Last weekend, Disney held the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California (such events are held every six months), where they showed many trailers, teasers and short scenes from upcoming films and TV shows in 2022-2023. Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios and 20th Century Studios focused on Disney Plus streaming movies and TV shows, as well as new entries in the Star Wars and Marvel franchises. Gathered together all the announcements and trailers from the two-hour event.
Unfortunately, previews of some of the most anticipated premieres were only shown to attendees who had a ticket and were physically present at the event. That means everyone else will have to wait a bit for the first footage from movies like Ironheart, Indiana Jones 5 or Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania. At the same time, Disney immediately published online a lot of trailers and teasers for future films and series.
The series “Willow» / Willow
A direct sequel to the 1988 film of the same name, which was originally intended to be the first of four planned installments. The original script was written by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind). In the center of the plot is the wizard Willow from the undersized people of the Nelvins. Few believe in him, but he had an important mission of saving the world from an evil witch. The hero will be helped by a teenage girl, a goat turned into a sorceress, a swordsman, two brownies (British brownies) and a princess. The show takes place 20 years after the original film.
At first glance, “Willow” looks like an epic fantasy like the sensational “House of the Dragon” and “The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power” and, apparently, the Disney series will differ from the sensational shows of HBO and Amazon primarily in humor. Premieres November 30th on Disney+.
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The series “Andor” / Star Wars: Andor
Prequel to Rogue One (2016). The series will tell the backstory of Kasian Andorr, one of the members of the Rogue One squad, who obtained the blueprints for the Death Star. Diego Luna will return as Captain Cassian Endor. Also in Andorra, Stellan Yun Skashgard, Genevieve O’Reilly (she returned to the image of Mon Mothma) and Adria Arjona played. Premieres September 21 on Disney+.
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi
Collection of animated shorts about Ahsoka, Dooka and Qui-Gon Jinn. The plot will tell the background of all three characters, and the events will unfold before Palpatine comes to power. There will be a total of six episodes: three of them will tell about Ahsoka Tano, the rest about Count Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn. The anthology will launch on Disney+ on October 26.
The third season of The Mandalorian / The Mandalorian
The third season of The Mandalorian will premiere in February 2023, two years after the second season aired. In the sequel, Mando will finally travel to Mandalore, the home planet of the Mandalorians. Rick Famuyiva replaced Jon Favreau as the show’s executive producer. The first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated sequel features the reunion of Mando and Baby Yoda Grog, as well as plenty of action scenes featuring other Mandalorians. Carl Weathers and Katee Sackhoff as Grif Karga and Bo Katan Kryze return to their roles for the third season.
The series “Secret Invasion” / Secret Invasion
A new Marvel series about an alien race of Skrulls that can turn into both living organisms and inanimate objects. The series will release in 2023 on Disney+ and will mark the return of Samuel L. Jackson to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Nick Fury. This is a loose adaptation of a major Marvel comics crossover. In addition to Nick Fury, many other familiar characters and actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe will return to Secret Invasion – Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) and James “Rowdy” Rhodes (Don Cheadle). Also in the trailer is Olivia Colman. The six-episode miniseries is scheduled to premiere in 2023.
The series “Armored Wars” / Armor Wars
By the way, speaking of Don Cheadle. Disney has finally confirmed that his character, Colonel Rhodey, will be getting his own series, which has been rumored for a long time. It’s called Armor Wars and will be released on Disney+. Its filming will start next year, so the premiere will take place not earlier than the end of 2023, but rather already in 2024.
Werewolf by Night
Black-and-white special about a werewolf – the main role of Jack Russell will be played by Mexican Gael Garcia Bernal. It will be an adaptation in the old Hollywood horror style and will be directed by Michael Giacchino (composer of Spider-Man films with Tom Holland, as well as Disney and Pixar cartoons. The trailer also introduces Leshy (Man-Thing) for the first time, although the character himself appears in the video just for a moment.
“She-Hulk: Lawyer” / She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
Marvel has also unveiled a new trailer for the Jackdaw Woman series, which subtly hints at how the story will unfold. New episodes of She-Hulk air on Disney+ every Thursday.
“Thunderbolts” / Thunderbolts
The Thunderbolts team was introduced to the show for the first time. The Marvel Suicide Squad includes Elena Belova, Taskmaster and the Red Guardian from Black Widow, Ghost from Ant-Man and the Wasp, US Agent and Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Bucky himself Barnes. Filming for the adaptation will begin next year.
