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More delayed films could join ‘Artemis Fowl’ in going straight to Disney+

Following the updated release schedule that Disney put out last week, the company may be making even more changes to the releases of their upcoming films. 

Due to COVID-19, Disney is making some big changes to their 2020, 2021 and 2022 release schedules. Last week, it was shared that the releases of movies including Artemis Fowl, Mulan, Black Widow and Marvel’s Phase 4 have been changed.

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This week, Disney’s Chief Executive Bob Iger spoke with Barron’s. In his interview, he shares more details regarding the schedule changes and films that are going straight to Disney+

“There are some [films] we’ve decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters,” he shares.

The $125 million adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel is one of just a few films that have been fast-tracked to Disney+. This is in hopes of increasing subscriptions to the streaming platform.

“In some cases, we’ve moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have,” Iger says. “Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theaters when this [COVID-19] happened.”

After including Onward on pay-per-view services for a couple of weeks, Disney quickly moved it to Disney+. Although some of these upcoming films were streamlined onto Disney+, Iger shares that for other films in production, we will simply have to wait.

“In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis Fowl, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+,” he says. “But for the most part, a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots.”

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For instance, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Antlers, Woman in the Window and The New Mutants are a few delayed films awaiting release slots.

As for those “tentpole” films, Disney has already announced the new release dates for many of them. Even though some have been moved only a few months, other films have had their release dates pushed back over a year.

At first, Mulan’s China release date was the only region impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. It has since been pushed back from March to July 24, the same day Jungle Cruise was set to be released. As a result, Jungle Cruise has been pushed back a full year to July 30, 2021. Similarly, the upcoming Indiana Jones film has been delayed a full year, now scheduled for a July 29, 2022 premiere.

Through all of this, there is some good and some bad news for Marvel fans. The good news is that the Black Panther sequel will keep its current release date of May 6, 2022. Captain Marvel 2 is arriving on July 8, 2022, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

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However, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is being pushed back from May 7 to November 5, 2021. As well, the highly-anticipated Thor: Love And Thunder, which will include the first LGBTQ+ Marvel hero, is also being delayed to February 18, 2022. 

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney insiders emphasized that due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, all of these upcoming release dates could be shifted if needed.

A full list of the new release dates is below.


Soul – June 19, 2020
Mulan – July 24, 2020
Empty Man – August 7, 2020
The One And Only Ivan – August 14, 2020
The Beatles: Get Back – September 4, 2020
The King’s Man – September 18, 2020
Death On The Nile – October 9, 2020
The French Dispatch – October 16, 2020
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – October 23, 2020
Black Widow – November 6, 2020
Deep Water – November 13, 2020
Raya And The Last Dragon – November 25, 2020
Free Guy – December 11, 2020
West Side Story – December 18, 2020
The Last Duel – December 25, 2020 (limited)

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The Last Duel – January 8, 2021 (Wide)
The Eternals – February 12, 2021
Ron’s Gone Wrong – February 26, 2021
Untitled Disney Live Action – March 12, 2021
Bob’s Burgers – April 9, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – April 23, 2021
Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings – May 7, 2021
Cruella – May 28, 2021
Untitled Pixar Animation – June 18, 2021
Jungle Cruise – July 30, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – August 13, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – September 10, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – October 1, 2021
Hamilton – October 15, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – October 22, 2021
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness – November 5, 2021
Untitled Disney Live Action – November 19, 2021
Untitled Disney Animation – November 24, 2021
Untitled 20th Century – December 3, 2021
AVATAR 2 – December 17, 2021

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Untitled 20th Century – January 7, 2022
Nimona – January 14, 2022
Thor: Love And Thunder – February 18, 2022
Untitled Pixar Animation – March 11, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action – March 25, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – April 8, 2022
Black Panther 2 – May 6, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action – May 27, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – June 10, 2022
Untitled Pixar Animation – June 17, 2022
Captain Marvel 2 – July 8, 2022
Untitled Indiana Jones – July 29, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action – August 12, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – September 16, 2022
Untitled Marvel – October 7, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – October 21, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action – November 4, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – November 11, 2022
Untitled Disney Animation – November 23, 2022
Untitled Star Wars – December 16, 2022
Untitled 20th Century – December 23, 2022

Which films are you most disappointed to see get a delayed release date? Let us know in the comments below! 

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