Disney’s Upcoming Movie Releases – From 2023 To 2027

Summary

  • Disney is releasing a range of upcoming movies, including live-action remakes, animated films, and sequels, showcasing its diverse portfolio.
  • The slate of upcoming Disney movies includes original stories as well as reimagined classics, appealing to a wide audience.
  • Disney’s expansion into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars franchise is evident with a lineup of upcoming Marvel and Star Wars movies, promising excitement and anticipation for fans.


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Disney is considered the most successful movie studio of all time, with everything from original animated films to IPs it acquired, and there are many upcoming Disney movies up to 2025 and beyond. Disney has seen considerable success with live-action remakes like Cruella and Maleficent, as well as animated properties like Frozen II, and they’re continuing to push the envelope into the 2020s with Turning Red and more.

The studio has also continued releasing new movies directly to Disney+, including Pixar features. What the future holds now that Disney is steadily releasing several of the films from its acquisition of 20th Century Fox remains to be seen. Suffice it to say, movies released by Disney no longer adhere to such a close definition as they once did, given all the studios that operate under the entertainment giant’s purview. But the upcoming release slate certainly includes a number of films that fit into that category, as well as a range that challenges it directly. Here’s a rundown of all upcoming Disney movies until 2025.

Related: Every Animated Disney Movie Ranked From Worst To Best


Disney Movies Already Released In 2023

Elemental Movie Poster

Elemental

Pixar’s Elemental focuses on the residents of Elemental City, who are all made of land, air, water, or fire.  Originally thinking that elements can’t mix thanks to her father, Ember Lumen (Leah Lewis) sets out on a journey with Wade Ripple (Mamoudou Athie) to see the world in a whole new light. Also starring is Catherine O’Hara as Brook Ripple, Wade’s mother, and Ronnie del Carmen as Bernie, Ember’s father.

Release Date
June 16, 2023

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Poster

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is the fifth entry in the Indiana Jones franchise, directed by James Mangold and starring Harrison Ford in his final portrayal of the titular character. The film will see Jones in 1969 on an adventure with his goddaughter, Helena Shaw, as they find themselves in the middle of an uneasy space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, with the former enlisting the help of former Nazis with ulterior motives.

Release Date
June 30, 2023

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Haunted Mansion

Based on the Disney theme park ride of the same name, Haunted Mansion is a supernatural comedy that shares no elements with the prior films.  Rosario Dawson stars as Gabbie, a single mother with a son looking to start over and happens upon a mansion that seems too good to be true in New Orleans – and her hunch proves correct. To resolve her ghostly problem, Gabbie seeks the help of a priest and a widowed paranormal expert, a psychic, and a historian to hopefully rid her home of unwanted guests.

Release Date
July 28, 2023

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Wish

Wish is a Disney animated adventure/fantasy comedy that follows Asha, a young girl from the kingdom of Rosas who wants nothing more than to care for the people of her home. One night, Rosa takes a chance to wish upon a star – only to invite a bit of chaos when her prayers are somewhat answered by an energetic cosmic entity known as Star. Together with her goat and this new friend, they’ll set off to save the kingdom from an ambitious king.

Release Date
November 22, 2023

Upcoming Disney & Pixar Movies In 2024 & Beyond

Inside Out 2 – June 14, 2024

The next Pixar movie to release is also the most anticipated, perhaps even among the wider list of upcoming Disney movies. After years of being a standalone movie, Inside Out is finally getting a sequel in the form of Inside Out 2, which was announced at D23 Expo. Already some details of this upcoming Pixar movie have come through about the plot, including that it will introduce new emotions, including Anxiety (Maya Hawke).

Amy Poehler will return as Joy, with Phyllis Smith becoming Sadness once again. Lewis Black is also back as Anger. Sadly, however, Mindy Kaling (Disgust) and Bill Hader (Fear) will not return for Inside Out 2. 2015’s Inside Out was a high point for Pixar, so after the disappointing returns of Lightyear it’s understandable they’d want to return to what’s seen as a safe bet. That being said, Pixar has spent the last few years balancing original content with sequels, so the success of Inside Out 2 will likely inform where Disney and Pixar keep their focus in years to come.

Mufasa: The Lion King – December 20, 2024

Lion King Mufasa from the original and the remake.

Arriving in 2024 among the upcoming Disney movies is Disney’s Lion King prequel, Mufasa: The Lion King. The only known plot detail so far is that Mufasa is going to be an orphan and that Timon and Pumbaa will narrate. Barry Jenkins is directing Disney’s Mufasa prequel, and it will no doubt show his life story, his history with Scar, and how he became king of the Pride Lands. Mufasa: The Lion King will have a theatrical release rather than stream directly to Disney+.

ELIO – June 13, 2025

Pixar Elio new movie concept art

The next upcoming Pixar movie after Elemental is 2025’s ELIO, which was originally slated to release in Spring 2024 but was pushed back to Summer 2025. The titular Elio will be voiced by Yonas Kibreab, and America Ferrera will play his mother, Olga. Adrian Molina, who previously worked with Pixar on Coco and The Good Dinosaur, is directing. The premise is that Elio finds himself in space among aliens and cosmic beings — all of whom find his human form, which is alien to them, fascinating. They also believe the young boy is Earth’s official ambassador, which promises many comedic misunderstandings as well as trademark Pixar emotional moments.

