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Disney reveals new release dates for the MCU, Mulan, Jungle Cruise, and more

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Thanks to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, Disney has now officially rejiggered its release calendar. With cinemas around the world closed due to national lockdowns, the studio had indefinitely delayed a number of its most anticipated releases, most notably entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Black Widow, which was originally set to release next month. But this weekend past, the House of Mouse unveiled brand new release dates for all its major titles.

Starting with the most immediate changes, Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan – which has already drawn very positive buzz – was supposed to release last week. It has now been bumped up four months to 24 July. That’s actually still pretty soon, relatively, and I have a feeling that’s going to change again given how hard hit the USA is when it comes to the Coronavirus. The studio clearly thinks that people will be back in cinemas by that point already though, even leaving Pixar’s Soul on its original 19 June release date.

Whether cinemas will be back in swing again by then won’t matter for fans of Artemis Fowl though. The Disney adaptation of the popular books has had its 29 May theatrical release scrapped entirely with the film now going straight to Disney+ for an undisclosed mid-year release.

Meanwhile, the Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt-led Jungle Cruise has been pushed back a full year. Originally set for release on 11 October 2019, it had already been delayed to 24 July 2020, but will now only be arriving on 30 July 2021. Also being held back for a year is the long-gestating Indiana Jones 5, which sees its original 9 July 2021 date changed to 29 July 2022. For those of you keeping track at home, that would mean the film releases just a few weeks after star Harrison Ford’s 79th birthday.

Finally, moving to the MCU and as predicted would happen, all the Marvel movies have essentially been bumped up a spot. Black Widow will now take the 6 November slot that The Eternals had originally occupied while the latter takes Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ 12 February 2021 spot and so and so forth until the still-untitled Captain Marvel sequel on 8 July 2022.

Two points of interest though: Firstly, there’s no mention of Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man 3 to be found anywhere. Reports had surfaced late last week that the co-production’s shooting start date had been delayed massively due to the Coronavirus lockdown so its 16 July 2021 release date is now up in the air. Also, although not mentioned on the release list, we know that a third Ant-Man film is officially in development as well. This weekend past it was revealed that Jeff Loveness, a writer and co-producer for Rick and Morty, has been tapped to pen the script for the untitled sequel, while franchise director Peyton Reed is confirmed to be returning.

Looking at Disney’s other entries recently acquired as part of the Fox acquisition, the Ryan Reynolds’ led Free Guy has been bumped from 1 July 2020 to 11 December. Wes Anderson’s star-studded The French Dispatch is also moving from 24 July to 16 October. Unchanged on the release schedule will be Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel. The two films will be arriving on 18 December and 25 December respectively. Finally, the perennially delayed The New Mutants has once again been given the axe as it hasn’t received a new release date.

Here’s Disney’s new full release schedule below:

  • Artemis Fowl – Mid-2020 on Disney+
  • Soul – 9 June 2020
  • Mulan – 24 July 2020
  • The French Dispatch – 16 October 2020
  • Black Widow – 6 November 2020
  • Free Guy – 11 December 2020
  • West Side Story – 18 December 2020
  • The Last Duel – 25 December 2020
  • The Eternals – 12 February
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – 7 May 2021
  • Jungle Cruise – 30 July 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – November 2021
  • Thor: Love and Thunder – 28 February 2022
  • Black Panther 2 – 8 May 2022
  • Captain Marvel 2 – 8 July 2022
  • Indiana Jones 5 – 29 July 2022
  • Spider-Man 3 – No release date
  • The New Mutants – No release date

Last Updated: April 6, 2020


  1. Yay and we have no Disney+ 🙁

    ” won’t matter for fans of Artemis Fowl though” True, because fans of Artemis Fowl will not watch that trash. This is I Am Number Four all over again. The only thing they got right were the damn names. It’s as if the screenwriter didn’t even read the back of the books. Just looked at a wiki summarizing the characters and then just made everything up as they went along.

    Rant over. Sorry I’m passionate about my childhood heros.


    • Original Heretic

      April 6, 2020 at 09:57

      I feel you! Judging by the previews, they’ve RUINED Artemis Fowl.
      I blame Disney, not the screenwriter.
      “No, oh no, we can’t have a protagonist that’s actually a master thief!”.

      Sad thing is, by changing that one crucial thing, it changes everything.

      I wonder how Colfer feels about it…


      • Lu

        April 6, 2020 at 10:43

        Yeah Disney needs to stay the hell away from my childhood.

        Can’t have a criminal mastermind protagonist.
        Can’t have a Half European, half Asian Man Mountain bodyguard – Has to be african american for some cognitively delayed reason.
        Can’t have an ACTUAL dwarf play a damn dwarf. Seriously they could even have used Kevin Hart…


        • Original Heretic

          April 6, 2020 at 10:49

          Considering how funny Mulch is in the books, yeah, Kevin Hart could have been brilliant!
          I just hate that the movie suddenly made his dad a huge part of the tale.
          “Oh, we’ve cast Colin Farrell. He must be given more screen time!”

          Ugh… No, I’m not even looking forward to it anymore. After that last trailer, they can keep it.


          • Lu

            April 6, 2020 at 11:16

            Considering the whole plot of the first book is accumulating wealth to even find his dad in the first place yeah. Irks me.

            Glad there’s someone I can co-rant with 😀

            Yep. Agree wholeheartedly. Wouldn’t wanna stain my memories

          • Original Heretic

            April 6, 2020 at 11:40

            Rant away!
            I’m in complete agreement.
            I just hope they get that fight between Butler and the troll right.
            If that even makes it into the movie…

          • Lu

            April 6, 2020 at 12:12

            AAAAAH yes that would be an amazing fight.
            I’d go as far as to say a better one than The Fellowship of the Ring’s Moria troll fight.

    • Kervyn Cloete

      April 6, 2020 at 10:33

      I’ve never read the books, but based on what I’ve gleaned from Wiki and the like, this is a terrible adaptation.


      • Lu

        April 6, 2020 at 10:38

        Bought the box set and on the second last on at the moment. Even if you just read the back of each book you could put a more accurate story together.


        • Kervyn Cloete

          April 6, 2020 at 11:04

          Who knows? Maybe this will be like the Constantine movie, which is about as terrible an adaptation as you can get, but is actually a pretty good movie on its own.

          Based on the Artemis Fowl trailers though….


          • Original Heretic

            April 6, 2020 at 11:46

            They’ve turned it into a weird MIB type story…

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