From Percy Jackson, The Little Mermaid, and more, the new trailers Disney dropped during the D23 Expo definitely got us buzzing.
Christmas is more than three months away from now. But for many Disney fans, their holidays came early during the recently held D23 Expo in California over the weekend. The event is known to be a major source of news for new projects and reveals from the House of Mouse, and this one being extra special with the company celebrating its 100th anniversary.
As in years past, Disney had a lot to reveal during the event, especially with the plethora of properties they own. Among other things, we got a new look at Pixar’s Elemental. New films like the Lion King prequel, Mufasa: The Lion King, Wish, and Inside Out 2 were announced. Anticipated titles like Snow White, Loki season 2, and Indiana Jones 5 had new looks, some of which were exclusive to those in attendance (so far).
We got announcements and news for MCU projects such as the reveal of the cast of Thunderbolts and WandaVision director Matt Shakman directing Fantastic Four. Oh, and Idina Menzel was rightfully named the latest Disney legend. And with all the drops that came over the weekend, that included new trailers to some of Disney’s most anticipated movies, shows, and titles. If you missed any of it though, we’ve got you covered. We rounded-up the biggest ones from the D23 Expo that you should see.
The long, long awaited Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted, is finally coming, and we also got our first look at it with a new trailer. Set after the events of the first movie, Giselle, Robert, and Morgan decide to move to the suburb of Monroeville to build a new life for themselves. But when Giselle decides to wish for that fairytale life, their world get turned upside down and threatens to not only destroy her family, but the Kingdom of Andalasia. Based on the trailer, it seems that Giselle might become the bad guy in the movie, which is interesting to say the least. The movie also getting only a Disney+ release instead of a theatrical one has also raised some eyebrows. But were still hopeful that Disenchanted still retains the magic of the original classic. The film arrives on Disney+ on November 24.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
Arguably the biggest trailer to come out of D23 this year, we finally got our first look of Disney’s live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Starring Halle Bailey, we find Ariel in her special place as she sings Part of Your World. And while racists can get mad that Ariel, who is fictional and part fish, is black, we can celebrate this moment for representation and what is already shaping up to be a memorable performance from Halle Bailey. And by the way, the crowd at D23 saw the full scene and gave Halle a standing ovation, so yeah, it’s going to be good. The film has a release date of May 26, 2023.
PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS
The highly anticipated series adaption of the beloved book series got it’s very first teaser trailer. While the trailer doesn’t show much, it does see Percy (Walker Scobell) arriving at Camp Half-Blood as the trailer’s narration lays the groundwork for the upcoming danger and adventure Percy is going to go on. Already, from Percy being closer to his age in the book, the T-shirts, and how the camp looks, we have a feeling Percy Jackson will finally get the adaption it deserves. Joining Scobell in the series is Leah Sava Jeffries who plays Annabeth Chase and Aryan Simhadri who is taking on Grover Underwood.
After spending years up in space, Nick Fury is finally back on earth. And this time, he’s preparing for an invasion. Based on the popular comic series of the same name, the show follows Fury as he prepares for an impending assault from the Skrulls, a race of shape-shifting aliens first introduced in the MCU in Captain Marvel. Based on the first trailer for the show, Nick Fury’s return to the MCU is going to be filled with drama, thrills, suspense, and a whole lot of guessing. And given the implications that the Skrulls may have on the main Marvel universe, this series might deliver some major shake ups for the MCU. The series is set to premiere in 2023.
WEREWOLF BY NIGHT
Heading into D23, we were expecting announcements from Marvel, which we got plenty of. But what we didn’t expect was this interesting special from the MCU. Serving as Marvel’s first ever holiday special, Werewolf By Night is their offering for the Halloween season. For those who don’t know, Werewolf By Night is based on the 1970s comic of the same name that followed Jack Russel, a man who could turn into a werewolf. That comic was also known as the introduction of Moon Knight, but were doubtful he’ll appear here. (Then again, you can never know).
Based on the trailer, it looks like we’re getting an IRL game of Werewolf as a group of hunters track down Jack, played by Gael Garcia Bernal. The black and white filter and the classic horror movie narration has us thinking we’re getting a classic horror movie, Marvel style, as well as their latest foray into the genre following Doctor Strange 2. The special streams on Disney+ beginning October 7.
THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 3
We’re getting more Grogu in our lives, which is always a good thing. With season three of The Mandalorain upon us, we have a sense of where this new chapter is going to take us. Following the revelations of the Boba Fett series, Mando and Grogu are now traveling the galaxy as the bounty hunter tries to reclaim his heritage. But his path to redemption won’t be easy, especially now that Mando no longer has the Dark Saber and it looks like Bo-Katan Kryze has some unfinished business with him. It will definitely be interesting to see where this new season goes given how Mandalore is being given a greater focus.
STAR WARS: TALES OF THE JEDI
No, we aren’t getting a new Clone Wars animated series. But we are getting the next best thing with Stars Wars: Tales of The Jedi. This new series is composed of animated shorts that follow different stories of the Jedi during the prequel era. Based on the trailer, it seems that we’ll be getting episodes based on Ahsoka Tano’s past and early years as a Padawan, as well as Count Dooku back when he was a Jedi, which honestly sounds so cool. We were already interested with the plot and the trailer pretty much got us hooked. The series premieres on Disney+ on October 26.
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