Confirmed lineup for #Thunderbolts
Sebastian Stan – Bucky
Julia Louis-Dreyfus — Valentina pic.twitter.com/WUL4Rb5pCH
— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) September 10, 2022
“Fantastic Four” / (Fantastic Four)
The premiere of the new Fantastic Four is scheduled for November 8, 2024. Matt Shakman, who previously directed Marvel’s WandaVision and episodes in The Boys, Game of Thrones and Mad Men, is set to direct. Details about the cast are still unknown. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has promised to reveal more at D23 next year.
Just announced at #D23Expo, Matt Shakman to direct Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four. In theaters November 8, 2024. pic.twitter.com/cXlATT1c9O
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) September 10, 2022
Captain America: New World Order / Captain America: New World Order
In the fourth film of the Captain America series, which is expected in 2024, the Leader will become the main villain. He will be played again by Tim Blake Nelson, who made his debut as the Leader in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. At the same time, Nelson won’t be the only actor to return to his role in the fourth Captain America film – Carl Lumbly will reprise his role as Isaiah Bradley from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Danny Ramirez will return as Joaquin Torres, who intended to be the new Falcon in Disney+ series.
Captain America 4 is led by Malcolm Spellman, showrunner and head writer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Dalan Masson, who also worked on the Disney+ series.
The film “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” / Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Marvel behind closed doors has revealed exclusive new footage of the upcoming sequel to the original 2018 film. Director Ryan Coogler has confirmed that it is still in post-production. Most likely, the plot of the sequel will focus on how the rest of the world will try to get the resources of Wakanda while its people are recovering from a heavy loss. The sequel will be a kind of tribute to the memory of Chadwick Boseman – the performer of the role of King T’Challa in the MCU. The actor died in 2020 from cancer at the age of 43.
The series “Ironheart” / Ironheart
The event showed a new logo and the first shots of the series “Ironheart”. He will talk about a brilliant young inventor who is the successor to Iron Man. The character debuted in the Black Panther sequel. The Disney+ series will be executive produced by Ryan Coogler, who intends to delve into the battle between technology and magic. Anthony Ramos has also been confirmed to play the supervillain The Hood. The teaser has not yet been posted online.
“Echo” / Echo
Upcoming series for Disney+. Filming on the series has already wrapped and Vincent D’Onofrio will return to play the Kingpin. True, his eye will be covered with a bandage, probably the aftermath of his confrontation with Maya Lopez in last year’s Hawkeye.
The second season of the series “Loki» / Loki
The Marvel superhero series about the god of cunning and deceit Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston, will return to Disney+ in 2023 after a two-year hiatus. Everywhere, All At Once star Jonathan Ke Kwan has been confirmed to appear in Season 2 as a Temporal Change Control agent.
Garrison Ford and Jonathan Ke Kwan backstage at D23 Expo
The Marvel movie / The Marvels
Iman Vellani, Brie Larson and Tayona Parris showed footage of the upcoming film The Marvels, which will also return the beloved cat Goose, which is actually an alien fleurken. The teaser was shown only for visitors to the presentation behind closed doors and is not yet publicly available.
The series “Daredevil: Born Again” / Daredevil: Born Again
Daredevil visited towards the very end of the event to tease viewers with a return to Disney+ – the miniseries Daredevil: Born Again is expected in 2024.
New logo for ‘DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN’. #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/4YL90KpbrY
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) September 10, 2022
20th Century Studio Previews – Avatar: The Path of Water, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, and National Treasure: At the Edge of History
As part of the presentation by 20th Century Studio, a 3D segment of Avatar: The Way of the Water was shown, a sequel to the underwater world of Pandora that will be released 13 years after the release of the original film. Also, director James Cameron showed a new concept art from The Way of Water, which should be released in Ukrainian cinemas on December 15, and confirmed the start of filming for the fourth film in the series.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians teaser trailer
The upcoming Disney+ series will follow a dyslexic 12-year-old named Percy Jackson who unexpectedly discovers that he is a “half-breed” and the son of the Greek god Poseidon. Apparently, this will be a separate adaptation, not related to any of the previous adaptations of the works of Rick Riordan.
Trailer for National Treasure: Edge Of History
Another new series for Disney + – based on the eponymous dulogy of films with Nicolas Cage from the mid-to-late 2000s. The performer of the role of computer genius Riley Poole in the original dilogy will return to his image. Premiere – 14 December.