D23 Exposition

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D23 Exposition

Leslie Chen, Staff Writer

Last week, Disney held its biannual exposition event called the D23 Expo. In a series of conventions, the company revealed many new ideas regarding its theme parks, movies, and TV shows. Here is some of the exciting news that was revealed.

Marvel

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) disclosed many announcements about its movies and TV shows. One exciting announcement was the confirmed release of Black Panther 2. The sequel to the highly-successful superhero film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 22, 2022, and will return with its original director, Ryan Coogler. Additionally, the company gave details about some of its new Disney+ shows. Studio President Kevin Feige announced new shows starring female heroines, including She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight, making up for the studio’s lack of inclusivity over the past ten years. Because most of the shows haven’t started filming yet, Feige was unable to give too many details away. The one exception, however, was the animated series “What If…”, which will take one key element from a Marvel movie and change it, thus completing altering the course of the film.

Pixar

After years dominated by sequels like Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2, Pixar is finally back doing what it does best: fascinating, original stories. At the convention, the company announced its plans for new, animated movies. First up in March 2020 is Onward, a film about two brothers who quest through a once-magical land to use a spell to bring their dead father back to life. Next up in 2020 is Soul, a movie about a middle school jazz teacher (voiced by Jamie Foxx) who becomes separated from his soul, so another soul (voiced by Tina Fey) steps in to help them reunite. According to Pixar, both these films plan to bring light to serious issues in a family-friendly way, making it a big step for the company.

Disney Parks

Aside from movies and TV shows, Disney also announced new renovations to one of its major theme parks, the Epcot Center. Beginning in the next few years, the park can expect a new Moana-themed water experience, the first Mary Poppins attraction, a backward Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, a Ratatouille ride, and much more. 

Star Wars

As one of the company’s largest and most successful franchises, there were lots to be announced about Star Wars. Disney released new clips from upcoming projects like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian, exciting millions of fans worldwide. If that wasn’t enough, actor Ewan McGregor officially declared that he would be coming back to his role as Obi-Wan after years of vague answers to questions about returning to Star Wars

D23 provides the perfect experience for fans to learn more about their favorite franchises, meet up with actors, and come together as a community. Whatever the case, it’s obvious that Disney fans will continue to stay very, very busy!

 

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