Snow White – March 20, 2025

Rachel Zegler as Snow White with the Seven Dwarfs

Continuing the trend among upcoming Disney movies of reworking classic stories, another live-action remake coming from Disney is 2025’s Snow White. Rachel Zegler is starring as Snow White, with Gal Gadot portraying the wicked magic Queen. The plot will presumably follow the animated classic more or less and include revamped versions of the same musical numbers. Marc Webb is directing, and Greta Gerwig and Erin Cressida Wilson penned the live-action Snow White script.

Moana – June 27, 2025

Moana looking scared while at land in Moana

In April 2023, it was confirmed that Walt Disney Pictures was remaking Moana as a live-action adaptation with Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia producing. Johnson will also return as demi-God Maui, though Auli’i Cravalho confirmed in an Instagram video that she will return as Moana, but will act as an executive producer, with Thomas Kail directing. A theatrical release is set for June 27, 2025.

Johnson greeted the announcement with an emotional statement:

“I’m deeply humbled and overcome with gratitude to bring the beautiful story of Moana to the live-action big screen. This story is my culture, and this story is emblematic of our people’s grace and warrior strength. I wear this culture proudly on my skin and in my soul, and this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reunite with Maui, inspired by the mana and spirit of my late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, is one that runs very deep for me. I want to thank my partners at Disney for their strong commitment to this special endeavor, because there is no better world for us to honor the story of our people, our passion and our purpose than through the realm of music and dance, which is at the core of who we are as Polynesian people.”

Disney’s Upcoming Marvel Movies

MCU Avengers on Comic Books Background

Disney spent decades acquiring every franchise and studio they could, and the most successful venture for them has arguably been the MCU. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on Marvel Comics characters, has dominated cinema since 2008’s Iron Man. Phases 4, 5, and 6 of the MCU are fully planned, so there’s a slew of upcoming Disney movies coming from Disney between 2023 and 2026, supported by multiple big-budget Disney+ shows like Secret Invasion and Ironheart.

  • Deadpool 3 – July 26, 2024
  • Captain America: Brave New World – February 14, 2025
  • Fantastic Four – May 2, 2025
  • Thunderbolts – July 25, 2025
  • Blade – November 7, 2025
  • Avengers: The Kang Dynasty – May 1, 2026
  • Avengers: Secret Wars – May 7, 2027

Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania kicked off the MCU in 2023, followed shortly by Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3. The Marvels came next on November 10, 2023, following on from the stories of Captain Marvel, Wandavision, and Ms. Marvel simultaneously. The long-awaited Blade reboot starring Mahershala Ali originally took the MCU’s final 2023 movie slot, releasing on 11/03/23, but was subsequently pushed back twice into November 2025.

The SAG-AFTRA Actors Strike changed the make-up of Marvel’s movie release slate dramatically. Deadpool 3 will open 2024, reuniting Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. For the first time in years, it will be the only MCU release of 2024. Then Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) will return in Captain America: Brave New World Order returns on February 14, 2025. Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes will also be back on the big screen in the new team-up movie Thunderbolts, which comes out a few months after Captain America 4 with a July 25, 2025, release.

Those Cap spin-offs book-end the long-awaited arrival of the Fantastic Four movie on May 2, 2025. After this comes Blade, which will also be the MCU’s final Phase 5 movie, on November 7, 2025. The Multiverse Saga (Phases 4, 5, and 6) culminates in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty on May 1, 2026, followed by the Endgame to its Infinity War, Avengers: Secret Wars, on May 7, 2027. Where the MCU is heading afterward is a mystery, though an X-Men movie won’t be too far away, and Armor Wars is yet to set a date.

Disney’s Upcoming Star Wars Movies

Star Wars A New Hope - Han Solo and Jabba the Hut

The theatrical future of Star Wars is less certain, with the franchise taking a break from cinemas to focus on Star Wars Disney+ series. Nevertheless, Disney has announced theatrical dates for upcoming Disney movies from Star Wars, with the idea that it will alternate with Avatar in the December release slot. A Rogue Squadron movie directed by Patty Jenkins was slated to be the first of these biannual releases before it was removed from the release schedule.

A number of creators have been announced as working on upcoming Star Wars movies, including Dave Filoni, James Mangold, and Taika Waititi, but it’s currently unclear when these projects will end up in cinemas. The following Star Wars movies are all confirmed in development:

  • Rey Skywalker’s New Jedi Order Movie
  • Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian Movie
  • James Mangold’s Dawn Of The Jedi Movie
  • Lando
  • Shawn Levy’s Star Wars Movie
  • Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy
  • Taika Waititi’s Star Wars Movie

Disney’s Upcoming 20th Century Fox/Studios Movies

Disney Plus and 20th Century Fox

Disney acquired rival studio 20th Century Fox in 2019, renaming it 20th Century Studios. There are still projects from 20th Century Studios acquired during the Fox purchase that haven’t yet rebooted or continued, but several are already in the works. There are also many rumored projects in the works based on known franchises Disney acquired from Fox, such as reboots/continuations of Predator, Flash Gordon, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. However, there’s not much concrete news on these yet.

The status of 20th Century Pictures properties as “Disney movies” is debatable. Some, like Avatar, The Bob’s Burgers Movie, and 2022’s Prey, have been embraced by Disney with open arms. Others, like the Hellraiser reboot and The Boston Strangler, starring Keira Knightley, are less associated with the family-friendly House of Mouse. With that said, there are several Fox movies coming out over the next few years.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever – December 8, 2023
  • The First Omen – April 5, 2024
  • Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes – May 24, 2024
  • Alien: Romulus – August 16, 2024
  • The Amateur – November 8, 2024
  • Avatar 3 – December 25, 2025

Avatar 4 will now follow on December 21, 2029. While these aren’t explicitly upcoming Disney movies, they are still technically Disney properties.

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