Last weekend was the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. Per Disney, D23 Expo is “the ultimate Disney fan event, D23 Expo celebrates the Walt Disney Company and all of its beloved stories and worlds.” With the lack of announcements from Marvel Studios at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year many geeky eyes were turned on Anaheim over the past few days in the hopes of finally meeting the long-rumoured Fantastic Four cast or additional announcements beyond title cards.
Animated series and movies, international Disney Parks announcements, Lucas Film, and Marvel Studios were on display across the three day Expo and each made a handful of announcements, albeit nothing on the scale social media seemed to be anticipating.
For Spoilerites who were unable to attend in person we have a breakdown of all the biggest announcements from D23 Expo to keep you up to date on everything Walt Disney Studios has in the hopper.
Cast members in attendance for the presentation include returning Marvel faces: David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Wyatt Russell as John Walker/U.S.Agent, with Florence Pugh reprising her role as Yelena Belova and sending in a video message for the audience.
Of all the Marvel news to break from D23 Expo, the Thunderbolts announcement definitely took the weekend – even amidst the comparisons to last year’s The Suicide Squad.
Don Cheadle’s Rhodey Will Appear in Armor Wars
Confirmed by a Tweet and bringing the actor out on stage, Marvel confirmed Academy Award-nominated actor, Don Cheadler, will reprise his role as War Machine in the upcoming Disney+ streaming series: Armor Wars.
Marvel Entertainment on Twitter: “Just announced at #D23Expo, Don Cheadle will return in Marvel Studios’ Armor Wars, coming to @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/HEW9cFdkg6 / Twitter”
Just announced at #D23Expo, Don Cheadle will return in Marvel Studios’ Armor Wars, coming to @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/HEW9cFdkg6
Werewolf By Night Trailer
With spooky seasons right around the corner Marvel Studios dropped a trailer for the upcoming Werewolf by Night Hallowe’en Special starring Gael García Bernal and Laura Donnelly:
Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation: Werewolf By Night | Official Trailer | Disney+
There’s no escaping the night. Watch the brand-new trailer for Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation: Werewolf By Night, streaming October 7 only on Disney+. ► Watch Marvel on Disney+: https://bit.ly/2XyBSIW ► Subscribe to Marvel on YouTube: http://bit.ly/WeO3YJ Follow Marvel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/marvel Like Marvel on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marvel Watch Marvel on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/marvel Reward your Marvel fandom by joining Marvel Insider!
Werewolf By Night will stream in Disney+ early in October – on the 7th of this year.
Secret Invasion Trailer
Love Nick Fury? You’re going to love Secret Invasion! The team-based series will begin streaming in “2023”, per this trailer:
Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion | Official Trailer | Disney+
“I’m the last person standing between them and what they really want.” Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion, an Original series, streaming 2023 on Disney+ . ► Watch Marvel on Disney+: https://bit.ly/2XyBSIW ► Subscribe to Marvel on YouTube: http://bit.ly/WeO3YJ Follow Marvel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/marvel Like Marvel on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marvel Watch Marvel on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/marvel Reward your Marvel fandom by joining Marvel Insider!
New Marvel Casting Announcements
In a flurry of announcements and appearances across the presentations fans learned the following actors would be joining the following Marvel Studios / Disney+ series:
Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once), joins Loki season 2 … although not Indiana Jones (*insert side eye emoji here*)
Anthony Ramos (In the Heights), confirmed as The Hood in upcoming Ironheart series
- Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen HBO), reprises his roled as The Leader in Captain America: New World Order
Fantastic Four Director Confirmed
On stage and online it was announced director Matt Shakman (whose work you will recognize from WandaVision), was on set directing the upcoming – much watched – Fantastic Four movie. No further details about Fantastic Four was confirmed.
Disney on Twitter: “Just announced at #D23Expo, Matt Shakman to direct @MarvelStudios’ Fantastic Four. In theaters November 8, 2024. pic.twitter.com/50kpWUDlnl / Twitter”
Just announced at #D23Expo, Matt Shakman to direct @MarvelStudios’ Fantastic Four. In theaters November 8, 2024. pic.twitter.com/50kpWUDlnl
Another Andor Trailer
Just over a week to go until Andor hits Disney+ and we got another trailer teasing Cassian’s new adventures!
Andor | Official Trailer | Disney+
All for the Rebellion. Watch the brand-new trailer for #Andor, an Original series from Star Wars, and experience the three-episode premiere streaming September 21, only on Disney+.
First Look at Mando Season 3
We knew The Mandalorian was getting a third season and this trailer provides a fun look at what is to come! As with the Marvel announcements, there remain no further details on the release date than “2023”.
The Mandalorian | Season 3 Teaser Trailer | Disney+
“You are a Mandalorian no more.” The new season of The Mandalorian starts streaming in 2023 on Disney+.
Tales of the Jedi Trailer
Lots of details from Tales of the Jedi came our way out of Star Wars Celebration earlier this year and with the series debuting on October 26th, D23 Expo attendees were treated to a full trailer for the upcoming animated series:
Tales Of The Jedi | Official Trailer | Disney Plus
Two Stories of Fate. One Destiny. #TalesOfTheJedi is coming to #DisneyPlus. All six Original shorts are streaming on October 26.
From beloved movie to hopefully-beloved-streaming-series Willow had a strong presence at D23 Expo this year including the dropping of a full trailer:
Willow | Official Trailer | Disney+
This November, the magic returns✨ Watch the new trailer for #Willow, an epic new Original series streaming only on #DisneyPlus.
Willow streams on Disney+ this year on November 30th, 2022.
Percy Jackson New Trailer
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is getting another chance at on-screen life following the mixed-reaction to the earlier films in the form of a Disney+ live action series. No release date has yet been given aside from “Streaming Soon” for these children of the Greek pantheon, however the title reads “2023”. I would say hold on for more announcements from the Riordan-world soon.
Teaser | Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Disney+
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While there was a lot more news to come out D23 Expo these are the stories we’re most excited about! Which are you looking forward to? Did I miss what you thought was the top of the pile? Let me know in the comments below!