The Disney D23 has now been concluded: the three main panels, namely those dedicated to licensed video games, Disney and Pixar animated films and sagas of Avatar, Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe have ended, with a huge number of ads to summarize and analyze. After having published our “recap” on the announcements of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar at D23, it is now time to pull the strings of the conference dedicated to new cinecomics of the House of Ideas and the expansion of the world of Star Wars. As expected, it was an event full of news of weight: from the cast of Thunderbolts to the plot of Captain America New World Order, from the first trailer of The Mandalorian 3 to the new images of the series on Ahsoka Tano, here are all the new Marvel and LucasArts of the D23.
Werewolves arrive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Marvel Cinematic Universe was the undisputed star of the last panel of the D23: the announcements were many and, more unique than rare, there were some unexpected news, especially related to the new movie about Captain America.
But let’s go in order and let’s start with the presentation of the halloween special on Werewolf By Night, out on Disney + on October 7th: the film, as we have known for some time, will be directed by Michael Giacchino and will star Gael Garcia Bernal (Jack Russell – Licantropus) and Laura Donnelly (Elsa Bloodstone). The peculiarity of the film is undoubtedly that it draws inspiration from the horror of the 20s and 30s, as you can also see from the announcement trailer of the film, available on the Marvel Studios YouTube channel. It is not yet clear whether the film will be completely black and white, as the trailer suggests, while we know for sure that the Man-Thing will appear in the filmsince the ad video quickly shows it in one frame.
Black Panther Wakanda Forever will be released on November 9th. The director Ryan Coogler went up on the stage of the D23, who showed a new clip of the film and explained that the film is still in post-production: just a few days ago the news was leaked that additional shots of Black Panther were in progress. 2, which though they will not affect the theatrical release of the film. The short trailer shown behind closed doors at D23, however, shows Queen Ramonda at the United Nations, Namor’s army and an action sequence starring the Dora Milaje.
According to the cast, the plot will see Wakanda deal with the rest of the world and with several still unknown figures who will try to take advantage of T’Challa’s death to seize the country’s vibrano resources. Closely connected to Black Panther 2 is Ironheart, which has been shown a new logo and which will have Ryan Coogler himself as executive producer. On the stage of D23, then, it was confirmed that Anthony Ramos will be Hood in Ironheart, while nothing is known about the contents of the short teaser of the series released during the conference. It was also revealed that the production will have as its main theme the “clash between technology and magic”.
New trailer also for Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania, which will be released on February 15, 2023 in Italy.
The footage gives us confirmation that Kang will be the main villain of the film, while from the descriptions that have leaked online we discover that the Conqueror has kidnapped Cassie Lang, using her as an “incentive” to convince Ant-Man to carry out a robbery for him in the Quantum Realm. Furthermore, the teaser confirms that Kang will have already killed some Avengers around the multiverse before meeting Scott Lang and that Ant-Man 3 will link directly to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. At the same time, a trailer for the second season of Loki was shown, which again shows Kang together with a TVA agent, played by Ke Huy Quan. Again, it is certain that Loki 2 will connect to the Multiverse sagaof which it will probably be one of the main productions in terms of lore.
Secret Wars, Captain America and the cast of the Thunderbolts
We always remain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, because Disney has surprisingly released a trailer for Secret Invasion, which will be released on Disney + in the spring of 2023.
In the video, available on the official Marvel channels, we are offered one look at Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill and Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos, along with Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Kinglsey Ben-Adir and Olivia Colman’s MCU debut. As we have known for some time, Secret Wars will talk aboutinfiltration of the Skrulls on Earth, in what promises to be a Marvel “foray” into the world of spy stories. Also present on the stage of the D23 and in the trailer for Secret Invasion also Don Cheadle, who confirmed that he will resume the role of War Machine also in Armor Wars which has changed its logo and will arrive in 2024: during the panel, however, it was confirmed that there series will consist of six episodes in total.
Moving to the “street” level of the MCU, new information about Daredevil Born Again has been revealed, via a nice curtain that saw protagonists Vincent D’Onofrio and Charlie Cox, the two main actors of the production, who will play Kingpin and Daredevil respectively. In this case, it is certain that the series will consist of 18 episodes and that filming will begin in 2023, with a view to a release in the course of 2024.
Next to Daredevil, then, it was revealed that the filming of Echo has finished and that the series will make its debut on Disney + in about a year, in the summer of 2023. A trailer has also been released for Echo, which shows us a particularly interesting: Kingpin will in fact be blindfolded, which seems to suggest that he was blinded (just like Daredevil) by the bullets fired by Maya Lopez at the end of Hawkeye. Unfortunately, unlike the Secret Invasion trailer, the Echo teaser is not available online. According to those who have been able to see the video, however, the series seems to pick up the legacy of the Netflix productions linked to the Marvel licenses, distancing itself instead from the rest of the products of the House of Ideas for Disney +.
