D23 Expo 2022: The Disney, Marvel and Star Wars Updates to Count on From This Week’s Conference

September 9, 2022

Friday will see Disney followers flocking to California for D23 Expo 2022, a conference celebrating all of the leisure behemoth has to supply. It’s going to be the primary D23 conference since 2019, the 12 months its Disney Plus streaming service launched, and also will mark the corporate’s a centesimal anniversary (which is subsequent 12 months, however corporations like to lengthen these celebrations) — so you’ll be able to count on some main bulletins from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and extra.

D23 2022 runs Friday, Sept. 9, to Sunday, Sept. 11, on the Anaheim Conference Middle, proper beside Disneyland. Tickets are offered out, however individuals who cannot make it is going to be capable of livestream sure elements of the occasion from house.

Past the animated classics Disney was constructed on, the corporate owns Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Avatar, Pixar and extra beloved franchises. So you’ll be able to count on loads of updates about upcoming motion pictures, exhibits, video video games and theme park rides set in these universes. It’s going to be a bit like Star Wars Celebration, which occurred on the identical location in Could, with a wider scope.

Disney created a delightful D3 Expo poster that features 58 Easter eggs and hints for the present. It is robust to know precisely what every image means, however superfan YouTuber Dave Lee Down Below ran by the whole thing in a useful video.

CNET shall be reporting stay from the conference present flooring, capturing the hype of panel reveals and reunions, and trying out the artistic cosplay. If you cannot make it to Anaheim or simply wish to plan out your conference, this is a fast have a look at the place and when large information is prone to drop.

Friday, Sept. 9

There are three main panels on the primary day of D23, however solely two are prone to yield main information.  The opening occasion is the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony (10:30 a.m. PT), the place CEO Bob Chapek will honor a bunch of Disney’s main stars. That group contains the late Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel from Frozen, and different actors and behind-the-scenes individuals from the corporate’s lengthy historical past. This one shall be livestreamed.

Avid gamers will wish to tune in for the Disney & Marvel Sport Showcase (1 p.m. PT), which is able to embody a “sneak peek on the upcoming Marvel ensemble recreation from Skydance New Media.” A trailer for this panel hints that we’ll see Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and Aliens: Darkish Descent

A giant black and white Mickey Mouse stands among smaller Disney characters and icons in a D23 2022 poster

The D23 Expo 2022 poster contains 58 Disney Easter eggs and hints.


The presence of a key blade over Mickey’s proper ear within the conference poster suggests we’ll study extra about Kingdom Hearts 4, and we’ll hopefully get an replace about Star Wars Jedi: Survivor as nicely. This panel will get its personal devoted livestream, along with being included within the longer Friday livestream.

The Disney and Pixar Studio Showcase (3:30 p.m. to five:30 p.m. PT) would be the day’s major occasion, since it will shine the highlight on upcoming motion pictures and Disney Plus exhibits. It’s going to embody CGI-animated film Unusual World (which comes out in November), in addition to Pixar’s 2023 film Elemental and Disney Plus present Win or Lose. We’ll additionally study extra about Iwájú, a sci-fi sequence set in Lagos, Nigeria, that is coming to Disney Plus subsequent 12 months. 

Given the panel’s size and scope, we may additionally get a peek at Enchanted sequel Disenchanted, Hocus Pocus 2 and Haunted Mansion, in addition to live-action remakes Peter Pan & Wendy and The Little Mermaid. This panel will not be livestreamed, so keep watch over CNET for all of the happenings.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Day two begins with one other large one: Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and twentieth Century Studios Showcase (10 a.m. to midday PT).

On the Marvel entrance, we’ll probably get one other trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally and a have a look at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vacation Particular (since each are due out in 2022). If Marvel needs to construct hype for 2023, it may supply a style of films like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Marvels, or Disney Plus sequence Secret Invasion. Unbelievable 4 is not out till 2024, however we would hear about that as nicely.


D23 may reveal extra about Namor’s function in Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally.

Marvel Studios

Lucasfilm will nearly definitely have some Star Wars information, like additional particulars about upcoming Disney Plus sequence Andor, in addition to premiere dates for The Mandalorian season 3 and The Dangerous Batch season 2. It is doable we’ll discover out about Boba Fett’s subsequent journey too. If Lucasfilm needs to convey us again to a galaxy nearer to house, we nonetheless haven’t got a trailer or perhaps a title for the fifth Indiana Jones film.

Lastly, twentieth Century Studios has one main film coming this 12 months: Avatar: The Approach Of Water, James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel. D23 attendees will most likely see a brand new trailer or clips from the film forward of its Dec. 16 launch.

This panel will not be included in Saturday’s livestream, however CNET shall be reporting from the occasion.

Sunday, Sept. 11

The spotlight of the present’s remaining day would be the theme park-centric A Boundless Future: Disney Parks, Experiences and Merchandise presentation (10:30 a.m to midday PT). It will reveal plans for US parks like California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World, together with worldwide places Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort.

We may get a gap date for Splash Mountain revamp Tiana’s Bayou Journey and particulars about adjustments coming to Epcot. This panel shall be livestreamed.

How one can watch

A number of panels shall be livestreamed, supplying you with eight hours to look at from house every day. Between panels, hosts like Ashley Eckstein (who performed Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the upcoming Tales of the Jedi) will interview stars, reveal merchandise and tour the present flooring.

We have embedded the livestreams for Friday, Saturday and Sunday above, so you’ll be able to watch the whole thing proper right here.

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