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The Hollywood Insider Upcoming Sequels From Walt Disney Studios 2024

It’s no secret that sequel films typically send people running to movie theater seats. They’re a safe bet for a studio like Walt Disney — if audiences loved an original film, they’re sure to enjoy a new adventure with the same charismatic characters and the addition of some new ones (preferably one that can be turned into profitable theme park plushies). For better or worse, Disney has boarded the sequel train and doesn’t seem to be hopping off anytime soon. For the next solid three years, the studio has multiple sequel projects slated to drop — ranging anywhere between the second and fifth film of a franchise. While it can be nice to revisit fan-favorite universes like ‘Avatar’ and ‘Toy Story,’ there’s also a major demand for Disney to return to their original storytelling roots. Walt Disney himself was incredibly opposed to sequels, saying he always had to “move on to new things.”

Mr. Disney’s feelings aside, there are undeniably positives for studios to release sequel films. In many cases, there is truly more story left to be told. Imagine if ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ ended without offering full resolutions for the characters. There’s not as much evidence on the animated side, with laughable sequels like ‘Mulan II,’ ‘Aladdin and the King of Thieves’ and ‘The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride’ not offering any compelling storytelling or visuals. After those films and many more failed to live up to their classic predecessors, it’s almost shocking that Disney is still attempting sequel films. Here’s what Walt Disney Studios release slate for sequels looks like for the next three years (subject to change). 

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‘Inside Out 2’ – June 14, 2024 

‘Inside Out’ is a prime example of a story with more wiggle room for continuation. In ‘Inside Out 2,’ Riley is no longer the young girl audiences saw in the first film, but one who’s reached the dreaded teenage years. As she goes through changes in her life, new emotions like Anxiety (Maya Hawke), Envy (Ayo Edebiri), Ennui (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and Embarrassment (Paul Walter Hauser) show themselves and threaten to take over the Headquarters in her mind, typically run by Joy (Amy Poehler). The rest of the story is being held fairly under wraps, but the trailer and foundation seem strong for ‘Inside Out 2’ to be a promising sequel. 

‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ – July 26, 2024

On the Marvel side of Walt Disney Studios, the third installment of the ‘Deadpool’ series comes out this July, starring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman as Deadpool and Wolverine. Inserting Deadpool into the MCU will surely be a wild ride, since he can now make references to the Avengers, Spider-Man and other characters that weren’t a part of his canon before. The only true plot details that have been released through the trailer are that Deadpool recruits Wolverine to help him fight a common enemy, even though the two couldn’t be further opposites. If anything, ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ will be an entertaining action-fest for fans of the characters.

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‘Moana 2’ – Nov. 27, 2024

Last February, Disney shocked fans by announcing a ‘Moana’ sequel that was set to release this year. The film will be set three years after Moana’s (Auli’i Cravalho) first voyage away from home, and she’ll be once again joined by her demigod companion, Maui (Dwayne Johnson). The only plot description so far from Disney is that the duo will “journey to the far seas of Oceania into dangerous, long-lost waters” in a brand new adventure. Songwriting duo of ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ Abigail Barlowe and Emily Bear are lined up to replace Lin Manuel-Miranda for the music.

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‘Captain America: Brave New World’ – Feb. 14, 2024

Sam Wilson fans rejoice, audiences will get to see him wield the shield in ‘Captain America: Brave New World.’ Harrison Ford is taking over the late William Hurt’s role as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, who is now President of the United States. In March, Anthony Mackie confirmed that Sebastian Stan would not be reprising his role as Bucky Barnes in the film, much to many fans’ dismay. There have been no trailers or plot details released to the public at this time. 

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‘Tron: Ares’ – 2025

14 years after ‘Tron: Legacy’ and 42 years after the original ‘Tron’ film, audiences will get to travel back to the Grid once more in ‘Tron: Ares.’ The project remained in limbo until it was officially announced by Disney earlier this year. Jared Leto, Evan Peters, Greta Lee and Jodie Turner-Smith have been announced as the leading cast members of ‘Ares,’ although their roles are mainly undisclosed. A first look at the film will likely be released in August at Disney’s D23 convention.

‘Zootopia 2’ – 2025

Disney confirmed in February that almost a decade after the first film’s release, ‘Zootopia 2’ is in production. Judy Hopps voice actor Ginnifer Goodwin seemingly announced her return in an Instagram post, but no other cast members have been released yet. It’s expected that Jason Bateman will return as the clever fox Nick Wilde, and possibly Idris Elba as Chief Bogo. ‘Zootopia’ ended with Nick graduating from the police academy and becoming Judy’s official partner, so there are many directions to go story-wise with that ending.

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‘Avatar 3’ – 2025

‘Avatar 3’ is coming along at a much quicker pace than its predecessor, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ which released 13 years after the original. James Cameron will return to direct, and announced the film is already past the post-production phase, and Quaritch actor Stephen Lang posted a BTS photo from reshoots on Instagram back in January. ‘Avatar 3’ will introduce a Na’vi fire tribe, and likely produce new threats to the safety of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and his family. 

‘Toy Story 5’ – 2026

Even though ‘Toy Story 4’ seemingly served up closure for Andy’s toys, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a new ‘Toy Story’ film will hit theaters in 2026. Tim Allen confirmed on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ that the sequel was happening, and that Iger reached out to both Allen and Tom Hanks about reprising their roles as Buzz Lightyear and Woody, respectively. 

‘Frozen III’ – 2026

Both ‘Frozen’ films are in the top five highest grossing animated films of all time, so it’s no surprise that Disney wants to test its luck with a third. ‘Frozen III’ appears to be currently in the early stages of development, but it’s unexpected that anything major will come out about the film before the D23 convention.

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