The last time Disney held its biennial D23 Expo two years ago, we got first looks at footage from Captain America: Civil War and Moana, Star Wars Land was announced to great fanfare and the wonderfully wild Marvel movie now known as Doctor Strange was just some slides of concept art.
Now we’re back, and it’s clear: If you want to look deep into the future of Disney movies, you gotta be down in Anaheim this weekend.
If you’re not here, never fear there’s plenty coming for you, too: Once D23 and next weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con wrap up, there will be trailers and images galore for you to feast your geeky eyes upon. But D23 sees it all first. Buckle up, Mouseketeers.
Mashable is headed down to Anaheim on Friday for slate presentations for the Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, which kicks off the weekend. On Saturday, Marvel and Lucasfilm will be on hand for the live-action slate presentation, while Disney’s theme parks team takes its turn Sunday.
So what are we gonna see? Here’s our wishes upon a star, ranked in order from most to least likely:
A full trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars Celebration in April brought us the first teaser trailer for Last Jedi, and you can bet your BB-8 footy pajamas that we’re getting a full trailer sometime on Saturday. Better watch the teaser one more time to be sure you’re ready:
We’re hoping for some Han Solo updates, too … but those are far further down the “likely” list. More on that below.
A Mary Poppins Returns tease
Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda to the stage please, Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda to the stage we want some Mary Poppins, y’all!
Rob Marshall’s sequel-of-sorts is in post-production, comes out the Christmas after next and we’ve not seen a whisker of it, with the exception of some production stills. Gee, think they’ve been saving that first footage for some kind of … special occasion?
Some answers to these pesky Untitled questions
Disney has parked some big projects on the calendar all the way through 2021 without identifying them. So it’s decided: We’re going to sit at the Anaheim Convention Center and hold our breath until they tell us what these are:
That’s four (4!) Disney live-action movies (including one live-action “fairy tale”), and two mystery animated films, one from Pixar and one from Walt Disney Animation.
Frozen 2 (2019) is also in that timeline, and we know for certain that we’ll get a sneak-peek at the short film Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, which will play in front of Coco starting Nov. 22.
Marvel stuff, even though Comic-Con is bearing down
This is tricky, because this year Marvel is doing both D23 and Comic-Con. How to serve two masters? A lot of what we see in Anaheim will be repeated in San Diego that much we know from previous years. But some things will be held back for Comic-Con only.
Combine the two, and we’re guaranteed to get new looks at Thor: Ragnarok (which so far has only released a teaser trailer) and Black Panther (same). I’m banking on full trailers for both films coming out in the next 10 days.
The real wild card from Marvel is Infinity War, which is still shooting in London, but is deep enough into production to yield some early footage a la Captain America: Civil War here two years ago.
(And maybe a tease of what Captain Marvel will look like in it? Pretty please?)
A teaser trailer for A Wrinkle in Time
Now in post-production and with the first-look images out this week, Ava Duvernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’engle sci-fi classic A Wrinkle In Time is ready for its close-up. Surely we’ll see something on Saturday beyond just those stills …
Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 12, 2017
The only question … will we get a visit from Oprah and will everyone in attendance get a car?
Footage from The Incredibles 2 or Toy Story 4
Pixar’s sequel machine is humming along nicely after a successful launch for Cars 3, but there’s something more at stake when we’re talking about Toy Story and The Incredibles. John Lasseter will surely host Friday’s animation panel, but will he tip his Toy Story hand?
Brad Bird’s return to The Incredibles, meanwhile, is due less than a year from now, meaning it’s squarely time to start warming up the marketing. If we see the Incredibles onscreen this weekend, it’s going to be mayhem in there.
Both films will be mentioned, it’s certain, but the prospects for footage are still murky at this time.
Will Han Solo and Ron Howard show their faces?
They have to do something to acknowledge this debacle, don’t they?
As we wrote a few weeks ago, every bit of detail that comes from this saga looks worse for Phil Lord and Chris Miller, so it’s not like Lucasfilm needs to keep its mouth shut to run damage control. Lucasfilm spun this thing so hard, they already got naysayers on the run like …
There’s a lot of work to be done on the set of the still-untitled Han Solo film pssst, that title would be nice to learn this weekend! so an appearance by the cast of director Ron Howard seems like a stretch.
So does any footage. Though they’ve been shooting for weeks on end, problems with the films look and tone aren’t something Disney would just paper over to show conventioneers a sizzle reel.
But Han Solo will have something up his sleeve. He always does.
An update on Cruella and Peter Pan
Two Disney live-action films we haven’t talked much about yet are Cruella, which will star Emma Stone, and Peter Pan, which so far only has a director David Lowery (A Ghost Story and Pete’s Dragon). No chance of either giving us anything visual, since these films are barely off the ground.
But a check-in would be nice!
(Speaking of, what happened to Gigantic, the Jack-and-the-Beanstalk tale that Disney announced in 2015 but later pushed to 2020? We should get an update on that one, too … if it’s even still on the slate.)
Some live-action Aladdin or Mulan casting news
It’s not going to happen. But. It would make things better if it did.
The internet lit up earlier this week after THR reported that Disney was struggling to cast its lead for a live-action Aladdin after an exhaustive global search. Don’t be alarmed director Guy Ritchie and Disney are intent on finding a newcomer one who can act like Neel Sethi for Jungle Book but also sing like Auli’i Cravalho did in Moana oh, and also dance.
The degree of difficulty here is high, and so are the stakes.
Ritchie and Disney concluded their four-month process for casting Aladdin without landing on anyone, and are going back to the drawing board. That’s just the process, folks (as it is for Mulan, too), and Disney’s track record at it is nearly impeccable. Settling on Sethi for Jungle Book took a lot longer than four months. Nothing more to see here.
On account of all that, there’s almost zero chance that they bridged that gap in the past few days, but who knows? How crazy would it be if they pulled it off in time and brought their new Aladdin out to the stage?
Bigger things have happened at D23.