We’re still reeling from Marvel Studios’ massive announcements in Hall H at Comic-Con last week, but we also need to talk about the studio’s next convention appearance. Marvel will be at D23 Expo next month and we now have official details on where and when we can expect to see the studio throughout the weekend.
D23 Expo runs from Friday, August 23, through Sunday, August 25. There will be a Marvel Studios Pavillion on the main show floor throughout the weekend. It will feature an exclusive video experience allowing fans to “step inside the action of Avengers: Endgame.” There will also be daily trivia games for prizes.
The Marvel Studios Pavillion will also feature a costume gallery. It will undoubtedly lean heavily on Avengers: Endgame, but the official announcement mentions the Marvel Cinematic Universe and does not specify any one film.
We could see costumes from Black Widow and/or The Eternals, if Marvel Studios has some it can afford to not have on set. Black Widow is in production now and The Eternals is gearing up, however, so costumes may not be available for D23 Expo.
Marvel Studios will also host panel conversations with filmmakers and artists inside the Pavillion, along with talent signings. It sounds like the Marvel Studios Visual Development Team will be there. Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. will be at D23 Expo for the Disney Legends ceremony, so one or both of them could appear as well. The talent signings will likely feature actors who appear during Marvel Studios’ portion of The Walt Disney Studios Hall D23 presentation, set for Saturday, August 24, from 10:00am to 12:00pm PST.
The Walt Disney Studios Hall D23 presentation will include “a peek at exciting projects from Marvel Studios” and attendees will see “exclusive footage, special guest appearances, and more.” The guest appearances will come from whichever projects Marvel Studios highlights, obviously. Black Widow and The Eternals will probably be mentioned again, so we could see new cast members announced for either of those films.
Marvel Studios just announced everything it’s doing through 2021. The Hall D23 presentation will offer new information, which could come in the form of additional details on the already-announced Phase Four projects, or perhaps Marvel will take us deeper into its upcoming slate. We could know what the studio is doing through 2022, or even 2023. If any new films or Disney+ series are announced, we could see guests from those, depending on where the studio is at with casting.
We should temper our expectations for announcements just a bit. Marvel Studios could go big, like last weekend, but remember that the Hall H presentation was 90 minutes just for Marvel Studios. The Hall D23 presentation is 120 minutes, divided between Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, The Walt Disney Studios, The Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Pixar. It may also include Fox. Marvel Studios will have new announcements, but probably not as many as we saw at SDCC since the studio will not have anywhere close to as much stage time.
The exclusive footage will have to come from Black Widow, as it is the only Marvel Studios film or series that is or will be in production before D23. Marvel could show the same Black Widow footage from SDCC, but that would be a bit anticlimactic so there will probably be something new and exclusive to D23. There could also be a concept art reel for The Eternals or Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, similar to what Marvel did for Doctor Strange back at the 2015 D23 Expo.
Marvel (but not specifically Marvel Studios) has been announced for the Disney+ presentation on Friday, August 23. The presentation may not offer much from Marvel Studios, however, as it will focus more on the original series and movies that will be available on Disney+ at launch. Marvel Studios has already announced several Disney+ series, none of which will be on Disney+ until The Falcon and The Winter Soldier arrives in fall 2020.
D23 Expo will also offer a preview of Marvel’s expanding presence in Disney Parks, via the “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” Pavilion on the show floor. The Pavillion will “give fans a unique look at Tony Stark’s latest plans to recruit guests to join alongside the Avengers in fully immersive areas filled with action and adventure in Hong Kong, Paris, and California.” While there was no mention of it in the official press release, Marvel’s presence in the “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” Pavillion hints at Marvel also being featured in the Disney Parks Hall D23 Presentation on Sunday, August 25.
There will be additional Marvel (not Studios) panels at D23 Expo, the details of which you can see below.
How to Draw the Marvel Way
Friday, August 23, 3:30 p.m. PT, and Saturday, August 24, 3 p.m. PT, Center Stage
Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, Creative Director of Themed Entertainment Brian Crosby, and some of Marvel’s top artists take you step by step through a creative tutorial on how to draw your favorite Marvel characters!
Marvel Animation’s Venom Invasion and a World Premiere!
Friday, August 23, 6 – 7 p.m. PT, Stage 28
Join Marvel Animation for an exciting panel full of sneak peeks, special guests, and big announcements, including scoop on fan-favorite series Marvel’s Spider-Man and the world premiere of the new Marvel Rising special Battle of the Bands!
MARVEL COMICS: Marvel 80th Anniversary
Saturday, August 24, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. PT, Stage 28
Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort take you through the amazing, incredible, and uncanny history of Marvel Comics! Get the inside scoop on the House of Ideas—from Captain America to Captain Marvel! As part of Marvel’s 80th anniversary celebration this year, this commemorative panel looks back at the history of the Marvel Universe, honoring the iconic characters and timeless stories that have inspired fans all around the world. Marvel will continue celebrating this milestone with its characters and fans in exciting ways all year—from comics and games, to digital shows, toys, collectibles, and more.
It is great to see Marvel’s presence at D23 Expo expanding this year. We may not know exactly what we’ll see from Marvel Studios, but we know there will be plenty to look at and learn. If you need me, I’ll be in the Marvel Studios Pavillion when I’m not in Hall D23!