The joint Marvel/Star Wars/20th Century panel at D23 did not disappoint. We had casting news galore, surprise announcements, multiple trailers – and several minutes of exclusive footage that won’t be released to the public.
But don’t get the FOMO. We were there and captured every major moment from the convention floor. Below, you’ll find our complete round-up of what went down as it happened, from the Star Wars-shaped beginnings, through to Marvel’s mega-wave of news, and a sprinkling of Avatar thrown in for good measure.
Indiana Jones 5 – and Harrison Ford – made an appearance, while The Mandalorian season 3 debuted its first trailer. Willow, Thunderbolts, Ahsoka, and more also made their presence keenly felt. It was a pop-culture extravaganza that changed the entertainment landscape – and your watchlist – for the next few years, that’s for sure. It’s here, waiting for you to take it all in.
And once you’ve all caught up, be sure to check out the full stories behind D23’s biggest reveals. There’s also the D23 schedule if you want a quick look back at what’s been an eventful and action-packed weekend.
Hello and welcome! The last time Marvel took to the stage at D23, it unveiled the likes of Moon Knight and She-Hulk to the world. Three years on, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded even further. The Multiverse Saga is now the phrase on everyone's lips, and Kevin Feige could be about to drop some bombshells surrounding the MCU's next Kang-shaped arc.
While Marvel Studios may have already unveiled its Marvel Phase 5 slate – and announced two new Avengers movies, no less – at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, there is still plenty that could be revealed later today. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the MCU’s next entry, and we wouldn’t be surprised to hear more about it here at the D23 panel. And that's just for starters.
Looking further afield, there have been rumblings about the Fantastic Four. Might we clap eyes on the MCU’s Reed Richards and Sue Storm for the first time? And what about a Doctor Doom announcement? Plus, there are those pesky gaps in the Marvel Phase 6 schedule that still need to be filled. The full list of upcoming Marvel movies will become much clearer very soon.
Things are much more unknown in a galaxy far, far away. The Mandalorian season 3 had a trailer for convention-goers at Star Wars Celebration, while the likes of Ahsoka and Skeleton Crew are also on the way to Disney Plus. And what of 2023’s mystery Star Wars movie, potentially directed by Taika Waititi? The D23 panel is the best time to announce something. Lucasfilm will no doubt pull out some other surprises too – at Star Wars Celebration, they showed off a trailer for Willow and teased Indiana Jones 5. Could we finally get an official title?
20th Century Fox will also be on hand. We're expecting a second trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water, which is set to reach cinemas later this year.
It all kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM BST. Be sure to follow Total Film on Twitter and stay right here for the latest updates.
Marvel, Star Wars, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century may be taking center stage today, but yesterday was Disney and Pixar's turn to dazzle convention-goers.
That's not all. Inside Out is getting a surprise sequel over at Pixar. The legendary animation studio also offered up a first look at its new movie, Elemental. Plus, it announced a new space adventure flick. Elio is currently set for spring 2024.
For more, check out our round-up of everything announced at D23's Disney and Pixar panel.
If you believe the Marvel rumor mills, we could be getting everything from a Deadpool 3 reveal to Denzel Washington rocking up to the MCU as Dracula. Yes, really. Whatever happens next, expect several internet-breaking announcements.
Things in a galaxy far, far away, however, might be a little more muted by comparison. There are currently no movies being filmed (though several are planned), though we expect to hear more from The Mandalorian season 3 seeing as how that's only five months away now.
20th Century Studios, too, could bring the goods. More Alien, perhaps?
Five minutes to go...
Excited? Nervous? While we aren't expecting as many surprises as San Diego Comic-Con, the two-hour panel should still deliver the goods. In terms of realistic announcements, both Loki season 2 and Ahsoka are currently filming so don't expect too much from them outside of minor teasers and announcements.
Fantastic Four casting is the big news on everyone's lips. John Kransinski was a frontrunner for the longest time but his quick cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may have paved the way for another version of the character to appear in the MCU's Earth-616 instead. Thunderbolts, announced earlier this year, could also reveal its cast. We predicted The Thunderbolts lineup already and (hopefully) won't be too embarrassed looking back on that later today.
What else is on our wishlist? Indiana Jones 5 should be here in some capacity, and there's been plenty of buzz around what could be Harrison Ford's last crack at the whip.
