Fake leaves rain down on the hall like confetti as the song crescendos, ending the presentation
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) August 24, 2019
D23 News! Disney, the behemoth pan-corporation behind all of our most beloved IP, rolled out a massive, mind-boggling fan fest over the weekend at D23, their biennial celebration. Now that they’ve annexed Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and all the characters that Fox owns, everything the light touches is their kingdom.
And by all accounts – including Borys Kit‘s description of the staging of the Frozen 2 presentation – it was a majestic piece of theater as only Disney could provide.
While The Beat could only cover it from afar, our news team was bunkered down in their surveillance van and provided all the highlights. Here’s the big D23 news wrap-up!
• The big news was even more Marvel shows for Disney+ including Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk. NO release dates but we’ll be subscribing for YEARS to come.
• More details were revealed about Wandavision (coming in late 2020), which will be…odd. A few glimpses of the show were cut with Kevin Feige confessing his inspiration was the ’60s sitcom The Dick van Dyke Show, suggesting there it will be strongly comedic. This poster by Andy Park was also revealed. Writer Tom King and others noted that there is some conceptual similarity with King and Gabriel Walta‘s acclaimed Vision comics series, which also set the Vision in a suburban setting – although with a whole family of robots, not Wanda.
• Also, Kat Dennings fan rejoice! She’ll reappear in Wandavision as Darcy, Jane Foster’s comic relief in the first two Thor movies. And Randall Park (last seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp) will return as Agent Woo. Kathryn Hahn will play a nosy neighbor, which I’m guessing will cause all hell to break loose. Matt Shakman (Game of Thrones) will direct the series.
• The Falcon and the Winter Soldier also debuted a poster, but only in a grainy tweet? Bucky deserves better, people. The series has also added Emily VanCamp returning as Sharon Carter/Agent 13, sure to please fans everywhere. Wyatt Russell (Black Mirror) will play John Walker, who just happens to be U.S. Agent. I am telling you, before this is over we’re getting Woodgod.
• On the film side, Black Panther 2 is set for May 6, 2022. Kit Harington is reuniting with his brother, Richard Madden, for The Eternals, with Harington playing Dane Whitman, The Black Knight. Gemma Chan has been cast as Sersi, the lead character for the film. Barry Keoghan (Y the Last Man) has also joined the cast as Druig.
• They also released this hitherto unseen Black Widow poster by Andy Park!
• But of course the BIG news was Tom Holland, ironically on hand for his role as a voice actor, letting us know that he will never forget his magical time in the MCU.
• That news was only challenged by Jeff Goldblum‘s highly Goldblumian reaction to the news that Disney and Sony were no longer seeing each other.
• A Phase 4 trailer was released to the attendees, but not to the internet, maintaining the exclusive mystique of the event.
• We previously reported on the big Star Wars news: Ewan McGregor is back and a trailer for The Mandalorian makes it clear that director Werner Herzog is the galaxy’s new badass. Now everyone go watch Aguirre, the Wrath of God. Plus a new poster for The Rise of Skywalker shows Rey vs Kylo action.
• In non-Marvel film news, we got our first look at Emma Stone as Cruella DeVille.
• D23 news also included lots about the theme parks. We’re getting Avengers Campus, a huge area that will have an Avengers HQ and a Quinlet adventure.
Epcot is getting a Mary Poppins attraction, and a Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster is opening in EPCOT as well.
Torsten Adair has all the details on the big expansions and revampings. Big news: the Ratatouille experience from Disneyland Paris is coming to EPCOT. I never thought we’d have an attraction based on a rat who cooks, but this is Disney we’re talking about! They can do literally anything.
• Disney Channel/Marvel Animation (memba them) revealed that the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur cartoon is a go.
• There was actually a Marvel Comics panel at D23 and it was livestreamed. However there was no big news announced, just C.B. Cebuslki and Tom Brevoort sitting on a stage and running through Marvel history. In other words, a typical Thursday night. Attendees did get advance copies of Marvel #1000 though.
• But this is only scratching the surface of the wonders and marvels that were revealed at D23! Never has a studio owned so much stupendous IP! There was a Simpsons panel at D23, and Bart Simpson in Mickey Mouse ears masks were given away and now the end is nigh.
• AND NOW, let’s go BEHIND THE CURTAIN. Our pals at @ParksandCons tweeted all the lines and hassles.
— Parks And Cons (@ParksAndCons) August 24, 2019
@ParksAndCons the line to get into the Haunted Mansion 50th is chaos. Gold members are literally holding up their cards to try and get through the crowd, and people are cutting into the standby queue by entering the area from the exit.
— Ladycrim #BLM (@ladycrim) August 24, 2019
— Parks And Cons (@ParksAndCons) August 23, 2019
Wow! This makes SDCC’s line and queueing look like a veritable paradise!
ParksandCons shared our Simpsons shock:
— Parks And Cons (@ParksAndCons) August 23, 2019
But for all the hassles, you could also just catch Kevin Feige walking around like a regular human. And that’s why fans adore D23.
— Jill (@Jillliaannn) August 24, 2019