021
Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor in the fourth movie of his own personal superhero saga. Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie are also along for the ride.
17. ‘Avatar 2’: December 17, 2021
Believe it or not, Disney is having James Cameron take another crack (or four) at Avatar. Zoe Saldana (Neytiri) and Sam Worthington (Jake Sully) will reprise their roles, and Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel and Giovanni Ribisi will also join the fold.
18. ‘Black Panther 2’: May 6, 2022
Thanks to the monumental success of the first film, Black Panther is returning with a sequel. Not much is known about the plot, but it is apparent that Chadwick Boseman will return as T’Challa/Black Panther.
Following Black Panther 2, Disney is dropping a plethora of new Star Wars and Avatar films. Although nothing is known about their plots or cast, we know one thing for sure: We’re excited.
19. ‘Untitled Star Wars’: December 16, 2022
20. ‘Avatar 3’: December 22, 2023
21. ‘Untitled Star Wars’: December 20, 2024
22. ‘Avatar 4’: December 19, 2025
23. ‘Untitled Star Wars’: December 18, 2026
24. ‘Avatar 5’: December 17, 2027Disney has also called dibs on 49 release dates from March 12, 2021, to December 15, 2023, claiming them for films like Untitled Disney Live Action, Untitled Pixar Animation, Untitled Marvel and Untitled Fox. This basically means these films are in development and haven’t been named yet. Despite their “a girl movie has no name” status, Disney is excited enough about them that they’ve claimed each flick a release date years early.
Our seven-year moviegoing plan (!) is officially set.