Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 still isn’t out for another eight days, but there’s so much going on in the world of movies (including at Disney) that it’s starting to feel like it’s already come and gone.
The first official trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle might have been exciting, but it’s far from the biggest news in movies over the past week. Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned over the last few days, from four simultaneous sequels to the future of some major franchises.
It all started last Saturday. James Cameron and Fox set release dates (via Facebook) for four sequels to the 2009 mega-blockbuster Avatar, the first of which is scheduled for December 18, 2020. Also known as 11 years after the original.
Avatar is fine. Entertaining, even. But it’s much more of a technical marvel than a must-see film. In 2009, it was a showcase for the future of immersive, 3D cinema. Eight years later, 3D still hasn’t caught on in a big way.
Are people really still interested in four sequels to Avatar? Were they ever? It’s tough to say, especially considering the decade (and then some) between the first and second entries in the franchise. The world of Avatar is interesting, but is it interesting enough to support four sequels in five years?
I doubt it. But concurrent production means we’ll be getting all of them regardless.
Fox just can’t stop announcing movies. Not content to let James Cameron’s films dominate the conversation, the company also announced three X-Men movies set for release in 2018.
It starts with New Mutants on April 13 and ends with X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2. The former will feature a new team of young mutants while the latter is the next official film in the X-Men lineage. Will it tackle the revered Dark Phoenix Saga better than Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand? I don’t need to know anything more to answer that with a resounding yes.
The big movie here, though, is the one in the middle. That would be a little thing known as Deadpool 2, which will release June 1, 2018. Deadpool was a massive success for so many reasons—its fourth wall-breaking script, its near-perfect blend of humor and violence, and its perfectly cast lead to name a few. The sequel looks to build on that success, but anything even close in quality is enough for me.
Disney couldn’t let Fox have all the fun, of course, and the company announced a slew of release dates for the next few years. Maybe too many. But here are the big ones:
Episode IX, directed by Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed helmer Colin Trevorrow, will drop into our lives on May 24, 2019. The gap’s shorter than that between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but 18 months is still more than enough time for the world to lose its shit over how the third trilogy will end.
The Lion King
Anyone wondering what exactly a live action version of The Lion King will look like (and who isn’t wondering, really?) won’t have to wait long. Jon Favreau’s take on the animated classic is set to hit theaters July 19, 2019. Favreau’s take on The Jungle Book was well-received and set the standard for visual effects in movies, so he’s a natural selection to helm the adaptation of arguably the biggest Disney animated movie of the 1990’s.
Frozen 2 follows shortly after, and I’m much more excited for it than just about anything else in this post. The rare theatrical sequel to a Disney animated movie is set for release on November 27, 2019. I don’t know about anybody else, but I really want to build a snowman right now.
The fifth Indiana Jones movie, currently untitled, is set for release on July 10, 2020. It has to be better than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, right?
Also dated: Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle In Time, the horribly titled Wreck-It Ralph sequel and more. Click through to the source for the rest.
I’m going to see most of the movies announced over the past week, but I think we could all remember a lot of these aren’t coming out for a long time and chill.
Or not. Which of these are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments.