‘Avatar’ Delay Pushes Disney Film Schedule – and Can Make or Break Bob Iger’s Legacy | Analysis

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Bob Iger, CEO, Walt Disney Company, attends the U.S. Premiere of 20th Century Studios' "Avatar: The Way of Water" at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Dec. 12, 2022. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for 20th Century Studios)

The Walt Disney Company dropped a deluge of new release dates on Tuesday, including two “Star Wars” movies in a single year, along with a bunch of Marvel delays, a big delay for the “Avatar” saga and a firm slot for that live-action “Moana” movie. Save for the in-production “Deadpool 3,” which actually moved up to May 2024, this means fans will have to wait a little longer for most of their favorite Disney IP expansions. And it all started with one move.

“A delay with ‘Avatar 3’ caused a domino effect that shifted much of Disney’s future theatrical slate,” an industry insider told TheWrap.