'Star Wars: Episode IX' and a Mystery Marvel Film Get Release Dates

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - 8:03PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Episode IX
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - 8:03PM
'Star Wars: Episode IX' and a Mystery Marvel Film Get Release Dates
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We finally have a release date for the final installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, Episode IX - and it's arriving pretty much right when we thought it would. Disney announced the release dates for a slew of new films over the next couple of years, and a number of them will be of particular interest to you.

First up is Star Wars: Episode IX, which as expected will ditch the December release pattern of the first three films in the resurgent franchise in exchange for the prime summer real estate of Memorial Day weekend, May 24, 2019 to be exact. This is nearly a year to the day after next year's Han Solo movie release on May 25, so it looks like Disney is leaving behind the December Star Wars releases for good - up until The Force Awakens, nearly every Star Wars film was released in May.

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The studio also announced that an untitled Marvel movie will premiere on August 7, 2020. This could potentially be James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is the only confirmed film from Marvel after 2019's Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel - or it could be something else entirely. And they announced that Indiana Jones 5 will be pushed back an entire year to July 10, 2020. For those keeping score, star Harrison Ford will 78 years old by then. The rest of the announced releases are below.

A Wrinkle In Time - March 9, 2018
Magic Camp - April 6, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Wreck It Ralph 2) - November 21, 2018
The Lion King (live action) - July 19, 2019
Frozen 2 - November 27, 2019
Untitled Disney Live-Action Movie - April 3, 2020
Gigantic - November 25, 2020
Untitled Disney Live-Action Movie - March 12, 2021
Untitled Pixar Movie - June 18, 2021
Untitled Disney Animated Movie - November 24, 2021

What's perhaps most interesting about this list is that it includes just one slot for Marvel. Marvel is releasing three films in 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively, so the fact that the only Marvel movie currently scheduled is one film for 2020 suggests that either Infinity War is going to mess up the MCU even worse than we thought, or that Marvel plans on unveiling their entire Phase 4 schedule all at once at some later date.

While we think the latter situation is probably the case (it's doubtful that Marvel's money machine would slow down), it's still curious that they wouldn't want to at least nail down the dates now and label the films "Untitled Marvel Movies." But then again, if there's one thing Marvel Studios loves, it's ridiculous levels of unnecessary secrecy.
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