Disney has had two of the biggest box office years of any studio in the history of time. While the studio only has a handful of films planned for 2018, almost every single one of them is poised to be a major blockbuster. And then, of course, there's everything they have planned after that.
Between all the different studios that Disney owns, and with another joining them in the next year or so, there's a nearly endless stream of movies planned for the rest of this decade. Here is every single one of them, animated, live-action, comic book, and science fiction, even a documentary just to balance things out. This is your one-stop shop for all things Disney. Here's everything that has to yet to be released by the House of Mouse.
Black Panther made his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War and the character has the spotlight all to himself before Marvel's big crossover event begins later in the year. This will be the earliest in the year that we've seen a Marvel movie debut, but with the stacked calendar that Disney has this year, there was really no other place to put it. Expect Black Panther to set the table for Avengers: Infinity War coming later in the year. It will also set the tone for Disney's likely utter domination of the 2018 box office.
Release Date: February 16, 2018
A Wrinkle In Time
Expectations are fairly high for Disney's big screen version of the popular novel A Wrinkle in Time. The great Ava DuVernay is directing the adaptation and it includes the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. The trailers have shown the film to be everything that decades worth of fans of the book will likely want to see, with strange alien worlds and equally strange characters. While this movie has the potential to get buried underneath all the massive franchises, its fanbase is so potentially huge that if it breaks out, it could be one of the biggest movies of the year.
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War
What is there to say about the Marvel Cinematic Universe that hasn't already been said? It's celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2018, and to celebrate, it's starting the two-part event that is Avengers: Infinity War. We'll see virtually every character that the MCU has introduced in one place in what promises to be the biggest spectacle of the year. Infinity War is already looking like the film to beat at the box office in 2018. It seems unlikely any other movie is up to the challenge.
Release Date: May 4, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Three weeks after Disney drops it's biggest Marvel movie in years, it will bring out the next entry in their other major franchise, Star Wars. Solo: A Star Wars Story will be the first of the new generation of Star Wars films to see a summer release; this despite the film seeing significant delays due to the directors being replaced in the middle of filming. Nobody is quite sure what to expect from the new movie that stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young smuggler, but it's Star Wars so you can be sure it will be big.
Release Date: May 25, 2018
The Incredibles 2
Following on the success of Coco, Pixar will fall back on another familiar property and do what every other studio has done, make a sequel to a popular superhero movie. Of course, this is Pixar, so you can be sure that what we get will still be something special. The Incredibles was one of the best superhero movies ever made in the era before the MCU was a thing, and fans have certainly wanted to see a sequel to the superfamily drama. Indications are that Holly Hunter's Elastigirl will be taking center stage in the new film.
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Nobody knew quite what to expect when Ant-Man joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but what we got was a surprisingly fun, and funny, entry in the franchise. We know even less about how the sequel will work seeing as it's situated between the two Avengers films, but we know that Evangeline Lily will be donning her own costume as the Wasp and the movie will deal with an attempt to rescue Janet Van Dyne from the Quantum Realm.
Release Date: July 6, 2018
Disney's last live-action remake was Beauty and the Beast and it was the top movie at the box office for most of 2017. Christopher Robin isn't a remake so much as it is a sort of sequel that will see Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Christopher Robin who finds himself returning to the Hundred Acre Wood and reuniting with his old friends. Hayley Atwell co-stars in what may be Disney's most unique live-action follow-up to an animated film to date.
Release Date: August 3, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The Nutcracker is a story familiar to millions of people, but the first trailers for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms shows that, as to be expected, the Disney version of the story will be something a little different. While the ballet that most people are familiar with will certainly be represented, what we've seen of the film shows that it will have almost Narnia like elements, as Clara won't simply dream of another world, but cross over into it, and travel to places that the ballet only references.
Release Date: November 2, 2018
Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
To date, only The Rescuers has seen a direct theatrical sequel to the original effort that was actually produced by Disney's main animation studio, but that changes in November 2018 when Wreck-It Ralph gets a big screen follow-up. The new film will see Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz leave the video game world behind in order to take on the entire internet. While many details are still unclear, we do know the movie will see all of Disney's popular princesses make an appearance together, making this one a must view for Disney fans.
Release Date: November 21, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns
Of all the remakes and sequels, the single most daring thing Disney has on the horizon is likely Mary Poppins Returns. The film, which is being produced as a direct sequel to the 1960s original, has Emily Blunt take on the role of the practically perfect nanny which originally won Julie Andrews an Academy Award. While only time will tell if the sequel will be quite that good, it certainly looks like Mary Poppins Returns wants to be, as the cast includes the great Lin-Manuel Miranda and the film is directed by the Oscar-nominated director of Chicago.
Release Date: December 25, 2018
Of course, that's only what Disney has planned this year. Like most studios, Disney already has their film slate planned, in whole or in part, for years to come. Click over to see what's planned for 2019 and beyond.
