With Disney’s D23 Expo coming up in a few days, the Mouse is priming the pump for some possible Marvel-related announcements. At the Television Critics Association press tour, ABC president Paul Lee confirmed that the AKA Jessica Jones and Guillermo del Toro=produced Hulk pilots are still in the works, saying both were being “aggressively” developed. He also dropped some arcane hints about…Castle?
“We’ve got this really cool storyline with a Marvel character that appears in ‘Castle’ this year.”
Could this be an in-world superhero, a mystery revolving around comics or…what? Disney and Marvel are already busily synergizing/transmediuming Castle – – Marvel is publishing a tie-in comic of the book series that hero Castle writes, and star Nathan Fillion was signing at the Marvel booth at Comic-Con. So more tie-ins would be a swell test of the corporate bonds.
Even more mysteriously, Disney just released a film schedule that included two unnamed Marvel films, one for May 16, 2014, and one for June 27, 2014. Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 have dates already, so speculation has centered around Captain America 2, or, possibly, Doctor Strange and Ant Man, which are said to be far along the pipeline.
Whatever the nature of these mystery films — or a third, Pixar project that was also on the release list — it’s a pretty solid bet that we’ll learn more about them at D23. Presentations with Marvel and Pixar are both on the schedule, and Disney wouldn’t drop a tease like the schedule if they didn’t have a reveal already planned.
Looks like D23 will be full of surprises. For instance did you know that Dick van Dyke is alive and singing? It’s true!
UPDATE: literally as we were writing this post, Marvel sent out some PR on their D23 presence – including an assemblage of the cast of the Avengers! Yes, this is going to be a buzz-worthy event.
On Saturday, August 20, Marvel Studios President, Production, Kevin Feige joins Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey, President, production, The Walt Disney Studios; and John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios on stage at the D23 Arena for the Expo’s Walt Disney Studios presentation. Feige, will be on hand along with an awesome assemblage of cast members from “Marvel’s The Avengers.”
But that’s not all, True Believers! On Sunday, August 21, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada brings you inside the House of Ideas with a very special Marvel presentation and Q&A that provides a behind-the-scenes look at Marvel and its iconic super heroes. Join him for an exclusive and unprecedented experience that will take you through the evolution of Marvel from its first comic book in 1939 to its current position as one of the most important creative forces in the world.
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.