The Last Jedi
Where to begin? The Last Jedi panel at D23 showcased a fantastic sizzle reel, released emotive new posters, and revealed a few more details about the movie itself. The behind-the-scenes sizzle reel was fascinating to watch, giving a look at director Rian Johnson's ways of working, as well as the practical effects used; something that will be pleasing to fans. Some of the sets used are full-sized, as are some of the bigger pieces of equipment such as Poe Dameron's X-Wing and other ships. A lot of critters were also revealed; and some certainly look set to become hugely popular with fans. Canto Bight, the new planet that has already been revealed, looks as though it will host a wide variety of assorted creatures, and the 'porgs,' the long-rumored puffin-like animals who live on the island where Luke Skywalker now resides, were a reveal that particularly pleased fans. They are simply adorable, and we're fervently hoping for a plush version to be made.
We were also treated to a glimpse at almost all of The Last Jedi's characters in the reel, including Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern, with both sporting impressive costumes. Poe has a new jacket, and there's a change of color scheme for Rey's outfit in the sizzle reel, too. While she's busy tracking down Luke, Finn is pairing up with Rose (played by Kelly Marie Tran), with the duo seeming to undertake some kind of secret mission for the Resistance. Of course, there's also the late, great Carrie Fisher featured; she had completed filming on The Last Jedi shortly before her passing and will play an important part in the movie.
Finally, Disney released new character posters for The Last Jedi. With their faces only half-shown, each of the main characters are unmistakable, and the images are striking, particularly in their use of color. We're still none the wiser on the plot of the movie, of course; Disney isn't going to be giving away secrets anytime soon. We do know, though, that Luke and Rey are said to be the 'beating heart' of the film, and that Johnson says The Last Jedi will provide catharsis for Leia fans.
Avengers: Infinity War
The superhero movie to top them all, Avengers: Infinity War made for a spectacular panel at D23. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and have a lot to live up to, especially since the cast list for the movie is vast. But based on the footage shown, it seems as though they might just do it. Teasing a battle 'bigger than 25 airport scenes,' Anthony Mackie certainly has faith in their work, given that the airport battle scene in Civil War was impressive as it was. The teaser trailer shown might not be released anytime soon (depending on the definition of "soon"), but some interesting points to note from it include both Spider-Man and Captain America in new suits (and Cap with a beard), a blond Black Widow, and Tom Holland using his Spidey senses. Fans were also treated to glimpses of Iron Man working with the Guardians, and Thanos fighting Doctor Strange, Star-Lord, and Iron Man.
A lot of destruction was also teased, along with the return of Loki and Thor. All-in-all, there's a lot to look forward to with Infinity War, and Marvel doesn't look set to disappoint at all. With a lot of the cast present for the Expo, we were also treated to a lot of teasers from them, too, including Paul Bettany saying the Avengers are too busy with more important matters (fighting Thanos, presumably) to fight among themselves. Don Cheadle teased War Machine's return, Josh Brolin promised an emotional side to Thanos (really), and Dave Bautista says there's going to be great chemistry between Drax and Iron Man. We can't wait for that.
Toy Story 4 will be directed by Josh Cooley on his own, and not in collaboration with John Lasseter as previously advised.
We learned precisely nothing about Frozen 2; we already knew it was arriving in 2019. We did, however, get Josh Gad and Kristen Bell giving a live performance of one of the songs from the upcoming Olaf short, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, which will play in front of Coco, later this year.
The director of Monster's University, Dan Scanlon, will direct an upcoming original Pixar movie about two teenage trolls who lost their father at a young age. The little remaining magic left in the world allows them one last, special day with him. That sounds like a tear-jerker if ever we heard one.
Mulan has a new release date; the movie has shifted from its previously announced November 2018 release date to make way for The Nutcracker, which seems far more ahead in proceedings. Meanwhile, Mulan now goes back to 2019, with the exact date still to be confirmed.
Last but not least... The untitled Han Solo movie. We're still in the dark, and it still doesn't have a title. Its total absence at D23 was noticeable, but with its release date still unchanged from May, 2018, we must surely get some more info soon.
Of the many things teased and released at D23, what did you like the most? What are you looking forward to finally seeing on the big screen? Let us hear about it in the comments!
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) release date: Nov 02, 2018
- Dumbo (2019) release date: Mar 29, 2019
- The Lion King (2019) release date: Jul 19, 2019
- Incredibles 2 (2018) release date: Jun 15, 2018
- Ralph Breaks the Internet/Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) release date: Nov 21, 2018
- A Wrinkle In Time (2018) release date: Mar 09, 2018
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Toy Story 4 (2019) release date: Jun 21, 2019
- Mary Poppins Returns (2018) release date: Dec 19, 2018
- Frozen II (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019
- Mulan (2020) release date: Mar 27, 2020
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018