A reminder, as lights go down for the panel, that the D23 Studio Showcase isn't being streamed anywhere. For all the latest updates and breaking news from the floor, stick with us and follow Total Film on Twitter. Be sure to put notifications on too!
Walt Disney Chairman Alan Bergman is here to unveil the new Disney 100 logo and "100 years of wonder" motto.
Kathleen Kennedy is now on stage to introduce the Lucasfilm portion of the panel. Fingers crossed for more Grogu...
Walt Disney Chairman Alan Bergman here to kick things off after a rousing opening montage culminating in the new Disney 100 logo #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/wLH0P6nR5cSeptember 10, 2022
First up, Lucasfilm! #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/wp86ZSAjL1September 10, 2022
Andor kicks off the D23 panel
Andor is first up and it's being described as a "24-episode spy thriller." Yes, a second season has already been greenlit and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says it's close to starting production.
First up is Andor “a 24-episode spy thriller”. Genevieve O’Reilly, Kyle Soller, Addis Arjona and Diego Luna hit the stage at #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/IxBYOhKnjESeptember 10, 2022
More Andor deets are trickling in from the panel. The show, which debuts on Disney Plus on September 21, will be about "the awakening of a revolutionary" according to star Diego Luna. We also delve deeper into the politicking of the Empire through the lens of Mon Mothma.
"This time we get to meet and explore [Mon Mothma] as a woman dealing with the dark shadows of Imperial politics," says Genevieve O’Reilly. Luna also described the project as a "gigantic film."
Diego Luna: “On this one I had a chance to be there from beginning to end [as producer and actor]… This is like a 12 episode film. It’s a gigantic film.” #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/gnJi4KK9VwSeptember 10, 2022
New Andor trailer debuts at D23
Andor looks in-freakin'-credible. Don't believe us? The new Andor trailer just dropped, having just been shown at D23. Watch the first sparks of hope flicker to life as Diego Luna's Rogue One revolutionary starts down a path that will put him in the Empire's crosshairs...
All for the Rebellion. Watch the brand-new trailer for #Andor, an Original series from Star Wars, and experience the three-episode premiere streaming September 21, only on @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/w1TiVyBS8tSeptember 10, 2022
Willow is here! Warwick Davis steps on stage to introduce the new series, which serves as a sequel to the 1988 cult classic. It's set to land on Disney Plus on November 30.
“We couldn’t go on this journey without Willow himself…” Warwick Davies is in the house at #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/gp4a0pf4ENSeptember 10, 2022
Willow has even thrown in a surprise casting announcement for good measure. Joining Warwick Davis, Erin Kellyman, Ellie Bamber, and Joanne Whalley on stage is Christian Slater.
“Getting to a part of this show was an absolute dream come true. I’ve grown up watching [Warwick]," Slater says.
Christian Slater is here! “Getting to a part of this show was an absolute dream come true. I’ve grown up watching [Warwick]” #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/voFtCZF0QiSeptember 10, 2022
Willow... has a flamethrower? Checks out. Fantasy is all the rage at the moment - House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power say hello - so we're very much on board with another, seemingly more whimsical, slice of adventuring. Watch the new trailer below.
This November, the magic returns ✨ Watch the new trailer for #Willow, an epic new Original series streaming only on @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/QKSU15rz2ZSeptember 10, 2022
Tales of the Jedi trailer
Everyone's fave Dave Filoni, executive creative director over at Lucasfilm, has now taken to the stage. And, yes, he's wearing his trademark hat. Filoni reveals that Tales of the Jedi, a series of six shorts, is coming on October 26. The Bad Batch season 2, meanwhile, premieres on January 4, 2023.
Check out the new trailer for Tales of the Jedi (which features Baby Ahsoka) below.
Two Stories of Fate. One Destiny. #TalesOfTheJedi is coming to @DisneyPlus. All six Original shorts are streaming on October 26. pic.twitter.com/dHMgTMxGcISeptember 10, 2022
“I wrote this six shorts, three about Ahsoka Tano…” says Filoni #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/BA9r2ZxUiTSeptember 10, 2022
Ahsoka is always a highlight, no matter what piece of Star Wars media she pops up in. She's getting her own live-action show and will be played once again by Rosario Dawson.
