Disney's Future is Sequel-Based, and Here's Everything They Have in the Works

#Disney's Future is Sequel-Based, and Here's Everything They Have in the Works

##The Walt Disney Company has faced five years of diminishing returns at the box office, with analysts estimating they lost over $1 billion in 2023 alone. Despite this, the company continues to greenlight new sequels, with upcoming projects including Inside Out 2, Deadpool & Wolverine, Moana 2, Mufasa: The Lion King, TRON: Ares, Zootopia 2, Frozen 3, and Toy Story 5.

##Inside Out 2 (June 14) ###Plot Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for new Emotions, including Anxiety.

###Voice Cast It stars Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Diane Lane, and Kyle MacLachlan, with new actors Tony Hale, Liza Lapira, Maya Hawke, Ayo Edebiri, Adele Exarchopoulos, Paul Walter Hauser, and Kensington Tallman joining the cast.

##Deadpool & Wolverine (July 26) ###Plot Wolverine is recovering from his injuries when he crosses paths with Deadpool. They team up to defeat a common enemy.

###Voice Cast It stars Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Emma Corrin, Matthew Macfadyen, Morena Baccarin, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, Aaron Stanford, and Jennifer Garner. It is directed by Shawn Levy.

##Moana 2 (November 27) ###Plot After receiving an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, Moana journeys to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she has ever faced.

###Voice Cast It stars Auli'i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson. It is written and directed by David G. Derrick Jr.

##Mufasa: The Lion King (December 20) ###Plot Rafiki recounts the legend of Mufasa in a prequel story directed by Barry Jenkins from a script by Jeff Nathanson. It stars Aaron Pierre, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Tiffany Boone, Mads Mikkelsen, Thandiwe Newton, Lennie James, Blue Ivy Carter, and Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Kani, and Beyoncè Knowles-Carter.

##TRON: Ares (October 10, 2025) ###Plot Ares, a highly sophisticated Program, is sent from the digital world into the real world on a dangerous mission, marking humankind's first encounter with AI beings. It is directed by Joachim Rønning and stars Jared Leto, Greta Lee, Evan Peters, Hasan Minhaj, Jodie Turner-Smith, Arturo Castro, Cameron Monaghan, Gillian Anderson, and Sarah Desjardins.

##Zootopia 2 (November 26, 2025) ###Plot Disney has not yet released a synopsis for Zootopia 2, but Ginnifer Goodwin has stated that she would like to see Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps in new roles. It is directed by Jared Bush and Josie Trinidad from a script by Bush.

##Frozen 3 (2026) ###Plot Disney has not yet released a synopsis for Frozen 3, but Idina Menzel stated that she does not know anything about the plot.

##Toy Story 5 (June 19, 2026) ###Plot Disney has not yet released a synopsis for Toy Story 5, but Pete Docter and Bob Iger have both stated that Woody and Buzz Lightyear will both return.

#Conclusion With Disney's upcoming slate of sequels, the company is clearly hoping to rebound from its recent string of box office disappointments. Whether these sequels will deliver the desired results remains to be seen.

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