As expected, Indiana Jones 5 has now officially been moved to a 2021 release date. But that’s just one of several premiere shifts Disney announced today, which include a Marvel movie and live-action adaptations.
Mary Poppins Returns' US release has moved up a few days, from December 25 to December 19 of this year, while Jungle Cruise, which stars Dwayne Johnson and is currently in production, will be released in the US 11 October 2019.
Maleficent 2 is now set for US release on 29 May 2020. An untitled Marvel movie has been moved up a bit from 30 July 2021 to 12 February 2021, while an untitled live-action movie originally set for 9 July 2021 will take that July 30 slot.
Two untitled live-action movies slated for 8 November 2019 and 21 February 2021 in the US have been removed from Disney’s schedule entirely.
And finally, the ridiculously titled Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is now officially just called Ralph Breaks the Internet.
The Indiana Jones film, reportedly getting some new script developments, moves from US release on 10 July 2020 to 9 July 2021.
Really, outside of the Indiana Jones move, most of this release date information isn’t of much major consequence. We knew Jungle Cruise and Maleficent 2 were in production so those getting dates makes sense. The other shifts feel fairly simple. There probably just aren’t projects ready for those dates yet.
That untitled Marvel movie going from July 2021 to February is interesting though. Right now, for 2020, there are untitled Marvel movies scheduled for May 1, July 31 and November 6. The next one after that was supposed to be 7 May 2021 — but now the company is slotting something into that first quarter slot which Captain Marvel has lined up for next year, and Black Panther rode to great success this year. Maybe this will be a similar new hero origin story or maybe even Black Panther 2.
Though we probably won’t know until next winter what that movie is, the move suggests Disney already has something in mind and is excited about it.