D23 Expo 2022 is just around the corner, and fans of all Disney properties are gearing up for a series of announcements, trailers and other surprise reveals during this weekend’s fan convention.
The three-day event, which begins Friday, September 9, will feature multiple panels in Anaheim, California – including a presentation by Marvel Studios.
The Disney subsidiary is expected to reveal tons of new content about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). We expect there to be a lot of news about the MCU Phase 4, Marvel Phase 5, and Phase 6 projects at D23 Expo 2022, so you’ll want to get ready for the two-hour spectacle later this week.
So what can we expect from Marvel Studios when MCU boss Kevin Feige takes the stage on Saturday, September 10th? Below, we’ve listed six things we want to see during Marvel’s Hall H panel. This includes MCU movies – check out our Marvel movies in the ordering hub while you’re here – and Disney Plus shows we already know about, some of which we know little about, and some surprises that could leave tongues around the world.
1. Trailers, trailers, trailers
In the next 15 months alone, Marvel plans to release five movies, two Disney Plus specials, and potentially six TV shows, so fans can eat well by the end of 2023.
What better time, then, to show the first public images of some of these productions than at D23 Expo 2022? Those who attended the Marvel Comic-Con 2022 panel were exclusively shown teasers for Secret Invasion, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Wouldn’t it be great, then, if these trailers were released online, so that non-participants could enjoy some new content and start getting excited about these projects?
MCU insiders have hinted that Marvel’s global fanbase will get their first look at Secret Invasion, while we’re confident that an official trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be revealed at the event. and online too. The final Phase 4 movie is just two months away from theatrical release, so it’s time for Marvel to give us a fresh look at the long-awaited sequel.
There should be other reels and teasers shown at the D23 Expo, but we suspect they won’t be made publicly available. If we had to guess, we’d say attendees will get exclusive glimpses into The Marvels Season 2, Echo, Ironheart, and Loki, which are currently filming or undergoing reshoots. Just don’t hold your breath as possible teasers for these projects will be released online.
2. Disney Plus special release date revealed
It’s less than six weeks to Halloween and just three months to Christmas, but Marvel still has not announced release dates for its upcoming Disney Plus holiday specials.
Werewolf by Night, an upcoming spooky TV special directed by score composer Michael Giacchino (Spider-Man: No Way Home, Lightyear) should still be with us in time for Halloween. Fortunately, Marvel will finally announce when it will be available to stream on Disney Plus at the D23 Expo.
In the meantime, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special should be with us in time for the festive period. Again, Marvel hasn’t confirmed when it will arrive on Disney’s streaming service, and the D23 Expo marks the last opportunity for Marvel to announce it at a public event. Fingers crossed that we know more about the release date of this special as well.
3. Phase 5 Cast Announcements
Blade, Captain America: New World Order, and Thunderbolts make up half of Marvel’s Phase 5 movie slate, but we still need to know more about who was cast in each superhero movie.
The D23 Expo represents the perfect opportunity for the studio to officially confirm the casting of each film. Marvel leakers have already teased who might join Mahershala Ali’s Blade in the vampiric antihero movie reboot, while we previously reported who could be a part of the Thunderbolts, aka the Marvel antihero/villain team that could replace the Avengers for a Phase or two.
This trio of films is currently scheduled to be released in theaters between November 2023 and July 2024, so it’s time for Marvel to confirm the casting of each film. All three projects are sure to start filming soon, given their respective release dates, so let’s hear more about which actors will be the latest to join the MCU’s growing roster of main and supporting characters.
And speaking of casting announcements…
4. A fantastic time to introduce Marvel’s iconic foursome
The internet has been awash in casting rumors about Marvel’s Fantastic Four movie reboot since early 2022. More recently, several MCU insiders have claimed to know who was hired to play Mister Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and The Thing. .
With this MCU Phase 6 movie set to arrive in November 2024, now seems like the best time for Marvel to announce who will star in this highly anticipated production. Not only that, but the studio is set to reveal who the film’s new director is, with former director Jon Watts having left the project earlier this year.
The rumor mill won’t stop churning out speculation about who will appear in Marvel’s Fantastic Four movie until the Disney-owned company reveals them. So it should just bite the bullet and confirm who will play the iconic quartet in the MCU at the D23 Expo. You won’t have a better opportunity to do so for a few months – so please, Marvel, lift us out of our misery.
5. Implementation of Phase 6
Speaking of the Marvel Phase 6 slate, we know of only three projects – Fantastic Four, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars – that will be part of this phase’s lineup.
As revealed by the studio at Comic-Con 2022, there are eight movie slots yet to be filmed in its Phase 6 schedule. Four are currently expected to hit theaters between mid-to-late 2024, two in the spring (March-May ) of 2025 and two in the summer (June-August) of 2025.
While we don’t expect Marvel to announce each of these films, we’d be surprised if it didn’t provide details on the first four. Some obvious choices would be sequels to Doctor Strange 2, Shang-Chi and Eternals – the latter of which is rumored to receive a follow-up despite being seen as one of the worst MCU movies ever made.
There are other possibilities, however. Marvel leakers have suggested that Deadpool 3, a solo movie starring fan-favorite superhero Nova, or a World War Hulk movie could be part of the proceedings. Other options could include a long-delayed X-Men/Mutants MCU movie, a fifth Thor solo movie, or a third Black Panther movie. Honestly, we will accept any number of these projects as long as they are announced this weekend.
Then there’s the prospect of more MCU Disney Plus series being part of Phase 6. A spin-off centered around Shang-Chi’s 10 Rings organization, a show based on the shadow hero Wonder Man, and possible sequel seasons to Moon Knight, She -Hulk, and Ms Marvel could get the green light. Again, we don’t expect all of this to be announced, but a few reveals here and there would be fantastic.
6. Give us an update on Armor Wars
Poor Armor Wars. The upcoming Disney Plus show, which will star James Rhodes/Don Cheadle’s War Machine, should feel like the black sheep of the family at this point, with the lack of updates surrounding it.
The spin-off series, which will see Rhodey tackle what happens when Tony Stark’s technology falls into the wrong hands, was notable for its absence from Comic-Con 2022. Marvel hasn’t provided an update on this for a while. big ones time, and such was the concern that it had been canceled, showrunner Yassir Lester had to take to social media to confirm it was still in development (opens in new tab).
Given that it was announced in December 2020, it’s time for us to learn more about Armor Wars – more specifically, if it’s still being developed, and if so, if it will be a part of Phase 5 or 6. Give us something, Marvel, because from Rhodey.
Looking for more MCU content to read ahead of D23 Expo 2022? Read our spoiler-free review of Thor: Love and Thunder, which recently arrived on Disney Plus. Alternatively, find out how we’ve ranked every Marvel movie to date.