The Walt Disney Company made a big statement regarding the future of its films after the nearly $100 million opening of Shang-Chi. First, all remaining 2021 films, including Eternals, will only be shown in theaters for 45 consecutive days. The company also dated several future films up to 2024.
The most important piece of this news is the addition of four new Marvel movies to the 2024 calendar. They are scheduled to release on February 16, May 3, July 26 and November 8, 2024. They'll be releasing four Marvel movies in 2022, and five in 2023. Guillermo del Toro's latest movie Nightmare Alley was delayed from December 3rd to December 17th. The previously unreleased Bobs Burgers movie will be released May 27, 2022. The live-action version, The Little Mermaid, will arrive in theaters on May 26, 2023.
These moves show how bullish Disney feels about the theatre experience. It should be. Many of Disney's big 2021 films, such as Black Widow and Jungle Cruise, were released in theaters or on Disney+. The last two major releases, Free Guy and Shang-Chiwere, were only available in theaters. Both were huge hits. The company's decision to make the remaining films exclusive to theaters this year for 45 days, with the exception of Encanto, an animated film, makes perfect sense. While it might not make sense to those still concerned about the global covid-19 epidemic, the numbers Shang Chi put up suggest that Disney is content with at least this potential.
Avatar 2 will be in theaters December 2022. It is worth checking to see if Disney's schedule has Avatar 2 still on the cards. Star Wars will be back in theaters in December 2023, with Patty Jenkins Rogue Squadron. Then, the franchises flip that month into 2028, including Avatar 3 in Dec 2024, Star Wars 2 in December 2025, and a new Star Wars movie in December 2025.
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