Let's be honest: Disney rules pretty much everything around us. From Marvel to Star Wars to Fox, Disney is a behemoth of a media company, so when they host a dedicated expo to pat themselves on the back and reveal their plans for the future, including the slate for their upcoming streaming service, the world pays attention.
There was A LOT of news that dropped at D23 this weekend, so we rounded up all the top headlines for you! Here's all the major scoop:
Get Ready For Disney+
Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, is set to launch this November, and with it will come dozens of brand new shows and movies. The service will also include all your favorite Disney movies, TV shows, DCOMs, Pixar movies, films from the Fox catalogue, and more. Here are the biggest projects that were announced this weekend:
- A Lizzie McGuire revival series with Hillary Duff reprising her role as a 30-year-old Lizzie
- A new series based on DCOM High School Musical entitled High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
- Muppets Now, a new short-form series featuring everyone's favorite Muppets
- Monsters Inc. spinoff series Monsters at Work
- Encore! an unscripted series hosted by Kristen Bell that brings former musical theatre classmates back together for a second chance at their dreams
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum, which follows Goldblum as he discusses different topics like ice cream and sneakers
- A live-action version of Lady and the Tramp
- A Christmas movie called Noelle, starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader
- Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against The Universe
- Stargirl, a movie based on the best-selling YA novel
Check out more offerings from Disney+ here!
What's Next For Marvel
Spider-Man may be leaving the MCU for now, but Marvel has plenty of other projects they're excited about that will launch us into the next phase of superhero movies!
First up: Disney had the whole cast of Eternals onstage and unveiled their character costumes. It was also revealed that Kit Harrington is joining the film.
D23 attendees were also treated to a first look at the upcoming Black Widow film, including David Harbor as Red Guardian. The footage isn't available online yet, but sources say it will be an action-packed film.
We also got a date for Black Panther 2: May 6, 2022. Ryan Coogler will return to direct the sequel as well!
As Disney expands its empire to the aforementioned Disney+ streaming service, Marvel is also creating a slew of new shows for the service, including She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight. Marvel also unveiled new details around previously-announced shows like Loki, What If...?, WandaVision, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
The Latest Star Wars Updates
Everyone is getting ready for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth Star Wars film and final installment of the most recent trilogy. Disney has been pretty secretive about the upcoming film, but they did tease a new poster and a few scenes from the movie, including one shot of Rey donning a double-ended red lightsaber that sent fans into a tizzy.
Though this is the final installment of the trilogy, this is not the last of the Star Wars universe! Disney also showed a preview of upcoming series The Mandalorian and confirmed an Obi-Wan series with Ewan McGregor reprising his role. They are also working on a series centered around Casian Andor, Diego Luna's character from Rogue One.
Upcoming Disney Movies
Disney has an exciting slate of movies coming up! Here were the biggest announcements and teases on upcoming feature films:
Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown will voice characters in Frozen 2. We also got to see a few new stills from the movie, which will open on November 22nd.
Upcoming animated film Raya and the Last Dragon will star Cassie Steele as the titular Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu the dragon.
Pixar announced upcoming film Soul, which will star Jamie Foxx as main character Joe, a jazz musician and band teacher. Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs, and Questlove will also star, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will compose the score.
It was previously announced that Emma Stone would be portraying Cruella De Vil in a live-action prequel film, but we finally have a first look at Stone in character. Check it out here.
New Attractions At Disney ParksThe last day of D23 showed us all the new things to look forward to at the Disney parks!
The biggest news was related to Epcot in DisneyWorld with its various revamps of pavilions and show additions. But, the top highlights include new attractions based on Guardians of the Galaxy, Mary Poppins, and Ratatouille.
Avengers, assemble! Avengers Campus will open in 2020 at Disney California Adventure, with the one in Paris opening at a later date. The two big attractions to come include one featuring Spider-Man and one set in Wakanda (with unnamed Avengers, we need more details stat!). The latter will be housed in Avengers Headquarters. And of course, you'll get to meet all your favorite heroes too!
In Hong Kong, the castle is undergoing a beautiful transformation that will draw from Disney's rich princess legacy. The design will feature inspiration from Snow White, Cinderella, and Belle to name a few! Plus, a new Frozen themed area will house a fun coaster called Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs.
And, not forgetting the mouse and park that started it all - Disneyland will open a brand new attraction that is the first to feature Mickey and Minnie! Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway will debut at Mickey's Toontown in 2022.
To read about all the other big news announced about the theme parks and other Disney properties, check out this post!
Which announcement are you most excited for? Comment below!