Moving on to the upcoming films later in time, then, Marvel unbuttoned on Captain America New World Order: first of all, the logo of the new Captain America film was shown in a high definition version, after the leaks of the past few days; secondly, a good part of the cast of the production has been announced.
Among the confirmations we have Shira Haas, who will play the superhero of Israeli origins Sabra, Danny Ramirez who will play the new Falconafter quickly appearing in the Disney + series Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Carl Lumbly, who will reprise the role of Isaiah Bradley (also already appeared in the TV series dedicated to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon) and – with a decidedly surprise casting – Tim Blake Nelson, who will play The Boss (Samuel Sterns), taking up a part that has remained in the shadows from the Incredible Hulk of 2008. Not only that: it has been announced that The Boss will be the main villain of the film. Also presented the composition of the Thunderbolts team, which will be formed by Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova), David Harbor (Red Guardian), Wyatt Russell (US Agent), Olga Kurylenko (Taskmaster), Hannah John-Kamen (Ghost) and Julia Louis Dreyfus (Valentina Allegra De Fontaine): it therefore seems certain that the Baron Zemo will not be part of the supergroupat least in its initial formation.
Finally, among the news that could (not) make fans happy we have the officialization of Matt Shakman as director of the Fantastic Fourwhile Kevin Feige himself explained that the Fantastic Four actors will be revealed soon.
Another rather interesting news concerns The Marvels, of which we have not received trailers or images but on which the Marvel Studios have let themselves go to a revelation relating to the plot: apparently, in fact, Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau and Ms. Marvel can swap places in the universe using their powers, as the latter are somehow connected to each other. Given that Kamala Khan is the first mutant of the MCU, the news could represent a real jolt in terms of “lore” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Either way, the bulk of the film’s plot will see Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel understand how to interact with each other without swapping places in the universe, while the casting we all hoped for has been confirmed: the adorable Flerken Goose, in fact, will have a role in the film.
From Indiana Jones to the Far Far Galaxy
Before delving into the Far Away Galaxy, it is good to dwell on a series of other Disney panel announcements related to the company’s “third” IPs. Let’s start with a bang with a D23 exclusive trailer for Indiana Jones 5which however has a decidedly bittersweet taste: although no information on the contents has yet leaked on the net, Harrison Ford has revealed that it will be the last film in which she will wear Indy’s iconic hat. James Mangold, director of the film, has instead explained that both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were involved in the realization of the project. Before the start of the panel, however, some concept art and costumes from Indiana Jones 5 were shown.
During the conference, then, the first trailer of Willow was shown, TV series sequel to the 1988 cult film. Produced by Lucasfilm, the show will feature Christian Slater, Joanne Whalley, Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz and Erin Kellyman. Finally, on the stage of D23 also James Cameron, who shared a new photo of Avatar la via acqua, to be released in Italy on December 14, and who explained that the filming of Avatar 4 has officially begun. For those wondering where Avatar 3 has ended: production of the film ended in November 2020, and now the film is in the (very long and exhausting) phase of post-production and editing.
Finally, it was the turn of Star Wars: the highlight of the presentation, of course, was the trailer for The Mandalorian 3, but during the panel there was also plenty of room for the Disney + Andor series.
Andor received a final trailer ahead of the Mickey Mouse house streaming platform, which will take place on September 21: Kathleen Kennedy has called the series a “24 episode spy story“while Diego Luna, who plays Cassian Andor, described her as”a great twelve hour movie“. A few weeks after the release of the first episodes of Andor, on October 26, it will debut on Disney + Tales of the Jedi, a new animated series about the world of Star Wars, of which a trailer was also released on YouTube. The show will consist of six episodes: three dedicated to Ahsoka Tano, with particular attention to the time spent with Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars, and three focused on Count Dooku, which will deepen her life as a Jedi before the transition to the dark side.
Another big announcement of the D23, always on the Star Wars side, are the first photos of the series on Ahsoka Tano, which show both the protagonist (played by Rosario Dawson) and Sabina Wren by Natasha Liu Bordizzoalready appeared in the animated series Star Wars Rebels.
Jon Favreau, who will direct the series, explained that it was Ahsoka Tano’s success in The Mandalorian that convinced Disney to give her a spin-off of his own. We then continue with the announcement of Star Wars: Skeleton Crew, another Disney + series conceived by Jon Favreau together with Jon Watts: Watts himself has confirmed that the production will be set during the New Republic and will feature a group of kids missing in the Star Wars universe. Among the recurring characters of the production we will also find Jude Law, of which a first image has been released. Finally, Disney has also revealed the release date of The Bad Batch 2, an animated series much loved by fans and that will debut on Disney + on January 14, 2023: unfortunately, however, the company has not shared any other news on the cartoon.
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