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Disney’s D23 Expo 2022: Big Announcements from Marvel, Lucasfilm, Disney+, And More

Disney has announced a bunch of upcoming live-action films, animated films, series, and games at the three-day event (September 9-11), which will continue over the weekend. Here are the big announcements.

Disney’s movie and television studios including Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Studios, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, 20th Century Studios, and Disney Branded Television made the fans rejoice by revealing plenty of news at the D23 Expo, which ran on September 9-11 at the Disneyland Anaheim Convention Center. The event also celebrates Disney’s 100th anniversary. 

Among the major highlights of the night included Indiana Jones 5 to Disenchanted, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to The Little Mermaid, Willow remake, and Disney Animation’s ambitious next project Wish.

Check all the Movie & TV news we learned below.

Disney’s D23 Expo 2022: Big Announcements from Marvel, Lucasfilm, Disney+, And More

Marvel 

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: The crowd saw new footage from the threequel starring Paul Rudd, Kathryn Newton, Evangeline Lilly, and Jonathan Majors. It opens on February 23 in theaters.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: The crowd was thrilled watching the footage from the MCU sequel starring Angela Bassett as Ramonda. It opens on November 11 in theaters.

Captain America: New World Order: Shira Haas and Tim Blake Nelson have joined the cast of the sequel starring Anthony Mackie. It arrives in theaters on May 3, 2024.

Fantastic Four: Kevin Feige confirmed that Matt Shakman will be directing the reboot pic that hits theaters on November 8, 2024.

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Thunderbolts: Several castings were announced for the Jake Schreier-directed film will close out Phase 5 of the MCU on July 26, 2024. They include David Harbour, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Wyatt Russell, Florence Pugh, Sebastian Stan, Hannah John-Kamen, and Olga Kurylenko.2024.

They include David Harbour, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Wyatt Russell, Florence Pugh, Sebastian Stan, Hannah John-Kamen, and Olga Kurylenko.

Lucasfilm

Indiana Jones 5: A trailer was shown to the crowd for the fifth installment of the lucrative, 41-year-old franchise. Star Harrison Ford addressed the room and also revealed that this will be his last time playing America’s favorite archeologist. “I’m done,” he said. “I will not fall down for you again.”

Willow: A new trailer for the reimagining of the 1988 fantasy classic was shown, and Christian Slater was revealed as a cast member.

He joins an ensemble that includes Warwick Davis, Joanne Whalley, Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Ellie Bamber, Dempsey Bryk, Amar Chadha-Patel, and Tony Revolori. 

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20th Century 

Avatar: The Way of Water: The crowd was treated to a load of footage from James Cameron’s long-in-the-works sequel to one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

Disney Live-Action

Mufasa: The Lion King: The prequel’s title was announced and a sneak peek was shown in the room. It will be released in 2024.

The Little Mermaid: New teaser trailer unveiled. The release date is summer 2023.

Disney+

Hocus Pocus 2: New trailer revealed for a sequel that premieres exclusively on Disney+ beginning September 30.

Disenchanted: First trailer for the sequel that premieres exclusively on Disney+ beginning November 24.

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Peter Pan & Wendy: will be released on Disney+ in 2023.

Elemental: Lead actors revealed and the release date for the Pixar film on June 16.

Elio: New Pixar feature film about 11-year-old dreamer Elio (Yonas Kibreab) will also feature America Ferrera. Adrian Molina is the director and Mary Alice Drumm is the producer.

The plot: Elio is artistic, creative and an avid INdoorsman who finds it hard to fit in. Meanwhile, Mom Olga, who runs a top-secret military project, is working to decode a strange signal from outer space.

But it’s Elio who makes contact, gets beamed into space, and is subsequently mistaken for an intergalactic Ambassador for Earth. It will be released in the spring of 2024.

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Inside Out 2: Pixar sequel confirmed with Amy Poehler returning. Summer 2024 release slated.

Strange World: New trailer released for Disney Animation feature film. Opens in theaters on November 23.

Wish: Walt Disney Animation Studio’s next original feature film is revealed, for fall 2023 release. Directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn outlined the story, which is set in Rosas, the kingdom of wishes where wishes can literally come true. It centers on 17-year-old Asha (Ariana DeBose) who makes an impassioned plea to the stars, which is answered by a cosmic force, a little ball of boundless energy called Star.

Together, they face the most formidable of foes to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

Alan Tudyk will voice a goat named Valentino. Julia Michaels is writing all of the songs. The film is written by Jennifer Lee; Peter Del Vecho produces and Juan Pablo Reyes co-produces.

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Disney Channel

Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: First trailer unveiled for the Disney Television Animation series, which revealed it added Alison Brie to the guest voice cast. Debuts February 10 and later on Disney+.

Under Wraps 2: Sequel from Disney Branded Television and MarVista Entertainment premieres on September 25 (streams on Disney+ on September 30).

Disney JuniorStar Wars: Young Jedi Adventures: Jamaal Avery Jr. and Emma Berman have joined the cast of the animated series from Lucasfilm that will premiere in 2023.

Written By

Harjyot Sandhu is an Entertainment & Arts Intern at Empire Weekly. She was born and raised in Mumbai, and recently graduated with Bachelor's degree in Mass Media & Communications. She is an avid geek when it comes to contemporary media and her core interests lie within the entertainment and fitness industry. Harjyot enjoys the ever-changing pace of the world & human evolution.

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