After a surprise presentation at the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios and Disney are promising an "epic" return at the D23 Expo 2022.
Marvel Studios effectively "won" the San Diego Comic-Con after being absent for three years. The announcements of the projected slate for Phase 5 and Phase 6 had overshadowed every other major pop culture news at the time, particularly Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars.
But it appears that it was only a taste of what is in store for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with what promises to be a packed D23 Expo.
What new revelations does Marvel have up its sleeve? And what about Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise? Check out the details parent company Disney has released so far about D23 below.
According to the official D23 website, fans will have the opportunity to explore a Marvel Studios Pavilion. This will be held at the show floor of the D23 Expo and will include costume displays, exclusive Marvel giveaways, a photo activation, and more surprises in store.
JUST ANNOUNCED: @Marvel makes an epic return to #D23Expo with thrilling lineup of panels, events, first looks, and more: https://t.co/2gNsDGiD2h pic.twitter.com/YWnI1obmvy
— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) August 2, 2022
There will also be shopDisney booth stocked with Marvel merchandise. Avengers, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy will be available for purchase, along with related products at retailer booths.
Interestingly, X-Men and Fantastic Four merchandise are not mentioned specifically. There are rumors that D23 will have news about the inevitable mutant-related projects and the Fantastic Four film that were missing from the SDCC presentation.
Panels to be held
The official press release from Disney lists the following as the confirmed events and specifics, as of this date:
- Marvel DRAW Live!
Schedule: Friday, September 9, 2–2:30 p.m. PT and Saturday, September 10, 1:30–2 p.m. PT
Location: D23 Expo Live! Stage
Join Brian Crosby, Marvel’s Director of Themed Entertainment, for a real-time, step-by-step tutorial session on how to draw some of Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains!
- Hall D23 Presentation
Schedule: Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. PT
Location: Hall D23
As previously announced, filmmakers, celebrity talent, and surprise guests from Marvel Studios will join Lucasfilm and others onstage in Hall D23 to showcase theatrical and Disney+ titles. Going behind the scenes of these studios’ highly anticipated films, specials, and series, attendees will see exclusive footage and be among the first to learn what’s in the works.
- Marvel Comics: Celebrating 60 Years of the Amazing Spider-Man
Schedule: Saturday, September 10, 2–3 p.m. PT
Location: Backlot Stage
Celebrate sixty spectacular, sensational, web-slinging years of Spider-Man! From his humble debut in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, he wall-crawled his way to international super-stardom. Now, join Marvel’s Executive Spider-Editor Nick Lowe and Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski as they team up to trace the comics history of the web-head across six decades—and BEYOND! Tantalizing trivia about the webbed wonder will be shared in this can’t-miss panel, so be sure to swing by! Fans attending will also receive a special exclusive giveaway (while supplies last), to be revealed in the coming weeks!
- Signings with Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Nick Lowe
Schedule: Saturday, September 10, 5:30–6:30 p.m. PT
Location: Talent Central
Swing by Talent Central to meet Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Spider-Editor Nick Lowefor a signing opportunity!
The press release for D33 Expo also mentions that there will be additional details, including current and future plans for Marvel Games, as the event gets closer.
Although the SDCC panel revealed most of the film slate for the next major phases of the MCU, there were surprisingly only two trailers shown: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Given that Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special is going to effectively close the current Phase 4, the absence of teasers or full trailers for this and the first few Phase 5 projects was surprising.
However, it is likely that Marvel Studios president and chief creative officer Kevin Feige reserved the first looks of GotG: Holiday Special, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Marvels, and Secret Invasion for the D23 Expo.
Unfortunately, the D23 Expo is sold out and no additional tickets are planned to be sold. However, select presentations will be available for streaming for members of D23. More information will be provided at the official website in the coming weeks. Users of the D23 Expo app will also be notified through updates.
D23 Expo will begin with a kickoff on September 9, 2022.