D23 has given us the first real look at the series, too, which is set for Disney Plus in 2023. Jon Favreau is out here teasing "lightsaber battles" too, in case there was ever any doubt.
Jon Favreau’s joining Filoni on stage. “I get to be down there in the set with Dave, and it’s remarkable what they’re able to accomplish… seeing the lightsaber battles come to life, it’s amazing action ” says Favreau pic.twitter.com/87B6KESu8USeptember 10, 2022
Alongside Ahsoka we've got Spider-Man director Jon Watts talking all about Skeleton Crew, the new Star Wars series starring Jude Law.
Jude Law is here again (after debuting as Captain Hook yesterday) #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/sntwhkVk5gSeptember 10, 2022
Jon Favreau’s joining Filoni on stage. “I get to be down there in the set with Dave, and it’s remarkable what they’re able to accomplish… seeing the lightsaber battles come to life, it’s amazing action ” says Favreau #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/3ozPmwY3ImSeptember 10, 2022
The Mandalorian season 3
Don't worry, they didn't forget about Mando. Dave Filoni speaks of the "great privilege" of taking fans to this trip in a galaxy far, far away, while writer/director Rick Famuyiwa paid tribute to how much Star Wars means to him.
"The stories of Star Wars have shaped my life as a person and a filmmaker. It’s been an incredible full story moment to be able to tell stories in this world," Famuyiwa says.
The cast is also addressing the panel, with Giancarlo Esposito channeling his inner Moff Gideon for his time on the microphone.
The Mando cast! #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/YorP8l6QpfSeptember 10, 2022
Giancarlo Esposito: “LONG LIVE THE EMPIRE!” #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/OymYb68HsMSeptember 10, 2022
Katee Sackhoff: “I’ve played this character for almost 10 years now.. I’m so excited for you guys to see this season because I’ve seen it and it’s CRAZY” #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/Z0NsrKiVR1September 10, 2022
The first trailer for The Mandalorian season 3 is here! It's got fireworks, Babu Frik, and disconcerting looks aplenty from Bo-Katan. It seems this season, which is set for 2023, will focus on the battle for Mandalore and the question of whether Din Djarin is really a Mandalorian anymore.
Curiously, the series had shed its original release window of February 2023 for simply '2023'. Should we be worried? That's a question for another day. For now: enjoy Grogu.
“You are a Mandalorian no more.”The new season of #TheMandalorian starts streaming in 2023 on @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/Bih7bW3JrSSeptember 10, 2022
Indiana Jones 5
The Star Wars section of the panel appears to be over. Don't be too sad, though, because Indiana Jones is a fitting replacement. Director James Mangold and star Harrison Ford are here to talk all about Indy 5.
A trailer was shown (we're waiting with bated breath for it to appear online) which wowed the crowd. Lots of high-speed chases on planes, trains, and horseback.
An emotional Harrison Ford take to the stage to say “we have a really human story to tell, as well as a *movie* that will kick your ass” #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/0zreKqJHh7September 10, 2022
Marvel Studios is here
What does Kevin Feige have in store for us? We're about to find out as he's just strode on stage.
Next up: Marvel Studios! #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/SUd0GYAPaTSeptember 10, 2022
The D23 crowd were treated to a full musical number from Rogers: The Musical. Can they do this all day? Sadly not, though it does give Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler time to say he's got "something exclusive" to show. Get ready...
Ryan Coogler on Wakanda Forever: “We couldn’t come here without bringing you something exclusive” pic.twitter.com/wrQuac6HsESeptember 10, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever footage shown at D23
The exclusive Wakanda Forever footage (which won't be released to the public, it seems) showed a world eager to pick off Wakanda at its lowest point after the death of T'Challa. Their stocks of Vibranium, it seems, has made the nation a valuable target, though Queen Ramonda is a formidable opponent for anyone trying to get one over on Wakanda. There was also a scene of newcomer Namor (Tenoch Huerta) fighting M'Baku (Winston Duke).
“I’m excited for everyone to see Wakanda after Infinity War and Endgame… I’m excited for everyone to see the family, and see the family grow” says Winston Duke #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/HFYD60JgmGSeptember 10, 2022
We know how these Marvel Studios panels go by now. It all comes thick and fast. Next up is the very first trailer for Ironheart, which stars Dominque Thorne as Riri Williams. She'll appear first in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her standalone series debuts in Fall 2023.
