Advertisement

Disney has over 40 movies coming to theaters through 2031 — here they are

upcoming Disney movie releases
Sequels for "Deadpool 2," "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," "Avatar 2," and "Toy Story 4" are all on the way.20th Century Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, Pixar
  • Walt Disney Studios is constantly updating its film schedule.

  • In addition to "Star Wars" movies and Marvel projects, Disney also distributes Fox films.

  • Three more "Avatar" sequels, a fifth "Toy Story" film, and another "Alien" movie are on the way.

The following list contains Walt Disney Studios' theatrical film slate as of February 7, 2024.

"Turning Red" — February 9, 2024

Turning Red
Mei's friends discover she's turning into a giant red panda in "Turning Red."Disney/Pixar

In "Turning Red," 13-year-old Mei Lee (Rosalie Chiang) starts transforming into a large, cuddly panda whenever her emotions run high. That makes it slightly more difficult when Mei has big plans to attend a concert with her best friends against the wishes of her stringent mom.

Pixar employees were shocked and disappointed the film was originally sent to Disney+ in 2022 with no theatrical release.

"Luca" — March 22, 2024

Luca still shows two boys about to eat gelato
Alberto and Luca are two sea monsters who transform into human kids on land to experience the pleasures of life above the water for a summer.Pixar

Embraced as an LGBTQ+ film, the coming-of-age story follows a friendship between two sea monsters who spend their summer sneaking to a summer town disguised as humans.

The 2021 movie also skipped a theatrical release, getting sent straight to Disney+ despite Pixar staff's dismay.

"The First Omen" — April 5, 2024

Nell Tiger Free as Margaret in 20th Century Studios' "The First Omen."
Nell Tiger Free as Margaret in 20th Century Studios' "The First Omen."Courtesy of 20th Century Studios

The prequel to 1976's "The Omen" follows Margaret (Nell Tiger Free), an American woman, who discovers a conspiracy to give rise to the Antichrist while working at a church in Rome.

"Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" — May 10, 2024

An ape, Noa, with a bird on its arm in "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes."
Noa (played by Owen Teague) in "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes."20th Century Studios

Apes are now the dominant species on Earth while humans have regressed in the sequel to 2017's "War for the Planet of the Apes."

The fourth film in the franchise, from director Wes Ball ("The Maze Runner" trilogy), picks up under the tyrannical rule of a new ape leader, Proximus Caesar, as a young ape, Noa (Owen Teague), sets out on a journey that causes him to question everything he's believed.

"Inside Out 2" — June 14, 2024

Inside Out 2. Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Tony Hale) and Disgust (Liza Lapira) react to a new emotion in Riley's head called Anxiety (Maya Hawke).
Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Tony Hale) and Disgust (Liza Lapira) don't know how to feel when Anxiety (Maya Hawke) shows up.Disney/Pixar

Set years after the 2015 movie, Riley's now a teenager experiencing new emotions. Inside Riley's head, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust don't know how to react to Anxiety (Maya Hawke) and a few other new feelings.

"Inside Out 2" will be directed by Kelsey Mann who worked on "The Good Dinosaur," "Lightyear," and "Onward," with a script from Meg LeFauve who wrote the original 2015 film.

According to Puck's Matthew Belloni, per Vulture, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader will not reprise their roles because they were offered 2% of Poehler's salary, which is reportedly $5 million "plus additional fees and bonuses."

Untitled "Deadpool 3" — July 26, 2024

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in Deadpool and Wolverine costumes in "Deadpool 3."
Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in "Deadpool 3."Marvel Studios; @deadpoolmovie/Twitter

Ryan Reynolds surprised fans with a video update on the third movie in 2022, announcing his pal Hugh Jackman would reprise his role as the X-Men character Wolverine.

The anticipated sequel, directed by Reynolds' frequent collaborator, Shawn Levy, will also star Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Emma Corrin, and Rob Delaney. In addition to Jackman's reprisal, reports and rumors claim that fans could also be in store for a lot of familiar faces from Marvel's past in the new film.

"Alien: Romulus" — August 16, 2024

Alien
Sigourney Weaver starred in the "Alien" franchise.Twentieth Century-Fox Productions

This will be the first new "Alien" film release since Disney acquired Fox in 2019.

Directed by Fede Álvarez, Variety reports the movie will take place between 1979's "Alien" and 1986's "Aliens" and will be titled "Alien: Romulus."

"The Amateur" — November 8, 2024

Rami Malek in a tuxedo
Rami Malek stars in "The Amateur."Ian Gavan/Getty

20th Century Studios' spy thriller stars Rami Malek as a CIA cryptographer who loses his wife in a terrorist attack.

When the agency won't go after her killer due to an internal conflict, Malek's character blackmails the CIA.

Rachel Brosnahan, Laurence Fishburne, and Julianne Nicholson also star.

