'Cars 3' and 'Incredibles 2' Get Release Dates, 'Toy Story 4' Bumped a Year

‘Cars’ (2006)
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After getting lost on his way to race against The King (Richard Petty) and Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton), Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) stumbles upon a small town called Radiator Springs. While in town, Lightning McQueen becomes friends with the townspeople and when he needs to leave, the championship race becomes the last thing he wants to do. Five years later, Wilson was back as the voice of Lightning McQueen in Cars 2.

The announcement is part of a slew of changes and additions the Disney empire has made to its release calendar through 2020, including an 'Ant-Man' sequel and yet more live-action fairy tales.

In celebrating crossing $4 billion at the global box office, Disney has made a number of changes and additions to its release calendar, cementing its live-action fairy tale empire and setting the course for Marvel Studios, Pixar and Disney Animation Studios through 2020.

All told, the studio dated 14 new movies. Highlights include release dates for Cars 3 (June 16, 2017) and The Incredibles 2 (June 21, 2019), both from Pixar. In order to make room for the Cars threequel, Pixar's Toy Story 4 is being pushed back a year, from June 16, 2017, to June 15, 2018.

There's also big news in the Marvel Studios universe. Marvel and Disney announced they are moving ahead with sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will hit theaters July 6, 2018, the date previously reserved for Black Panther. Black Panther will now open earlier, on Feb. 16, 2018.

The Ant-Man sequel also means that Captain Marvel is being pushed back from Nov. 2, 2018, to March 8, 2019, only two months before Avengers: Infinity — Part II unfurls. And three untitled Marvel titles have been dated for 2020.

Disney also revealed that the Pixar film already dated for Nov. 22, 2017, is Coco, while the Disney Animation title set for March 6, 2018, is Gigantic.

Pointing to its prowess in the live-action fairy tale space, Disney, home studio of hits including Maleficent and Cinderella, set no fewer than four untitled films for release on Dec. 22, 2017; Nov. 2, 2018; March 29, 2019; and Nov. 8, 2019, respectively.

Dating an untitled film is known as a "placeholder," and has become common practice for studios. To that end, Disney set an untitled Disneytoon Studios movie for April 12, 2019, as well as an untitled Pixar film for March 13, 2020, another Pixar title for June 19, 2020, and an untitled Disney Animation Studios movie for Nov. 25, 2020.