Who can say for sure at this point, but who isn’t excited to make a few educated guesses? Based on what we have learned from San Diego Comic-Con and what has been shown a D23 past I have compiled a list of topics and the likelihood of what will be presented. D23 comes around every 2 years and is used by Disney to showcase all the new licenses, films, TV, theme park additions, and assorted Disney developments.
Disney+ Showcase – Friday – 3:30-5:00PM
Expect to hear a lot about Disney+ as this is one of the last major events that Disney will have to promote the new streaming service before it goes live in November. In addition to the Mandalorian which will launch on opening day, several Marvel films will also be available.
The Disney+ programs will be an attempt to change the way the MCU tells stories. Each of the Disney+ properties will be a “must-see” in connection with the continuity. Expect to hear a little more about what each series will be about and I would not be surprised at all if Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, and Elizabeth Olsen make an on-stage appearance. Tom Hiddleston might be in the area to make an appearance, he does like to wow the crowd as Loki (SDCC’s past.) With a trailer advertised for the Mandalorian, set to come out over D23, don’t plan on seeing any footage from any of the Marvel Disney+ programs.
At the very least I would expect to see a little concept art or something beyond just the logo for any of these titles. Speaking of concept art, I would be surprised if we didn’t see anything from Marvel: What If. It is not slated for release right away but given that the project will be animated it would make sense to see some of the character designs at least for the first announced episode which will focus on Agent Carter becoming a Super-Soldier and not Steve Rogers.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Panel – Friday – 3:00-4:00PM
ABC has announced that longtime fan favorite The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be coming to an end with the final 6th season. The series has film and wrapped its final season so this will likely be one of the last times that we see the whole crew together. It has been common to screen a premier and since this panel is over an hour it makes sense. It might not even be a whole episode but the intro like we saw during season 5. Expect to see the regular cast and the executive producers in attendance.
There have been rumors that Haley Atwell will make an appearance as Agent Carter and tie up any loose ends from the Agent Carter series since the idea of that show coming back seems to be long forgotten. This would be a headline announcement from this panel.
Feature Films Panel – Saturday – 10:00-12:00PM
Keeping in mind that the feature films presentation will be very limited with time as this event is shared with Star Wars which has a winter release and has had very little marketing thus far and other Disney films. Also, I’d expect this also to be a part of the victory lap for Avengers: Endgame. I expect to see the cast from Endgame at this panel, especially since RDJ is being made a Disney Legend during D23.
After that, this could go one of two ways: either we see a little more about what we heard in San Diego, something like the “tell” to what was “shown” at SDCC or something completely different. I expect the former over the latter.
Expect a Black Widow trailer or footage, will those of us not in attendance get to see this? No one knows for certain. D23 did mention that it wanted to stream its footage for those that were not able to attend the event but the nature and extent of that are unknown at this time. I certainly expect Scarlet Johansson to be there as this is a project that she has been wanting for a long time. I would also expect other members of the cast to be present as well. Beyond making a large showing for Black Widow, the rest of the phase 4 titles will likely only show off some concept art.
Depending on the time available the cast of both Shang-Chi and Eternals could make an appearance. It is likely that Angelina Jolie will already be there for Maleficent 2 and would stop by to say hello. Additionally, the Shang-Chi seems to be having a little trouble with the intended Chinese audience based on some of the castings. This might be a good opportunity to set things right with some of the naysayers, but Disney had been slow to change course on popular opinion especially this early in the game.
We get a full-on phase 5 announcement, that could include, but would not be limited to, the following, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, GOTG Vol. 3, Fantastic 4, Mutants, and Blade. Do not expect to hear a single thing about Spider-man. First, it’s Sony’s baby and not a Disney film. Second, it seems that Disney and Sony are having a difficult negotiation process about where to go after Far From Home. Third, even if Spider-man is totally out of the MCU, don’t expect Kevin Fiege to admit a lose.
Well, there you have it. What do you think? Are you expecting anything different? Let us know in the comments or on social media.