"Moana 2" — November 27, 2024

Moana 2 first look image
Disney unveiled a first look at "Moana 2" in February 2024.Walt Disney Studios

In February 2024, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that "Moana 2," originally planned as a TV series, would be coming to theaters.

"'Moana' remains an incredibly popular franchise," Iger said, "and we can't wait to give you more of Moana and Maui when 'Moana 2' comes to theaters this November."

According to Disney's press release, this sequel to the 2016 hit "takes audiences on an expansive new voyage with Moana, Maui and a brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers."

"After receiving an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, Moana must journey to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she's ever faced," the synopsis reads.

The upcoming film is directed by Dave Derrick Jr. and will feature music by Grammy winners Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, Grammy nominee Opetaia Foa'i, and three-time Grammy winner Mark Mancina.

"Mufasa: The Lion King" — December 20, 2024

The Lion King Mufasa Disney
2019's "The Lion King" is getting a prequel.Walt Disney Studios

"'Mufasa' is the origin story of one of the greatest kings in the history of pride lions," director Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight") told fans at 2022's D23 Expo, saying that the film will be told in different time frames as it shifts between the present and past.

Rafiki, Timon, and Pumbaa are all narrating Mufasa's story, which will show how he came into power.

"Mufasa was actually an orphaned cub who had to navigate the world alone, by himself," Jenkins said of the prequel. "In telling this story, we get to experience the real journey of how Mufasa found his place in the Circle of Life."

You can read more on the prequel here.

Disney currently has one more untitled theatrical release set for 2024.

frozen 2
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently announced a third "Frozen" movie.Walt Disney

This list does not contain any 20th Century and Searchlight Pictures films.

September 6, 2024 — untitled Disney film

"Captain America: Brave New World" — February 14, 2025

Sam Wilson cap costume 2
Sam Wilson's Captain America is a combination of Cap and the Falcon.Disney Platform Distribution

Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) is the new Captain America in the fourth film in the franchise.

At the 2022 D23 Expo, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that Shira Haas would play superheroine Sabra while Tim Blake Nelson will reprise his role from 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" as The Leader, a Hulk villain.

Danny Ramirez and Carl Lumbly will also reprise their roles from "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier." Director Julius Onah ("The Cloverfield Paradox") described the sequel as a thriller.

Marvel Studios changed the film's title from "Captain America: New World Order."

"Snow White" — March 21, 2025

Rachel Zegler at the Shazam: Fury of the Gods premiere
Rachel Zegler at the Los Angeles premiere of "Shazam: Fury of the Gods."Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Marc Webb ("The Amazing Spider-Man") directs the upcoming adaptation with "West Side Story" star Rachel Zegler playing the iconic Disney princess. Gal Gadot assumes the role of her stepmother, the Evil Queen.

"Snow White is the girl you remember, but she's definitely made for the modern age," Zegler told the D23 crowd. "There's such an emphasis on what it really means to be the fairest of them all. For Snow White, it's coming to terms with finding herself and finding her inner voice and finding a sense of agency so that she can be a just ruler and a wonderful queen."

The fairy tale will have new music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the songs for "The Greatest Showman" and "La La Land."

The film was pushed back an entire year in October due to the SAG-AFTRA strike.

"Fantastic Four" — May 2, 2025

Fantastic Four logo
The new "Fantastic Four" logo.Marvel Studios

First announced several years ago, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con that the "Fantastic Four" reboot will kick off Phase Six of the MCU.

At D23 Expo in 2022, Feige revealed that "WandaVision" director Matt Shakman will direct the reboot. No cast has been named yet for the film.

"Elio" — June 13, 2025

Elio
Artwork released for Elio from 2022's D23 Expo.Pixar

Pixar's next film follows an 11-year-old child who meets aliens and becomes Earth's ambassador.

Starring America Ferrara and Yonas Kibreab, it will be directed by Adrian Molina.

Live-action "Moana" remake — June 27, 2025

moana
"Moana" was first released in 2016.Disney

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announced the live-action adaptation during a prerecorded video for a shareholders meeting in early April.

Johnson will reprise his role from the hit 2016 movie as Maui. Original Moana actor Auli'i Cravalho announced on Instagram she won't reprise her role as the Disney princess.

Instead, she'll serve as an executive producer.

"Thunderbolts" — July 25, 2025

Thunderbolts cast shown at D23 Expo
Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell, Hannah John-Kamen, David Harbour, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jake Scheier, Kevin Feige are seen revealing the cast of "Thunderbolts" at D23 Expo.The Walt Disney Company via Getty Images

"There's currently a world without the Avengers," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said at the D23 Expo in September 2022, when asked about the state of the MCU in the next "Captain America" film.

"Just because there is not an organization of the Avengers, doesn't mean there's not a group of superheroes in the MCU."

"Thunderbolts" features a ragtag bunch of antiheroes, including a group of characters we've seen introduced in various movies and Disney+ shows.

Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), US Agent (Wyatt Russell), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Red Guardian (David Harbour), Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), and Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) will all star in the upcoming movie.

