Marvel, Star Wars Films & Disney+ Series Take D23 Spotlight
Aug 26, 2019
Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm used the occasion of the 2019 D23 Expo — the convention of the Official Disney Fan Club — to fuel audience excitement for a variety of upcoming projects!
Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off with Black Widow, opening in U.S. theaters on May 1, 2020 with Scarlett Johansson, reprising her role of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, David Harbour as Alexei the Red Guardian, and Florence Pugh as Yelena. A new poster for the movie was also unveiled.
Marvel Studios’ The Eternals
“We’ve pulled back the cosmic curtain on the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe] in ways you can’t imagine,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said. The big news coming out of the project: Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) has joined the cast as non-Eternal Dane Whitman, Gemma Chan will play humankind-loving Sersi and Barry Keoghan will portray the aloof loner Druig.
Richard Madden portrays the all-powerful Ikaris; Kumail Nanjiani plays cosmic-powered Kingo; Lauren Ridloff portrays the super-fast Makkari, the first deaf hero in the MCU; Brian Tyree Henry plays the intelligent inventor Phastos; Salma Hayek plays the wise and spiritual leader Ajak; Lia McHugh portrays the eternally young, old-soul Sprite; Don Lee plays the powerful Gilgamesh; and Angelina Jolie stars as the fierce warrior Thena. Feige revealed concept art images of each character. The Eternals opens in U.S. theaters on November 6, 2020.
Black Panther 2 (working title)
A release date was announced for the sequel to the 2018 blockbuster: May 6, 2022.
Audiences were primed for details of the MCU series preparing to debut on Disney's new streaming service, which goes live in November.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Launching in 2020)
Following the events of Marvel Studios’ Avenger: Endgame, Falcon and the Winter Soldier (played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, respectively, team up, with Emily VanCamp reprising her role as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell portraying John Walker—a Marvel Comics character—for the first time on screen.
WandaVision (Premiering in 2021)
As Vision and Wanda Maximoff, Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen play two super-powered beings trying to live ideal suburban lives… until they begin to suspect that things are not as they seem. Kat Dennings and Randall Park will reprise their roles from Thor and Ant-Man and The Wasp, and they’ll be joined by Kathryn Hahn (who will play a new character in the series, described as a nosy neighbor in the grand sitcom tradition).
The events of the series will tie into those of the second Doctor Strange film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, billed as the MCU’s first truly scary film and set to open in May 2021.
Three new Disney+ series were announced during the show: She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight.
Loki (Debuting in 2021)
Tom Hiddleston returns to play the fan-favorite villain Loki in a series set after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
What If…? (Premiering in 2021)
The animated series from Marvel Studios’ focuses on different heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and imagines what happens if the events in the films had different outcomes. Hayley Atwell will voice Peggy Carter in the debut episode, in which Agent Carter gains Super-soldier powers.
Also on the horizon: Marvel Zombies.
Hawkeye (Fall 2021)
Jeremy Renner returns as the Avengers archer for the series, which will also introduce Kate Bishop, the second hero to use the Hawkeye name.
The Disney Channel
The Disney Channel will see a new Marvel Comics-based animated series: Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, which numbers blackish star Lawrence Fishburne among its executive producers.
"As an avid comic book fan, I am thrilled to be involved with Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” Fishburne said in a statement. “Disney Channel is the perfect platform to explore this pint-sized female African American superhero and I can't wait for their audience to enjoy the lighthearted adventures of Lunella and Devil Dinosaur.”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy welcomed director/writer/producer J.J. Abrams to the Hall D23 stage to celebrate the end of a saga that began 40 years ago. They were joined by nine stars from the film—returning cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, and Billy Dee Williams, and newcomers to the galaxy far, far away, Naomi Ackie and Keri Russell. A brand-new poster and trailer were revealed for the audience. The film opens in U.S. theaters on December 20, 2019.
As Lucasfilm ventures into Star Wars episodic live action for the first time in history, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told Disney fans, “It’s both exhilarating and liberating to be able to tell stories that expand beyond two hours, and the quality of our episodic series for Disney+ will be identical to our feature films.” Brand-new Disney Legend Jon Favreau and his fellow executive producer Dave Filoni were joined by series stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito—as well as Taika Waititi, who brings the droid IG-11 to life—to premiere the teaser trailer for the first-ever Star Wars live-action series, The Mandalorian. Additionally, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ming-Na Wen will join the cast of the series. Set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, the series follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. A new trailer accompanied the presentation.
Obi-wan Kenobi Series (Untitled)
After much speculation and anticipation, Lucasfilm confirmed that a live-action series starring the Jedi Master is in development and will star Ewan McGregor.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Premiering in February 2020)
The Emmy® award-winning animated series will return with 12 all-new episodes and will mark the return of classic characters Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and fan-favorites Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex.
A Second Lucasfilm Live-Action Series
Diego Luna (Cassian Andor) and Alan Tudyk (K-2SO) will reprise their roles from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the series, currently in development, that follows Andor’s adventures as a rebel spy during the formative years of the Rebellion, before the events of A New Hope.