Release Date: March 8, 2019
Release Date: March 29, 2019
Untitled Planes Sequel
Release Date: April 12, 2019
Release Date: May 3, 2019
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Toy Story 4
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (Sony Produced MCU movie)
Release Date: July 5, 2019
The Lion King
Release Date: July 19, 2019
Release Date: August 9, 2019
Release Date: November 8, 2019
Release Date: November 27, 2019
Star Wars: Episode IX
Release Date: December 20, 2019
Indiana Jones 5
Release Date: July 10, 2020
But wait, there's more! In addition to everything that Disney has publicly announced, they've also staked out several other release dates for movies that don't even have titles yet. We're guessing Disney has a pretty good idea what's going where, but we're still waiting for clarification.
Untitled Pixar Film
Release Date: March 13, 2020
Untitled Disney Live Action
Release Date: April 3, 2020
Untitled Marvel Movie
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Untitled Pixar Film
Release Date: June 19, 2020
Untitled Marvel Movie
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Untitled Marvel Movie
Release Date: November 6, 2020
Untitled Disney Live Action
Release Date: March 12, 2021
Untitled Disney Animation
Release Date: November 25, 2020
Untitled Pixar Animation
Release Date: June 18, 2021
Untitled Disney Animation
Release Date: November 24, 2021
Beauty and the Beast
Disney's first step out of the gate in 2017 was a very high profile picture. Beauty and the Beast is quite possibly Disney's most beloved animated feature. As such, hopes -- and fears -- were running high with the live action version. It was the first live-action adaptation from Disney to be a full musical and while many loved hearing those songs again, for many the remake only reminded people how great the original was.
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Born in China
While Disney built their reputation on animation, the studio has been making nature documentaries for almost as long. The latest of these, under the current Disneynature brand, was called Born in China. John Krasinski narrated this story of three animal families within the titular nation: giant pandas, golden monkeys, and snow leopards. While this film certainly didn't set the box office on fire, it was still as magical as anything Disney did in 2017.
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The Guardians of the Galaxy movie became one of Marvel's biggest hits. The less-than-serious tone appealed to fans, and had them laughing as much as cheering. While the team was largely an unknown quantity the first time around, they had a lot to live up to with the sequel. For the most part, they succeeded. The film was a box office hit with a surprisingly poignant and emotional story.
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The Pirates of the Caribbean movies started out great, and have been on a steady decline ever since. The newest entry, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was a clear attempt to go back to the basics that made the first film work. With a new villain in Javier Bardem and the return of some classic characters, the film tried to recapture the magic. While the movie was a critical and box office flop, internationally the action adventure film still made hundreds of millions of dollars, which means the potential for more in this series is still out there.
Release Date: May 26, 2017
Who'd have ever guessed that one of the most interesting films on the way from Pixar would be the third entry in the Cars franchise? A teaser trailer that promised the movie would open with a near-death experience from main character Lightning McQueen is the last thing we expected to see. Pixar promised a more grounded and emotional story than we saw in Cars 2. While we certainly got that, the third entry in the franchise didn't really do enough to wow critics or audiences.
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Spider-Man joined Marvel's cinematic universe in Captain America: Civil War. Now that he's back in the fold, Marvel is wasted no time in putting their new wall-crawler front and center - and fans embraced him with open arms. Technically Spider-Man: Homecoming was both marketed and distributed by Sony Pictures (part of the deal made a few years ago), but because of the Disney-owned Marvel Studios' involvement on the creative side, we're counting it here.
Release Date: July 7, 2017
Thor has never been the brightest star in the MCU. Having said that, there were a lot of eyes on Thor: Ragnarok. The addition of director Taika Waititi promised a significantly different tone than the previous films. We certainly got that. Ragnarok was a much funnier and more thrilling version of the Asgardian than we had seen before. The film outdid all of Thor's previous outings at the box office and set him up nicely for the coming Infinity War.
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Coco is Pixar's lone original story on its current slate, surrounded on all sides by sequels. The story followed a young boy named Miguel with a passion for music. That music opened a door to the land of the dead, and sent Miguel on a journey that reunited him with lost family members. Coco was everything that we expect from Pixar, a studio who knows how to make their stories resonate with audiences. It's too early to tell if this is one of Pixar's all-time great films, but it certainly made the argument.
Release Date: November 22, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Disney's 2017 ended in the same place that the previous couple years wrapped up, Star Wars. The middle episode of the current trilogy was helmed by Looper's Rian Johnson and while opinions on the film, on the whole, have been mixed, you can't argue that Johnson didn't get people talking. Some called The Last Jedi the best Star Wars movie ever, while others called it the worst. However you feel, it's clear that the franchise will never be the same again.
Release Date: December 15, 2017