The Avatar franchise is still a long way from its conclusion. While the second instalment in the Avatar franchise made it to the theatres after nearly more than a decade, the delays around their films aren’t done yet. Now, Walt Disney Co on Tuesday pushed the release of ‘Avatar 3’ a year, bumping it from December 2024 to December 2025. The timeline is stretched even further for the next planned instalments.
‘Avatar 4’ is now slated to hit theatres in December 2029; ‘Avatar 5’ is set to arrive in December 2031.
If those dates are confirmed, the franchise will be stretched across the first four decades of the century. As per the reports, director James Cameron, who launched Avatar in 2009, has said he may not direct films 4 and 5.
If Avatar 5 is released by December 2031, the now 68-year-old Cameron would be 77. ‘Avatar’ and ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ have collectively made more than USD 5.2 billion at the box office.
"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," Avatar’ producer Jon Landau wrote on Twitter.
Disney shuffled the plans for some of its biggest franchises on Tuesday, leaving fans much more curious and heartbroken.
Disney also has two Star Wars films planned for 2026 and one of them was pushed from December 2025 to May 2026. Another was added for December 2026. The studio hasn't announced details on either untitled production.
The Marvel calendar was also remade Tuesday, as the studio continues to reshape its coming plans in its superhero kingdom.
Notably, Avengers: Kang Dynasty has also been buzzed to be postponed from May 2025 to May 2026. The upcoming film is touted to be a pivotal release for Marvel, starring Jonathan Majors, the actor who has been charged with domestic violence. Majors' attorney has denied the charges and says he's innocent.
Other shifts in Marvel releases include most films being delayed a few months. ‘Captain America: Brave New World’ will open in July 2024 instead of May 2024, after which comes ‘Thunderbolts’ in December 2024, ‘Blade’ in February 2025 and ‘Fantastic Four’ in May 2025.
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