Actor Anthony Ramos has also spoken about his character, who appears to be Ironheart's lead villain.
Anthony Ramos describes his character as “a complex guy who kicks ass”, and Feige says he deals with dark art and magic, which makes his clash with the tech-powered RiRi unique #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/43KamASZ1WSeptember 10, 2022
We now set our sights on the beginning of Marvel Phase 5 with a section on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Jonathan Majors are all out on stage, with Rudd's 'Sexiest Man Alive' status being questioned by Jonathan Majors. As he's keen to point out he has also met Michael B. Jordan, who he's worked on with Creed 3.
"This is unlike anything you’ve seen, certainly from Ant-Man and the Wasp. This thing is bananas," Paul Rudd says, intensifying the hype even further.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits cinemas on February 17, 2023.
“This is unlike anything you’ve seen, certainly from Ant-Man and the Wasp. This thing is bananas” Paul Rudd #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/L0pVBotLHpSeptember 10, 2022
Ready for a magic trick? Randall Park is back as Agent Woo in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The exclusive clip shown also highlights Kang's role in the movie. Namely, he's enlisting the help of Ant-Man to pull off a heist in the Quantum Realm. Why? If he accomplishes his mission, he saves the life of his daughter Cassie.
Werewolf By Night
A new Marvel project, Werewolf by Night, has been unveiled at D23. Michael Giacchino is directing the special. Gael Garcia Bernal playing the titular Werewolf.
Marvel has also released the trailer, showcasing a pulpy, brutal black-and-white special. Horror fans, get in here. You'll love the look of this.
Werewolf by Night is streaming October 7.
☁️🌕 𝔚𝔢𝔯𝔢𝔴𝔬𝔩𝔣 𝔟𝔶 𝔑𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱 pic.twitter.com/3bGEBNbwpMSeptember 10, 2022
Secret Invasion trailer
Next up: a Secret Invasion trailer. Nick Fury is the focus here, with the ex-director of SHIELD being questioned about why he hasn't been on Earth recently. It feels like just a big of a blockbuster as any of the MCU's movies, too. Check the trailer out for yourself below, which includes a first peek at Olivia Colman in the MCU.
"I'm the last person standing between them and what they really want."Marvel Studios' #SecretInvasion, an Original series, streaming 2023 on @DisneyPlus . pic.twitter.com/54ZeNLhkSgSeptember 10, 2022
The MCU's forgotten project is here. Armor Wars may have been absent from official schedules, but War Machine actor Don Cheadle is here to set that right. It is still happening.
Loki season 2 also gets some casting news. Everything Everywhere All at Once actor Ke Huy Quan is joining the MCU.
Tom Hiddleston is on stage, joined by the cast including Marvel newbie Ke Huy Quan #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/tpKCycsZZASeptember 10, 2022
Don Cheadle’s next series is Armor Wars, which sees Stark tech fall into the wrong hands, and it follows right on from Secret Invasion #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/rvhJlghlKvSeptember 10, 2022
Marvel officially confirms early Fantastic Four reports: Wandavision director Matt Shakman will be helming the project.
Apologies to those who had hoped to see F4 casting news today. It's not happening at D23.
Fantastic Four kicks off Marvel Phase 6 on November 8, 2024.
Matt Shakman confirmed to direct Fantastic Four, but no casting confirmations here today #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/d4JOfK6QtISeptember 10, 2022
Footage for Echo has also been unveiled during the D23 panel. Alaqua Cox's Deaf anti-hero is shown, as is Vincent D'onofrio's Kingpin. The latter has a bandaged eye, which confirms that he did survive the end of Hawkeye. Just in case there was ever any doubt.
Loki season 2, meanwhile, showed off some footage of Jonathan Majors' Kang. Exciting times for the MCU's new Conqueror, who should have a heavy presence in the Disney Plus series..
First footage of Hawkeye spin-off Echo hints at a history spanning story for the Deaf hero, and features Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/Sdu1FkevvlSeptember 10, 2022
Daredevil: Born Again
Charlie Cox is here to talk Daredevil: Born Again. There's red mood lighting and everything for The Man Without Fear's Arrival.
