Yesterday at D23 Expo, while we were unable to attend, we did follow the long list of news and announcements from the day’s panels.
The star panel of the day was ‘Go Behind the Scenes with The Walt Disney Studios,’ where we got a look at the upcoming films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. There was A LOT of news and information shared, so here are some of the highlights:
The Rise of Skywalker
For this third installment of the new trilogy, we got a new poster, featuring Rey and Kylo battling in front of an eerie face – the face of Emperor Palpatine. One might recall that in the first teaser trailer for this film, we heard the emperor’s haunting cackle at the end. This presentation also provided a new clip with Rey, seen wielding a red duo-lightsaber and wearing black – is she going to the dark side? The cast, minus Adam Driver, were there and brought copies of the new poster for everyone in the crowd.
This is an upcoming Pixar film, featuring the voices of Tom Holland and Christ Pratt in the lead roles. We got a few clips showing the story of Elf brothers who receive a special gift from their late father. This new footage from the film revealed this story’s focus on a world where magic once thrived and these brothers’ quest to bring that magic back into the fold. A new poster was also revealed and gifted to the audience. This presentation meant the first public appearance of Tom Holland since news of Sony/Disney deal trouble, putting his future in the MCU as Spiderman in doubt (Tom will still play the character, they just may to have to write story lines without MCU connections going forward). Tom was touched by the cheers in the crowd, telling everyone, “I love you 3000,” quoting the iconic line from Avengers: End Game. He went on to acknowledge the tough and dramatic situation but stayed hopeful for the future of Spider-Man.
Another new Pixar film, this one is set for release in June 2020. Starring Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, as well as Daveed Diggs of Hamilton fame, this film will tell the story of You Seminar, where souls learn their passions before graduating and entering a newborn child.
Another highly anticipated sequel, the cast was present, as well as some new faces. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff – Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff respectively – will be joined by a flash-back of Anna and Elsa’s mother, Queen Iduna played by Rachel Evan Wood and a new character, Lieutenant Matthias, played by Sterling K. Brown. The clips shown revealed one of the new songs, potentially called ‘Into the Unknown,’ sung by Idina Menzel, who made ‘Let It Go’ such a hit from the first film. The show closed with a live performance of a new song, “Some Things Never Change,” and a new poster was revealed and gifted to the audience.
This is one of the next movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The big news out of this presentation was that Kit Harrington was confirmed to be a part of this already large, star studded cast. Almost the entire cast was there, and we got to see their superhero looks. The film will also feature Richard Madden (a reuniting of the ‘brothers’ from Game of Thrones along with Kit Harrington), Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh, Don Lee and Gemma Chan.
For this anticipated MCU film featuring a beloved member of the Avengers, the crowd got a special behind the scenes video from Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, and Florence Pugh that included recorded video from set, followed by a clip, although sources say this is the same clip as what was shown at the year’s Comic Con. The scene featured a fight between Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) and Elena (Florence Pugh), and also revealed Black Widow’s new white suit.
Black Panther 2
A release date of May 6, 2022 was announced for this highly anticipated sequel. At this point no title has been announced, but we know that the same director, Ryan Coogler, will be back for this anticipated continuation of the successful Black Panther series. (WAKANDA FOREVER!)
Dwyane Johnson and Emily Stone arrived to share news of this film, slated for release in July 2020. Dwayne sailed through the crowd on a boat, while Emily drove up in a car with themed license plate. They presented two trailers: one from each of their character’s point of view. There were also many references to the classic Disneyland ride, including back side of water jokes.
The presentation revealed five minutes of footage, including getting to see the new Phoenix that will replace Mushu from the animated film, and a training montage that, while not a musical number, did feature the ever so popular “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” playing in the background.
This presentation revealed a new look at the iconic villain. A new photo of Emma Stone, in title role, was revealed and she was looking fierce (and oddly like Helena Bonham Carter…).
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Angelina Jolie and other cast members made an appearance to share more about this sequel, in theaters on October 18, 2019.
Raya and the Last Dragon
This was revealed to be the next Disney animated feature. Raya and the Last Dragon will star Awkwafina (Nora Lum) as Susi the Dragon and Cassie Steele as Raya. The story is inspired by South East Asia and, based on the art, looks lovely.
So much was revealed and this was only the second day of the expo! While we missed out on seeing these announcements live, we had a wonderful day at the parks and followed along with the breaking news on Twitter. Today marks the final day 3 of D23 Expo 2019! We will be attending this final day and sharing the latest news from the highly anticipated, “Sneak Peak! Disney Parks, Experiences and Products” presentation. This panel is rumored to bring a slew of news about changes coming to the parks, especially anticipated changes to Walt Disney World. We will share everything we can about what we learn and see over on our Twitter, Instagram and later here. Follow along!
As we mentioned, since we were not at D23 yesterday, we spent the day in Disneyland and were able to see the Main Street Electrical Parade during this limited return. In exchange for photos from the Expo, here are some photos of our day in the park!