This post contains minor spoilers for future Disney projects.
When Disney returned to San Diego Comic-Con after a long absence, the event was well-received, with MCU president Kevin Feige revealing the franchises' next two phases. Heroes from a faraway galaxy also got an attention earlier this year at Star Wars Celebration, which included the announcement of a new series from Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts and a teaser for the upcoming show Andor.
The Disney Star Expo is a three-day event that runs from September 9 to September 11 to drum up interest for the Mouse House's latest offerings. While there are new animated films and theme park attractions, the greatest news from D23 will be during the Marvel and Lucasfilm studio showcase on Saturday.
As with previous events, Disney has not revealed which franchises and releases they plan to discuss, but we may make a few educated guesses.
D23 is a promotional campaign that aims to entice people to watch Disney TV programs and movies. For that reason, Lucasfilm may devote some time to Andor, which will launch on September 21. Although it is unlikely that Lucasfilm will release another trailer, a sizzle reel or even a scene from the first episode might be appropriate.
The Bad Batch Season 2
The Bad Batch, a popular The Clone Wars sequel, will reportedly be released on September 28. New episodes will focus on the aftermath of the Crosshairs' betrayal of the Batch and the possibility of a return. Since we got the trailer for the second season of Celebration, it seems more likely that we'll get a few scenes from the first episode.
The Mandalorian Season 3
The Mandalorian may be the most popular Star Wars film of recent years, but we still know very little about the hit series' third season. This should change at D23! At the very least, Disney should be prepared to officially announce a premiere date, something more stringent than February 2023. However, one should be presented exclusively for Celebration audiences last spring.
Season three of Jon Favreau and Filoni has indicated a redemption arc as Mando tries to rebuild his clan's respects after removing his helmet in previous seasons. The show will also have to deal with the consequences of Din winning the Darksaber over Bo-Katan. Does this mean Din will be the new Mandalor? How does Bo-Katan react to this?
There will be a lot of information about Grogu, but everyone will keep referring to him as Baby Yoda.
Ahsoka, Skeleton Crew, Damon Lindelof?
Lucasfilm is working on a slew of other Star Wars projects, including a second volume of animated series Visions and the debut of Tales of the Jedi, as well as live-action shows Ahsoka, Skeleton Crew, and The Acolyte. If any of these shows make a comeback, it would most likely be Ahsoka, which will be released next spring, after The Mandalorian season 3 of Celebration, which suggests that the company may develop a new one for
Fans are also interested in finding out more about Jon Watts' Skeleton Crew and The Acolyte, which was just announced to be directed by Amandla Stenberg. But perhaps the most exciting Star Wars hint is the rumored project from Lost and Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof. Hopefully, this new project will receive an official announcement, rather than a title or release date.
What happened to Taika Waititis' Star Wars film? We'll probably never know until D23.
Indiana Jones 5
Indiana Jones will certainly make an appearance over the weekend, given his inclusion on the official D23 poster since the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. Despite the planned release date of June 30, 2023, director James Mangold said in March that he thought the project might be too short for a trailer. That's not clear, but we can expect at least a title for the latest Dr. Jones adventure.
Fantastic Four and X-Men
The Fantastic Four and the X-Men have been known for a long time as MCU members. However, after years of silence, the last few months have been flooded with new information. Not only did Kevin Feige announce a Fantastic Four film at the start of Phase 6, but also alternate reality versions of Professor X and Reed Richards appeared in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Ms. Marvel was revealed to be a mutant.
The whole cast of Marvels is looking set to move two of their most famous properties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means we may soon get some official announcements. With Fantastic Four coming soonest, and WandaVisions Matt Shakman reportedly tapped for the directors chair, its near certain that the main cast will be announced. Will that include a bonus of Doctor Doom?
With The Mandalorians Giancarlo Esposito mentioned as Cyclops, Top Gun: Maverick standout Glen Powell as Cyclops, and Both Harry Potters Daniel Radcliffe and The Boys Karl Urban as Wolverine, it may be too early to get official information about one or two characters.
Before Marvel released the stunning trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it was already the most anticipated superhero film in the MCU. The excitement only intensified as everyone was reminded that Ryan Coogler continues to be an incredible director.
After the tragic death of star Chadwick Boseman, the main character in the film has remained a mystery. Although rumors have pointed to Shuri as the next Black Panther, Feige and Coogler have been hesitant to confirm. However, we were likely to learn more about the new characters introduced for this film, including great anti-hero Namor the Sub-mariner and Iron Man successor Riri Williams, who will star in her own series Ironheart.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
The most significant issue facing the MCU is the lack of focus, since the universe has neither an official Avengers lineup nor a big bad to follow Thanos. As a result of this, we will likely see more of Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conquerer, briefly mentioned at the end of Loki, and the official antagonist of Ant-Man and the Wasp in Quantumania. However, do not expect Bill Murray, who will co-star in an unidentified role, to share the stage.
Secret Invasion, the huge event series on Disney+, will likely be addressed. Starring Samuel L. Jacksons Nick Fury, the film tells us that shape-shifting Skrulls have already invaded Earth and must assemble a team to defeat them. Despite the lack of a formal teaser, there will likely be some indication of the next generation of Avengers.
Upcoming Marvel Projects
Save for James Gunn's very active Twitter feed, we dont know that much about the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special coming at the end of the year, nor about Vol. 3, which will be released in theaters in 2023 (though it will be difficult to top actor Chukwudi Iwujis SDCC's role as the High Evolutionary).
Charlie Cox has been receiving a lot of attention lately with confirmations for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Echo. No other information has been released, not even about his co-stars Elden Henson and Deborah Ann Woll, who played Foggy Nelson and Karen Page on the Netflix show. It's possible to get more confirmation about Netflix carryovers, such as Krysten Ritters Jessica Jones.
People want to know more about Deadpool 3 and Blade. Both projects are currently in the early stages of preproduction, and there's been a lot of speculation about how these R-rated characters will work in the lightly PG-13 MCU. So far, Marvel has done its best to ensure fans of the properties that they'll keep their edge, and Feige will probably not use the family-friendly D23 event to provide any further information.