D23 Expo 2022 is in full swing, and day two of the ultimate Disney fan event sis et to bring some potentially spectacular announcements and reveals for Marvel, Star Wars, and 20th Century Studios fans to enjoy.
With day one of D23 Expo 2022 unveiling new projects in the works at Pixar and Disney’s Animation Studio, today (September 10) was all about Disney’s two biggest franchises – the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Star Wars – and one of its most notable film studios in 20th Century.
From announcements concerning MCU Phase 4 and Marvel Phase 5, to new Star Wars movies and 20th Century Studios flicks, day two of D23 Expo 2022 should deliver the goods. Hopefully, the unveiling of superhero films, Disney Plus show reveals, and trailers will be just the beginning, with various cast announcements also likely to be part of proceedings.
Stick with TechRadar over the next two hours, then, as we bring you the biggest and best announcements from the second day of D23 Expo 2022.
Andor: final trailer released ahead of launch
Andor, the next Star Wars series that debuts on Disney Plus on September 21, received a final trailer as part of a short panel at D23 Expo 2022.
The 90-second teaser, which you can view above, gives a stunning glimpse into arguably the most mature Star Wars TV show yet, but plenty of action, tense drama, and complex relationships on show in the footage.
“This is like a 12-episode film,” Diego Luna, lead actor and executive producer on Andor, told D23 attendees. “It’s a gigantic film.” If it’s half as good as it looks and sounds, we might have a new number one Star Wars show on our hands.
Andor launches with a three-episode premiere exclusively on Wednesday, September 21.
Willow: “epic” fight scenes teased and new trailer drop
Willow, the Disney Plus TV sequel to the similar titled 1988 fantasy movie from Lucasfilm, earned an intriguing update during the showcase.
Erin Kellyman, who plays Jade in the Disney Plus show, said fans can expect to see some “epic” fight scenes, while Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, Archer) was confirmed to be part of the series’ cast.
Lastly, a new magical-but-foreboding trailer was debuted, which provided a better look at the adventure that Willow (Warwick Davis) and his band of followers will go on to save the world once more.
Tales of the Jedi: first trailer and release date revealed
A six-part short story series, Tale of the Jedi sees Star Wars return to its Clone Wars-style of animation.
The trailer, which provides an exciting look at what we can expect from the miniseries, looks like it’ll fill in some backstory details concerning key Star Wars characters, including Ahsoka Tano and a young Count Dooku. According to creator Dave Filoni, three of the shorts will expand on Ahsoka’s journey from her home world to the iconic Force wielder we know her to be.
Finally, an official release – Wednesday, October 26 – was confirmed for the series of shorts, which will all debut on the streamer that day.
The Bad Batch season 2: January 2023 launch confirmed
#TheBadBatch returns with a 2-episode premiere January 4, 2023. #D23ExpoSeptember 10, 2022
It’s been a long time since we received any concrete news on The Bad Batch season 2. But, speaking during the showcase, Dave Filoni confirmed that the animated series will return to our screens on January 4, 2023. It’ll get a two-episode premiere on that date, too, while the series will contain 16 episodes overall.
New Ahsoka, Skeleton Crew details revealed
Jude Law is here again (after debuting as Captain Hook yesterday) #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/sntwhkVk5gSeptember 10, 2022
More details were revealed for other forthcoming live-action Star Wars shows, such as Ahsoka and Skeleton Crew.
Per Jon Favreau, Ahsoka will be Dave Filoni’s “magnum opus”, while the idea for Skeleton Crew was formed during Favreau’s time working on Marvel’s Spider-Man movies alongside Jon Watts. Watts directed all three MCU movies for the webslinger and will be showrunner on Skeleton Crew.
A first-look image at Jude Law’s character in Skeleton Crew was also revealed, which you can see above (thanks to Total Film for the screenshot). Speaking about the show, Watts simply said: “It’s a show about a group of kids who get lost in the Star Wars galaxy.”
The Mandalorian season 3: first trailer unveiled
Not to be outdone by its contemporaries, The Mandalorian season 3 was also part of the showcase – and the whole cast was in attendance.
Teasing what fans can expect to see from Moff Gideon, the villain of the piece, in the show’s next installment, Giancarlo Esposito told attendees: “You haven’t seen Moff be vulnerable before… Only you can supply yourself with the patience to find out what comes next.” Sounds ominously intriguing. Meanwhile, Katte Sakhoff, who portrays Bo-Katan, revealed that she’d seen footage from season 3, calling it “crazy”.
Oh and, to give us a taste about what can look forward to, a first teaser for season 3 was also unveiled. Suffice to say: it looks as drama-fuelled, action-packed, and thrilling as we remember the show to be. No official release date was revealed, but the teaser confirmed that season 3 would arrive sometime in 2023. In our eyes, the sooner the better.
Indiana Jones 5: first trailer shown at showcase
INDIANA JONES footage! A big sequence during a New York ticker tape parade. A horseback chase in a subway tunnel. A train sequence. The whip versus a dozen guns. It plays.September 10, 2022
The first trailer for Indiana Jones 5 debuted at Saturday’s presentation, but it’s yet to make its way online.
Still, we’ve received some insight into what was shown. The teaser is said to contain plenty of high-octane sequences, including high-speed chases on planes, boats, and a horseback one in a subway tunnel.
Oh, and there’s a scene where Indy uses his whip against a number of foes holding guns. Also, Sallah (John Rhys-Davies), Indy’s friend from Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade, is back for the fifth and final movie.
Director James Mangold, iconic actor Harrison Ford, and co-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge were all in attendance to show off the movie’s first teaser. Ford got notably emotional during and after it was shown, according to attendees, before he told audiences: “We have a really human story to tell, as well as a movie that’ll kick your ass.” Here’s hoping it’s better than Indy 4 was!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the next Marvel movie set to debut in theaters, was first up during Marvel Studios’ part of the presentation.
Director Ryan Coogler was on hand to deliver some exclusive footage to attendees, too, with a new teaser showing a scene from the film itself. According to those in attendance, the footage shows Queen Ramonda delivering a powerful speech to the United Nations about other countries trying to steal Wakanda’s stash of vibranium. It’s a moment interspersed with footage of mercenaries trying to break into Wakanda laboratories to steal the precious metal, but they’re halted and incapacitated by the Dora Milaje. That’ll teach them.
Other footage reportedly showed Riri Williams/Ironheart flying through the sky and antagonist Namor showing off his superhuman strength in a fight against M’Baku, whose staff shatters against Namor’s flexed arm. Meanwhile, there was a brief blink and you’ll miss it moment featuring Michaela Coel’s new character Aneka.
It’s unclear if the teaser will be released. But, with Wakanda Forever less exactly two months away from being released – it’s out November 11 – hopefully we’ll get to see the new trailer soon, regardless of whether this scene is posted online.
Ironheart: first teaser shown
Ryan Coogler wasn’t done when the Wakanda Forever portion of the panel was over, though. The director is also an executive producer on Ironheart, Riri Williams’ upcoming Disney Plus show, so he remained on stage – and was joined by co-star Anthony Ramos, no less – to tease a first look at the superhero series.
Ramos, who plays someone called Parker Robbins, is described as a “complex guy” with a bit of good and bad in him. He’ll deal in the dark magical arts, too, which will put him on an interesting collision course with the more technology-minded Riri Williams, who is portrayed by Dominique Thorne.
Again, no word on whether this teaser will make its way online. Regardless, the show is still being filmed in Chicago and Atlanta ahead of a late 2023 release.