The group seems like Marvel's version of the Suicide Squad.

"Blade" — November 7, 2025

mahershala ali in 2021
Mahershala Ali in 2021.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Although Wesley Snipes originated the role in the 1998 movie, Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali is playing the human/vampire hybrid, who protects humans from vamps, in the reboot.

Ali's Blade was first teased in a post-credit scene of "Eternals."

In December, Ali told Entertainment Weekly he was "encouraged with the direction of the project."

"Avatar 3" — December 19, 2025

Avatar movie
A scene from "Avatar."Fox

"Avatar 3" was shot simultaneously with "Avatar 2." The film was pushed back from 2024.

Disney currently has six untitled projects set for release in 2025.

zootopia
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently announced a "Zootopia" sequel.Walt Disney Animation Studios

This list does not contain 20th Century and Searchlight Pictures films.

May 9, 2025 — untitled Disney film

July 2, 2025 — untitled Disney film

August 8, 2025 — untitled Disney film

September 19, 2025 — untitled Disney film

November 7, 2025 — untitled Disney film

November 26, 2025 — untitled Disney animation

"Avengers 5" (formerly known as "Avengers: Kang Dynasty") — May 1, 2026

Jonathan Majors as Kang in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania."
Jonathan Majors as Kang in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania."Marvel Studios/Disney

The next "Avengers" movie was supposed to revolve around Jonathan Major's character. In December, Marvel severed ties with Majors hours after the actor was convicted of domestic violence charges in New York.

The film is still on the slate but now being referred to as "Avengers 5."

Untitled "Star Wars" movie — May 22, 2026

the last jedi lucasfilm final
A scene from "The Last Jedi."Lucasfilm

In April 2023, Disney announced a new "Star Wars" trilogy. The first will revolve around Daisy Ridley's character, Rey, rebuilding the Jedi order.

Untitled "Star Wars" movie — December 18, 2026

taika waititi star wars movie
Taika Waititi is getting his own "Star Wars" movie.Disney

This may be Taika Waititi's ("Thor: Love and Thunder") "Star Wars" movie.

"Taika's approach to 'Star Wars' will be fresh, unexpected, and…unique," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said on Disney's 2020 investor day of Waititi. "His enormous talent and sense of humor will ensure that audiences are in for an unforgettable ride."

In November, Waititi told Entertainment Tonight he's still developing "something" with Lucasfilm after he finishes work on other projects.

"I want to take my time with that and get it right. I don't want to rush this movie," Waititi said.

Disney currently has 12 other untitled Disney, Marvel, and Pixar projects set for release in 2026.

Toy Story 4
Bob Iger recently announced a fifth "Toy Story" movie.Disney/Pixar

This list does not contain 20th Century and Searchlight Pictures films.

January 16, 2026 — untitled Disney film

February 13, 2026 — untitled Marvel movie

March 6, 2026 — untitled Pixar movie

March 27, 2026 — untitled Disney film

April 17, 2026 — untitled Disney film

June 19, 2026 — untitled Pixar movie

July 10, 2026 — untitled Disney film

July 24, 2026 — untitled Marvel movie

August 14, 2026 — untitled Disney film

September 18, 2026 — untitled Disney film

November 6, 2026 — untitled Marvel movie

November 25, 2026 — untitled Disney animation

"Avengers: Secret Wars" — May 7, 2027

The logos for the next two "Avengers" movies were shown on screen at San Diego Comic-Con.
The logos for the next two "Avengers" movies were shown on screen at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con.Kirsten Acuna/Insider

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige originally announced that a second "Avengers" movie will close out Phase in 2025. As of June 2023, the film had been pushed to a summer 2027 launch.

Untitled "Star Wars" film — December 17, 2027

star wars the rise of skywalker
An image from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."Disney/Lucasfilm

Additional future "Star Wars" movies will be directed by James Mangold ("Logan") and Dave Filoni.

"Avatar 4" — December 21, 2029

Avatar movie
A scene from "Avatar."Fox

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña star in the "Avatar" movies. This film was pushed back from a 2026 release date.

"Avatar 5" — December 19, 2031

neytiri zoe saldana avatar
A scene from "Avatar."20th Century Fox; Media Magik Entertainment/YouTube

James Cameron had ideas for "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" in 2010. He originally announced "Avatar 4" in 2012, before revealing he planned for a fifth film in 2015.

"Magazine Dreams" — TBD

Jonathan Majors in "Magazine Dreams."
Jonathan Majors in "Magazine Dreams."Courtesy Searchlight Pictures

The film follows Jonathan Majors as an aspiring bodybuilder. Majors received high praise for his performance in the film at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

Originally set for a December 8, 2023 theatrical release, the film was quietly removed from the calendar as Majors' domestic dispute continued to play out in the courts. Now that Marvel Studios has severed ties with Majors, it's unclear what will happen with the film's distribution.

Read the original article on Business Insider