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Release Date Shuffle: Disney Switches Up Its Slate

Studios change up their release slate all of the time. Sometimes it has to do with a production hiccup that forces a movie’s date to be pushed back, as it did with Star Wars: Episode IX recently. Sometime the flipside happens and a film is going to be ready earlier than anticipated. Sometimes it’s done to avoid a bigger release. Shoot, sometimes it’s done just for the hell of it. Disney is no different and they’ve used that aforementioned Star Wars shift to go ahead and update their slate.

The big changes primarily fall within 2019, but since a few other alterations have been made recently, I’ve gone ahead and listed everything. Below you will find all currently-scheduled theatrical releases that Disney has in place from now until the end of 2019. Mind you other changes can easily be made, be they subtractions or additions. After all, they have plenty of other films (i.e. Mulan, Peter Pan, etc.) in the pipeline that do not yet have set dates.

November 3rd, 2017 – Taika Waititi’s THOR: RAGNAROK
November 22nd, 2017 – COCO
December 15th, 2017 – Rian Johnson’s STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

February 16th, 2018 – Ryan Coogler’s BLACK PANTHER
March 9th, 2018 – Ava DuVernary’s A WRINKLE IN TIME
April 20th, 2018 – DOLPHINS
May 4th, 2018 – The Russo Bros.’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
May 25th, 2018 – Ron Howard’s HAN SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
June 15th, 2018 – THE INCREDIBLES 2
July 6th, 2018 – Peyton Reed’s ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
August 3rd, 2018 – CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
December 25th, 2018 – MARY POPPINS RETURNS

March 8th, 2019 – CAPTAIN MARVEL
March 29th, 2019 – Tim Burton’s DUMBO
April 12th, 2019 – PLANES 3
May 3rd, 2019 – The Russo Bros.’ AVENGERS 4
May 24th, 2019 – Guy Ritchie’s ALADDIN
June 21st, 2019 – TOY STORY 4
July 5th, 2019 – SPIDER-MAN 2
July 19th, 2019 – Jon Favreau’s THE LION KING
August 9th, 2019 – Kenneth Branagh’s ARTEMIS FOWL
November 8th, 2019 – NICOLE
November 27th, 2019 – FROZEN 2
December 20th, 2019 – J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

That…is a lot of appointment cinema. Chances are good that at least a few of them will be disappointing on a creative level, but I imagine most of them will be box office juggernauts. Between Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney has a choke-hold on the world’s wallet. Based on the list above, it’s not hard to see why.

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