This year’s D23 convention will feature panels for Disney’s upcoming slate of films – including animated works, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the Star Wars galaxy. The studio holds the event every two years, using it as an opportunity to highlight what they have coming through the pipeline. Though the expo is somewhat smaller in scale when compared to something like San Diego Comic-Con, it still has been the site for some major reveals and news developments about the Mouse House’s movies. For instance, D23 2015 was where Colin Trevorrow was announced as the director for Star Wars: Episode IX and concept art for Doctor Strange was shown.
With all of the properties under Disney’s umbrella, there’s always a great deal of interest in their new movies, which typically are tremendous audience hits. As the MCU makes its way through Phase 3 and the great Star Wars renaissance continues, fans are eager to read any new nuggets on the company’s biggest blockbusters. It sounds like D23 2017 will be a hotbed of information for all corners of the Disney empire, as there will surely be something for everyone during that weekend.
In a release on the official D23 website, the schedule for this year’s convention was posted. On Friday, July 14, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar will host their presentation, which should include teases for this fall’s Coco, as well as next year’s Wreck-it Ralph sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Incredibles 2. The live-action productions take center stage the next day, with Disney’s own in-house lineup, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm being represented. Right now, specific titles that will be pushed are being kept under wraps, but it isn’t hard for fans to guess which films will be there.
It’s long been rumored that the young Han Solo spinoff will receive much attention at D23, especially since it was absent from this month’s Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Possibly, attendees will learn the film’s official title and perhaps see some early footage or stills. On the Marvel side of things, Black Panther is rumored to get its first trailer this summer, and Thor: Ragnarok could also be a top priority, since D23 takes place just four months before its premiere. Disney also has Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time adaptation and a slew of remakes of animated classics they can promote during the panel. It will be interesting to see what the studio chooses to spotlight, but there will surely be a lot of goodies in store.
Fascinatingly enough, Marvel Studios is also going to have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, which is just a week after D23. With that in mind, it’s possible that they save some more massive reveals for Hall H and offer a more subdued look at their Phase 3 entries for the D23 crowd. Kevin Feige has mentioned they’re not ready to unveil what comes beyond 2019, so whatever they have in store will be examining what’s on the horizon as opposed to the further future.