The 5 Most Exciting Announcements from D23 Expo

Here’s everything we’re looking forward to from the most magical corporate conglomerate on Earth.

We’ve gotten a lot of bad news from production companies lately, from Paper Girls’ unjust cancellation to HBO Max’s slow and painful death. So it’s nice to hear about confirmed, upcoming projects once in a while.

Disney’s annual D23 Expo was the chance for just that. Beginning on September 9, the weekend-long event was a chance for the company to showcase upcoming projects and unveil exclusive trailers.

What are we most excited for? We’ve rounded up our favorite announcements just for you.

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5. Disenchanted

Disney finally released a full trailer for Disenchanted during its live-action film panel at D23. No, not Disenchantment, the fantasy animated series over at NetflixDisenchanted, the sequel to 2007’s Enchanted with Amy Adams.

Much like Tangled: The Series, the long-overdue Enchanted sequel is about life after happily ever after. What happens when the adventure is over, the evil is defeated, and you have to deal with the ups and downs of home ownership? If you’re Giselle, the answer is “make a series of poorly thought-out wishes,” it seems.

4. Thunderbolts

The Thunderbolts lineup: Contessa, Ghost, Red Guardian, Yelena Belova, the Winter Soldier, US Agent, and Taskmaster.
The Thunderbolts lineup: Contessa, Ghost, Red Guardian, Yelena Belova, the Winter Soldier, US Agent, and Taskmaster. (Image: Andy Park/@andyparkart)

Marvel didn’t bring its A game to D23 Expo this year, at least from where we’re sitting. While we initially guessed that the company would save its new title announcements for September, most of its announcements actually happened back in July at SDCC.

We were really hoping for second-season confirmations of Moon Knight and Hawkeye, but we dreamed too big. Marvel didn’t announce anything new at D23, instead providing small details and sneak peeks of previously announced titles. Unfortunately, a lot of this came as exclusive footage, so those of us who didn’t attend in person are left out of the loop.

What those of us at home did get, though, was some snappy concept art for the upcoming film Thunderbolts. Savvy MCU fans might have noticed Julia Louis-Dreyfus popping up in end-credits scenes lately, forming her own team like Nick Fury did back in Phase One.

Her team, the Thunderbolts, unites a slew of former Avengers antagonists: Ghost, Red Guardian, Yelena Belova, the Winter Soldier, US Agent, and Taskmaster.

The movie won’t come out until 2024, though, so you’ve got plenty of time to watch Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Widow, and Falcon and the Winter Soldier if you want to catch up.

3. National Treasure: Edge of History

Disney+ has really been feeding the weird kids who spent the 2000s hiding in their school libraries and doing logic puzzles. First, it released a wonderful adaptation of The Mysterious Benedict Society, which returns for season two this October.

And now its next project is National Treasure: Edge of History, which comes to Disney+ on December 14. Everyone seems to be upset that the sequel series won’t include the original film’s Nicolas Cage, but we would argue that it doesn’t matter.

As this new trailer displays, it’s got the Benjamin Franklin glasses. It’s got Riley Poole. As long as you bring an enthusiasm for weird American history facts no one else cares about, you’re set. Maybe the real Nicolas Cage was inside your heart all along.

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Here’s another treat for those weird, bookish kids (and those who grew into weird, bookish adults): the first teaser for Percy Jackson and the Olympians at last.

The new Percy Jackson show promises a better experience than the ill-fated 2010 film starring Logan Lerman. For one, the titular son of Poseidon is played by an actual 13-year-old, Walker Scobell. Our first look at Camp Half-Blood, the summer camp-slash-home for the children of Greek gods, is also promising.

This new teaser wastes no time establishing Percy’s narration with that familiar warning: “Being a half-blood is dangerous. Most of the time, it gets you killed.” It’s a sentiment pulled right from the pages of the books, but after all these years, it almost feels weird to hear it spoken and not sung.

Listen, some people are really into Star Wars Lego sets. Some people memorize the name of every elf in the Silmarillion. And some of us cry when we listen to The Lightning Thief cast recording.

1. One more thing. . . .

Goose, the “cat” from Captain Marvel.
Goose, the “cat” from Captain Marvel.

One of our most-anticipated films of 2023 is The Marvels, the direct follow-up to Captain Marvel, WandaVision, and Ms. Marvel. You can expect to see Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan team up to save the day next July. But there’s one other hero whose appearance Marvel just confirmed.

Goose the cat. It’s Goose the cat. Or should we say, the flerken—the cuddly-but-terrifying alien whose tentacles cost Nick Fury his eye in the ’90s. Like we said, those of us at home weren’t treated to any footage from The Marvels just yet, but the teaser shown to the audience at D23 apparently featured a team up between Goose and Kamala.

Indulge some pontification from a comics nerd here—in the comics, [pushes up my glasses], Kamala/Ms. Marvel often teams up with Lockjaw, the Inhuman teleporting dog. That’s because, in the comics, Ms. Marvel is also an Inhuman. However, that’s not true in the MCU, because of many complicated factors and also because we’re all trying to pretend the Inhumans TV show didn’t exist.

So MCU Ms. Marvel is in desperate need of an animal sidekick. Will Goose fit the bill? We sure hope so.

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