Disney crammed two weeks worth of news into two days this weekend with panels showcasing their entire upcoming slate, from animation to live-action. We got new details about A Wrinkle in Time, The Last Jedi, Aladdin, and Avengers: Infinity War, to name just a few. Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know…
A Wrinkle in Time
The first trailer for A Wrinkle in Time had fans both in the hall of D23 and across the world online gasping and applauding. Director Ava Duvernay (Selma) brought out her three celestial guides: Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey). In a moment of self-parody, Oprah even declared that everyone would get a poster (“YOU get a poster! And YOU get a poster!”) Read Marc Snetiker’s report and watch the trailer here.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
The Wreck-It Ralph sequel showed a clip of its video-game heroes uniting classic Disney princesses and characters from Star Wars. Here’s a full description of the hilarious scene — as well as news about Taraji P. Henson joining the movie as a trending-topic named Yesss.
As part of the Ralph Breaks the Internet presentation, Disney brought out all of the actresses who will be reprising their classic princess characters: Ariel, Belle, Tiana, Mulan, Pochahontas, Merida, Elsa, Anna, Moana, Rapunzel, and Jasmine …
The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson, director of this December’s continuation of the Star Wars saga, presented fans with a behind-the-scenes reel from The Last Jedi. Also, John Boyega said Finn would have another showdown with his old commander, Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma. Mark Hamill invoked a classic line from the original movie to say he was just glad not to be standing next to the 6-foot-3 actress. ““You think I’m too short for a Stormtrooper …?”
The Last Jedi analysis
EW also broke down The Last Jedi footage to highlight 30 mysteries, creatures, and curiosities in a new gallery. We’re worried about Chewbacca, folks. That Wookiee needs a new friend …
The Incredibles 2
Filmmaker Brad Bird revealed that Holly Hunter’s supermom, Helen, would take the lead role in a more Elastigirl-centric story in the 2018 sequel. The footage stunned (and burned and shocked) the D23 audience.
The Incredibles 2
As part of the Pixar presentation, Kendall Jenner, Heidi Klum and other fashionistas delivered a special tribute to superhero designer Edna Mode …
The Lion King
Disney debuted its first glimpse at footage from the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Lion King, with Donald Glover voicing Simba, James Earl Jones reprising his role as his father Mufasa, and The Jungle Book filmmaker Jon Favreau directing.
Disney revealed who will star in director Guy Ritchie’s live-action version of Aladdin — with Mena Massoud as the lamp-rubbing wishmaker and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.
Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel brought the house down — and a large celestial body — with a secret trailer for Avengers: Infinity War that showed the cosmic “Mad Titan” Thanos throwing a planet at Earth’s mightiest heroes. The footage wasn’t released publicly, but you can read our deep-dive description of the highlights …
Avengers: Infinity War villains
Marvel also revealed four new characters who will appear in Avengers: Infinity War — the “Black Order” children of Thanos. Four monstrous figures who enforce the death-dealer’s tyranical will on the galaxy.
Mary Poppins Returns
D23 got a spoonful of a surprise on Saturday with a glimpse at the first footage from Mary Poppins Returns — starring Emily Blunt as the magical nanny and Lin-Manuel Miranda as a new character, the lamplighter Jack. We also saw Dick Van Dyke, who used old-age make-up to play bank chairman Mr. Dawes in the 1964 original, reprising that role for the sequel.
Toy Story 4
John Lasseter announced that he would be stepping down as co-director of the upcoming Buzz and Woody adventure, leaving the 2019 movie fully in the hands of filmmaker Josh Cooley. Just as Andy passed his toys on to a little girl named Bonnie in Toy Story 3, the Pixar chief is doing the same with his protege.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Disney announced that The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Helen Mirren as the power-hungry Mother Ginger, will grand jeté into theaters on Nov. 2, 2018. We also got descriptions of the holiday-themed adventure’s new creatures …
Disney Toon Studios will be making a film tentatively titled “Space” — until a better name can be chosen. The April 2019 film was previewed in a sequence simply called “The Speed Test,” showing a jet shooting across a quiet desert landscape and up into the stratosphere.
Untitled Pixar Movie
Pixar’s film for either 2020 or 2021 will come from Monsters University director Dan Scanlon, who is creating a “suburban fantasy” set in a humanless world of elves, trolls, sprites, and other fantasy beasts and beings.
Star Wars theme parks
The Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World have a new name: Galaxy’s Edge. Here are details of the new attractions and rides. In Florida, they’re also building a Star Wars hotel, where guests will get a costume to wear and can interact with aliens and fellow Jedi and Sith in an immersive story.
The Last Jedi posters
A series of new teaser posters for the upcoming Star Wars film were released. We gather them all here and explore what director Rian Johnson says about the symbolism of the color red in the film.
Big Hero 6 animated series
Finally, Disney XD presented the opening sequence to its new animated series about the superhero force and cuddly, inflatable Baymax.