Disney announces release dates for new Star Wars, Avatar and Marvel movies

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Disney announced its updated movie release calendar today, and in it revealed that after Episode IX there are at least three new Star Wars movies on the way.

The first new Star Wars movie releases on December 16, 2022, followed by the second on December 20, 2024, and a third on December 18, 2026. December 22, 2023 will see Avatar 3, with Avatar 4 on December 19, 2025, and Avatar 5 on December 17, 2027.

It also will have a trio of Marvel films, though two are still untitled. After that, the studio will release three films in 2021 and three in 2022.

For the first time since the movies returned in 2015, there will be a three year gap between Star Wars films. Personally, I'm super stoked for Marvel's Old Captain America and the Sea, a gritty, superhero take on a Hemingway classic.

It's now unclear if these films are the previously announced trilogies from "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson or David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of HBO's "Game of Thrones".

For those of you who don't know, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" will get released December 2019.

The big question hanging over the series is whether writer-director James Cameron can rekindle excitement surrounding Avatar's Pandora world and its Na'vi people over the next two to eight years.

More after this: The Skywalker Star Wars saga is winding down.

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows the characters Neytiri, right, and Jake in a scene from the 2009 movie "Avatar".

"With a strong summer already in place, we are eager to carry that momentum forward over the coming years thanks to a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world-class studios", Cathleen Taft, head of distribution for Disney, said in a statement.

Are you excited for more Star Wars films?

Let's hope the new films meet my high expectations.

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