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Disney fans flocked to California last weekend to check out D23 Expo 2022, the first D23 convention since 2019 -- the year the Disney Plusstreaming service launched. The event also marked the company's 100th anniversary (which is next year, but it's hard to blame Disney for getting its centennial celebrations started early).
Beyond the animated classics that Disney was built on, the company owns Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Avatar, Pixar and other beloved franchises, so we got plenty of updates about upcoming movies, shows, video games and theme park rides set in those universes.
CNET reported live from the convention show floor, capturing all the hype of panel reveals and reunions, so let's look at the big news.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania kicks off Phase 5 of the MCU on Feb. 17, 2023, and an exclusive look at the movie showed Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne working with her parents Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, along with Scott's daughter Cassie Lang, to explore the Quantum Realm. We saw new MCU big bad Kang holding Cassie hostage and trying to force Scott to steal something for him. Also, Bill Murray's character appeared briefly.
Captain America: New World Order will see Tim Blake Nelson -- last seen in 2008's Incredible Hulk -- return as the Leader and presumably face off against Sam Wilson. Joaquin Torres and Isaiah Bradley from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be back as well, and Israeli superhero/Mossad agent Sabra will make her MCU debut (played by Shira Haas). The movie comes out May 3, 2024.
Secret Invasion got its first trailer, revealing a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years. Nick Fury and Jim Rhodes have to do something about it when the series hits Disney Plus in 2023.
Armor Wars will pick up where Secret Invasion left off with Rhodey getting a bunch of new War Machine-style suits of armor. The six-part Disney Plus series starts shooting next year.
Daredevil: Born Again is getting 18 episodes on Disney Plus. It starts shooting next year, so there's no trailer yet. Instead, fans got an exclusive look at Daredevil's appearance in an upcoming episode of She-Hulk, which is currently airing on Disney's streaming service.
On the Star Wars front, fans were probably most thrilled by the reveal of a new trailer for The Mandalorian season 3. Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, adorables all over the trailer, but things look tough for his dad, as Mando is grimly informed that because he took off his helmet, "you are a Mandalorian no more." Sure, whatever, but we bet they're not changing the name of the show when it comes back to Disney Plus next year.
Andor got its final trailer ahead of its three-episode premiere on Disney Plus on Sept. 21. Diego Luna plays Cassian Andor as he's recruited into the rebellion against the Empire, in a show that takes place five years before the events of Rogue One.
Ahsoka, the upcoming live-action series starring Rosario Dawson as former Jedi Ahsoka Tano, had some imagery revealed. It hinted at the show's links to CGI animated series Rebels. It'll come to Disney Plus in 2023.
Indiana Jones 5 star Harrison Ford gave an emotional speech about the new movie, and gave D23 attendees an exclusive look at the first trailer that showcased the return of John Rhys-Davies as Sallah and the reveal of Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Jones' goddaughter, Helena. It hits theaters June 30, 2023.
Disney Plus short series Zootopia Plus will consist of six new stories set in the world of 2016 movie Zootopia. These will come out Nov. 9.
We got a look at animated series Iwájú, which will explore "a futuristic version of Lagos, Nigeria" when it hits Disney Plus in 2023.
We got another look at Strange World, an animated movie that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and comes to theaters Nov. 23.
Also announced was the animated musical movie Wish, which explores the concept of wishing upon a star and is set to come out Nov. 22, 2023. It'll star West Side Story's Ariana DeBose and Rogue One's Alan Tudyk.
The highlight of the show's final day was the theme park-centric A Boundless Future: Disney Parks, Experiences and Products presentation. It revealed plans for US parks like California's Disneyland and Florida's Disney World, along with international locations Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort:
Amy Poehler made an appearance to announce Inside Out 2, the sequel to the 2015 classic. It'll follow a teenage Riley, introduce new emotion characters and is due out June 14, 2024.
We got an early look at new movie Elemental, which comes out in the summer of 2023. It follows Ember, who's made of fire, and Wake, who consists of water, as they grow close in a city where people are defined by their elemental makeup.
We got a first look at new movie Elio, which follows a bookish kid as he makes first contact with aliens. He's brought to their world and becomes Earth's ambassador to the rest of the universe. It's scheduled for release March 1, 2024.
Win or Lose, an animated series coming to Disney Plus in fall 2023, follows a co-ed middle school softball team in the week leading up to their championship game. Each episode takes place that week, jumping to the perspective of a main character.
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Director James Cameron called in to the event from New Zealand to discuss long-awaited sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, and the crowd was given 3D glasses to watch some breathtaking footage. The movie comes out Dec. 16.
Disney and Marvel video games
The Disney & Marvel Game Showcase saw a bunch of reveals:
We also got first looks at mobile MMO shooter Avatar: Reckoning (which is coming soon) and tactical squad-based action game Aliens: Dark Descent (coming to consoles and PC next year). Marvel's Midnight Suns was delayed to Dec. 2, and prequel shorts will build up the narrative when they start hitting YouTube on Oct. 31.
New Movies Coming in 2023 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More