Comic Con may be just around the corner, but an expo of all things Disney is happening right now in Anaheim, California.
Named after the official Disney fan club, the D23 Expo happens every two years. At the last D23, they unveiled footage from Captain America: Civil War and Moana, as well as announcing Star Wars Land and debuting concept art for the then-upcoming Doctor Strange.
We’ve already talked about the new model for Star Wars Land, but there are so many Disney movies coming down the pipe that we need to break down what we’re really hoping for to properly get excited for it all.
Some of these announcements may happen at both D23 and Comic Con, but even if they do, chances are good that each will have something unique to show.
We’ve got the teaser trailer for The Last Jedi, but a full trailer would be really good. We know that the First Order is still kicking and that Rey is off training with Luke, but what’s the actual plot?
Very little has been revealed about the untitled Han Solo movie. If they plan on winning over a purist like myself, they should at least reveal the title. Production has been trying to make up for lost time since Ron Howard took the helm, but maybe he could drop in for a visit? With some of the actors, even?
The Incredibles 2 is less than a year away, so we should be getting something. A teaser would be best, but even some stills or some mention of the plot would be great.
Toy Story 4 is farther out, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Pixar’s eldest property is probably playing it close to the vest, especially after the heavy material of Toy Story 3.
There are also two untitled animated features slated for 2021. Sure, they could wait until Comic Con next year or even the next D23, but they’ve already named the Marvel and Lucasfilm productions that far out, so who knows?
With the success of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, Disney is banking on live-action adaptations and long-awaited sequels. Unfortunately, our chances of hearing much about them are small.
The furthest along is Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s in post-production now and scheduled for a Christmas 2019 release, but so far all we’ve seen are some photos from production. Hopefully they’ve been saving more for, you know, a special occasion?
Unfortunately, the rest of the announced live-action Disney properties are only in the early stages. Cruella has Emma Stone attached to it, and David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon) will direct Peter Pan. Mulan and Aladdin are both still globetrotting to find fresh faces for their starring characters. None of these movies are close to shooting yet. But what if they just cast someone? Or signed on a famous director or composer?
Also in the mix is A Wrinkle in Time, the sci-fi classic starring Oprah Winfrey. It’s in post-production now, and stills were published just this week. Maybe Oprah herself will appear? And if she does, will she give away a car?
How these fit into the larger schedule is another question entirely. Disney has four untitled live-action projects slated between now and 2022, including one fairy tale. Is Peter Pan the fairy tale? Will Cruella or another film get an official release date, or are those films something else entirely? Will Lin-Manuel Miranda appear to talk about what he’s working on?
Check back next week when we wrap up all the announcements from D23!