Charlie Cox is here to talk Daredevil: Born Again #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/K1qxUopwLzSeptember 10, 2022
Some early details for Daredevil: Born Again. It begins filming in 2023 and, as a reminder, it's a bumper 18-episode run. We can't wait. As a teaser, the crowd got a sneak peek of Daredevil's upcoming appearance in She-Hulk. Jennifer Walters and Matt Murdock are busy discussing the stealth versus smash approach to taking out criminals. Which is best? We'll likely find out in a few weeks.
Now, on to Captain America: New World Order...
We’ve just seen a She-Hulk clip featuring Matt and Jennifer arguing about the stealth vs smash approach to taking out goons #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/o2TudG5J59September 10, 2022
Marvel is bringing back more Incredible Hulk characters. Up next in the MCU is Tim Blake Nelson's The Leader, who made a solitary appearance in the 2008 Hulk movie. He'll be back as part of the Captain America: New World Order cast. Danny Ramirez will also be involved. Could a new Falcon get his wings here?
Captain America: New World Order is released on May 3, 2024.
Tim Blake Nelson is back as The Leader in New World Order (14 years after being teased in The Incredible Hulk), and expect an expanded role for Top Gun star Danny Ramirez #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/JhC6vhwaXTSeptember 10, 2022
Thunderbolts cast announced
The Thunderbolts have been revealed at D23. The Marvel group will consist of Red Guardian (David Harbour), John Walker (Wyatt Russell), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), Yelena (Florence Pugh), and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan).
Thunderbolts is out July 26, 2024.
The cast includes Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, David Harbour, Wyatt Russell, Hannah John-Kamen, Olga Kurylenko, Florence Pugh and Sebastian Stan! #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/UCQzvrRXgYSeptember 10, 2022
There's more! The Marvels is next to be shown. Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, and director Nia DaCosta are all here.
Larson is hammering home the important of teamwork for the movie. "It was really nice to have a team - I have a team!" she exclaims.
Brie Larson: “It was really nice to have a team - I have a team!” #D23ExpoSeptember 10, 2022
Avatar: The Way of Water
Goodbye to the Marvel portion of the panel and hello to James Cameron. The director is here to talk all about Avatar: The Way of Water before its December release.
James Cameron has dialled in to talk Avatar: The Way of Water at #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/wzQ01EnT3cSeptember 10, 2022
The Avatar 2 cast are all present and accounted for at D23. That includes Stephen Lang, whose character Colonel Quaritch has seemingly returned from the dead.
"You can’t keep a good marine down. He regrouped in hell," says Lang. Sigourney Weaver also addresses her surprise role as Jake and Neytiri's adopted daughter.
"I’m one of the Sully kids… only Jim is crazy enough to have written this character for me,” Weaver jokes. New footage is also imminent. Good luck handing out thousands of pairs of 3D glasses to a frenzied crowd...
“You can’t keep a good marine down. He regrouped in hell” says Stephen Lang of his returning character pic.twitter.com/YPkbEEAEsuSeptember 10, 2022
Let's catch our breath while the Avatar: The Way of Water footage continues to roll. Here's what you may have missed from Marvel amid the rush of announcements.
Here's more about an Incredible return to the MCU in Captain America 4, a rundown of the behind-closed-doors footage from Loki season 2, and a look at the packed Thunderbolts cast. Enjoy!
Our man on the ground at D23 is here with the first reaction to new Avatar footage.
"Several scenes were shown, and the underwater sequences were mind-blowingly crisp. Also impressive was an action scene in a rainy forest by night, and the detail in the facial expressions has really come a long way."
Get your 3D glasses ready. Avatar: The Way of Water releases on December 16.
And that's a wrap! Thank you, as ever, for joining us on what's been a pulse-pounding three hours filled with all sorts of goodies. We've had the return of the King(pin), Loki footage, talk of Tales of the Jedi, a trailer for Willow, and much more besides that. Phew.
We'll leave you with one final look at the gorgeous world of Pandora from Avatar: The Way of Water.
Pandora’s beauty awaits.Brand-new concept art has arrived for #AvatarTheWayOfWater, in theaters December 16. pic.twitter.com/EymxRYJfDDSeptember 10, 2022