With Comic-Con on the horizon, you may have forgotten about another expo that’s just as hypeable: the D23 Expo. Considering Disney is now also the proud owner of other properties like Marvel and Lucasfilm, there was plenty to get excited about this past weekend in Anaheim, CA, where we learned a ton about upcoming Disney releases, especially on the movie side of things.
As far as animated films go, we can look forward to a film about the history of aviation, Toy Story 4, Wreck-It Ralph 2, a Frozen spinoff focusing on Olaf, and The Incredibles 2. Although many of these movies won’t be released for some time, it looks like there are some great sequels and original films in our future.
On the live-action side, we got to hear about the upcoming adaptation for A Wrinkle in Time. The movie, based on the popular fantasy novel by Madeleine L'Engle, will star Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey, and will be directed by the amazing Ava DuVernay, which sounds great on paper... but oh man, just check out this epic trailer!
We’ve also got a slate of animated movies coming to us that are getting turned into live-action films. We saw it happen with The Jungle Book, and now you can plan for similar releases of The Lion King, Dumbo, and Aladdin. Apparently a live-action Simba makes for an adorable kitty.
But what D23 attendees where probably most excited about was the behind-the-scenes footage from the forthcoming addition to the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi. Unfortunately, no new plot details were revealed, but eagle-eyed superfans were probably able to take some guesses based on the BTS reel! For the rest of us, we’ll just have to wait until December 15 to see the full movie.
Finally, the day closed out with announcements from Marvel. Tons of actors came out on stage, including Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey, Jr. The big moment of the night came when the teaser trailer for “Avengers: Infinity War” played, which will hopefully be released to the public during Comic-Con. But as for now, it looks like May 2018 can’t come soon enough...