This weekend, Marvel will be on the D23 Expo stage.
Fans of all Disney-owned properties are preparing for a flurry of announcements, trailers, and other unexpected revelations during this weekend’s fan convention, D23 Expo 2022, which is just around the horizon.
Several panels will be hosted throughout the three-day event in Anaheim, California, including one from Marvel Studios. It starts on Friday, September 9.
The Disney affiliate is anticipated to release a tonne of fresh material related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You’ll want to buckle up for the two-hour extravaganza later this week since we anticipate that D23 Expo 2022 will have a tonne of news on the MCU Phase 4, Marvel Phase 5, and Phase 6 projects.
What can we anticipate from Marvel Studios when Kevin Feige, the director of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, speaks on Saturday, September 10? Six items that we want to see at Marvel’s Hall H panel are listed below. This includes MCU films (while you’re here, check out our hub listing the Marvel movies in sequence), Disney Plus programmes we already know about, some we know little about, and a few surprises that just could have people talking around the world.
1.Trailers, trailers, and more trailers
Marvel has five movies, two Disney Plus specials, and maybe six TV programmes planned for release in the next 15 months alone, so fans will have enough to watch until the end of 2023.
So what better venue than D23 Expo 2022 to debut the first video to the general audience for some of those productions? Exclusive teasers for Secret Invasion, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania were only revealed to attendees of the Marvel Comic-Con 2022 panel. Then, wouldn’t it be amazing if those trailers were made available online so that those who couldn’t attend could enjoy some fresh material and get excited about those projects?
MCU sources have said that Secret Invasion will be seen by the world’s Marvel fans for the first time, and we’re sure that a Black Panther: Wakanda Forever official trailer will be unveiled both during the event and online as well. Only two months remain till the last Phase 4 movie opens in theaters.
There will undoubtedly be further teasers and sizzle reels displayed during D23 Expo, but we don’t believe they will be made available to the general public. Attendees, who will likely get first glances at The Marvels, Echo, Ironheart, and Loki season 2, which are all presently filming or undergoing reshoots, are our best guesses. Just don’t hold your breath for any potential web teasers for such projects.
2.Disney Plus gets a special launch announcement
With barely three months till Christmas and fewer than six weeks until Halloween, Marvel has yet to reveal the dates for the next Disney Plus Holiday specials.
A terrifying TV special called Werewolf by Night, which will be produced and directed by Michael Giacchino (Spider-Man: No Way Home, Lightyear), is still anticipated to arrive in time for Halloween. At D23 Expo, maybe Marvel will finally reveal when it will be streamable on Disney Plus.
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special ought to arrive before the holiday season. Marvel has not yet provided a release date for its arrival on Disney’s streaming service, and the D23 Expo is the company’s final opportunity to do so in front of the general public. Let’s hope we also find out more about the premiere date for this special.
3.Cast announcements for Phase 5
Half of Marvel’s Phase 5 film schedule consists of Blade, Captain America: New World Order, and Thunderbolts, but we still don’t know much about the actors cast in each superhero film.
The D23 Expo is the ideal venue for the studio to formally announce the casts of each film. While we recently covered who may be a part of the Thunderbolts, or Marvel’s anti-hero/villain band that might sub in for the Avengers for a Phase or two, leakers have already hinted at who might join Mahershala Ali’s Blade in the vampire anti-hero’s movie revival.
The time is here for Marvel to announce the casts of these three films, which are presently scheduled to hit theatres between November 2023 and July 2024. Given the impending start dates of all three projects, let’s learn more about the actors who will be the newest additions to the MCU’s growing cast of leading and supporting roles.
Lastly, with relation to cast announcements…
4.A great occasion to debut Marvel’s enduring foursome
Since the beginning of 2022, the Fantastic Four film relaunch by Marvel has been the subject of several casting speculations on the internet. More recently, many MCU insiders have asserted that they are aware of the casting decisions for The Thing, The Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and Mister Fantastic.
The optimum moment for Marvel to reveal the cast of their highly anticipated MCU Phase 6 film looks to be right now as it is scheduled to arrive in theatres in November 2024. Additionally, the movie’s new director should be made public by the company because the former one, Jon Watts, left the project earlier this year.
Until the Disney-owned business makes the cast of Marvel’s Fantastic Four movie public, rumours will continue to swirl about who will feature in it. Therefore, it should just go ahead and reveal at D23 Expo who will portray the famous quartet in the MCU. For a few months, it won’t have a better opportunity to do so, so Marvel, please end our suffering.
5.Developing Phase 6
Speaking of Marvel’s Phase 6 slate, we only know about three of the films that will be a part of it: Fantastic Four, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and Avengers: Secret Wars.
Eight movie slots in the Phase 6 timetable remain to be shot, the company stated at Comic-Con 2022. Currently, four movies are anticipated to hit theatres between mid- and late 2024, two in the spring (March to May) 2025, and two in the summer (June to August).
Even while we don’t anticipate Marvel to provide information on every one of those movies, we’d be shocked if it didn’t do so for the first four. The obvious candidates would be Doctor Strange 2 and Shang-Chi sequels, as well as Eternals, the latter of which has been speculated to earn a sequel despite being one of the worst MCU films ever produced.
However, there are alternative options. The possibility of a World War Hulk movie or a standalone film starring the beloved character Nova has been raised by Marvel leakers. Other possibilities include a third Black Panther movie, a fifth Thor solo movie, and the long-overdue X-Men/Mutants MCU movie. Sincerity be told, we’d be down with any of those initiatives as long as they were revealed this weekend.
There’s also a chance that Phase 6 may include new Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney Plus shows. It’s feasible to get the green light for a spin-off focused on Shang-Chi’s 10 Rings organization, a programme based on obscure hero Wonder Man, and potential follow-up seasons to Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and Ms Marvel. Once more, we don’t anticipate all of these to be disclosed
6. Give us an update on Armor Wars
Poor Armor Wars. The forthcoming Disney Plus show, which will star Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes/War Machine, must feel like the black sheep of the family at this point, what with the lack of updates surrounding it.
At Comic-Con 2022, the spin-off series, which will have Rhodey deal with what happens when Tony Stark’s technology is misused, was conspicuously absent. Marvel hasn’t given an update on it either for a while, and there was so much anxiety that it had been cancelled that the showrunner, Yassir Lester, had to use social media to reassure people that it was still in production.
Given that it was announced back in December 2020, it’s about time we learned more about Armor Wars – more specifically, whether it’s still being developed and, if so, whether it’ll be part of Phase 5 or 6. Give us something, Marvel, for Rhodey’s sake.