D23 Expo 2022: The Disney, Marvel, Star Wars Updates to Expect This Weekend

Disney fans flocked to California on Friday for D23 Expo 2022, a convention celebrating all the entertainment the giant has to offer.

This is the first D23 convention since 2019 – the year of its Disney+ streaming service launched, and will also mark the company’s 100th anniversary (which is next year, but companies love to extend those celebrations) – so you can expect major announcements from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and more .

D23 2022 runs from Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, right next to Disneyland. Tickets are sold out, but people who can’t attend will be able to live stream parts of the event.

Beyond the animated classics that Disney was built on, the company owns wonder, star wars, IndianaJones, Avatar, Pixar and other beloved franchises. So you can expect plenty of updates on upcoming movies, shows, video games, and theme park rides in these universes. It will be a bit like star wars celebrationwhich happened at the same place in May, with a wider scope.

Disney has created a lovely D3 Expo poster which includes 58 Easter eggs and tips for the show. It’s hard to know exactly what each symbol means, but superfan YouTuber Dave Lee Down Under has walked it all through in a handy video.

GameSpot will report live from the convention floor, capturing the hype from the reveals and panel meetings, and checking out the creative cosplay. If you can’t make it to Anaheim or just want to plan your convention, here’s a quick look at where and when the big news is likely to drop.

Friday, September 9

Disney kicked off the convention with announcements that Disneyland’s Avengers campus is getting bigger with a new ride (more details will be revealed on Sunday) and that The Simpsons Season 33 will stream on Disney Plus starting October 5. Disney also revealed new details about Disneyland’s transformation Splash Mountain in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The ride, based on The Princess and the Frog, is set to open in late 2024.

There are three major panels on the first day of D23, but only two are likely to deliver major news. The opening event was the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony (10:30 a.m. PT), where CEO Bob Chapek honored a group of top Disney stars. This group includes the late Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, as well as Frozen’s Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. This was broadcast live.

The Disney & Marvel Game Showcase saw a bunch of reveals:

  • Nintendo Switch co-op platformer Disney Illusion Island, which lets you play as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, is coming in 2023.
  • Mystery puzzle game Tron: Identity, release 2023.
  • Gargoyles Remastered, an updated version of the classic 90s platformer – release date unclear.
  • A untitled WWII game with Captain America and Black Panther, which did not have a release date.
  • Augmented reality mobile game marvel world of heroes from Pokemon Go developer Niantic, coming in 2023.

We also got our first look at mobile MMO shooter Avatar: Reckoning (coming soon) and team-based tactical action game Aliens: Dark Descent (coming to consoles and PC next year). Marvel’s Midnight Suns has been delayed to December 2, and the prequel shorts will build the narrative when they start hitting YouTube on October 31.

A giant black and white Mickey Mouse stands among smaller Disney characters and icons in a 2022 D23 poster

The D23 Expo 2022 poster includes 58 Disney Easter eggs and clues.


The Showcase of Disney and Pixar studios (3:30-5:30 p.m. PT) will be the main event of the day, as it highlights upcoming movies and Disney Plus shows. It will include a CGI animated film strange world (which comes out in November), as well as Pixar’s 2023 film Elementary and Disney Plus’ Win or Lose show. We’ll also learn more about Iwájú, a sci-fi series set in Lagos, Nigeria, coming to Disney Plus next year.

Given the length and scope of the panel, we might also take a look at the Enchanted sequel Disenchanted, Hocus Pocus 2 and Haunted houseas well as live-action remakes Peter Pan & Wendy and The little Mermaid. This panel will not be livestreamed, so keep an eye on CNET for all events.

Saturday September 10

The second day begins with another big one: Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Studios Showcase (10 a.m. to noon PT).

On the Marvel front, we’ll likely get another trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and a preview of the Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special (since both are release scheduled for 2022). If Marvel wants to build hype for 2023, it could offer a taste of movies like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Marvels, or Disney Plus Secret Invasion series. The Fantastic Four doesn’t come out until 2024, but we might hear about it too.


D23 could say more about Namor’s role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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Lucasfilm will almost certainly have Star Wars news, like additional details on the upcoming Disney Plus series Andoras well as the premiere dates for The Mandalorian season 3 and The Bad Batch season 2. We may find out Boba Fett’s Next Adventure too. If Lucasfilm wants to take us back to a galaxy closer to home, we still don’t have a trailer or even a title for it. the fifth Indiana Jones movie.

Finally, 20th Century Studios has a major movie coming this year: Avatar: The Way of the Water, the long-awaited sequel to James Cameron. D23 attendees will likely see a new trailer or preview clips of the film before its December 16 release.

This panel will not be included in Saturday’s livestream, but CNET will report on the event.

Sunday September 11

The highlight of the final day of the show will be the theme park centered A Future Without Limits: Disney Parks, Experiences and Merchandise presentation (10:30 a.m. to noon PT). This will reveal plans for US parks like Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida, as well as international locations Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort.

We could get details of the changes come to Epcot. This panel will be broadcast live.

How to watch

A selection of panels will be broadcast live, giving you eight hours to watch from home each day. Between the panels, hosts like Ashley Eckstein (who played Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the next Tales of the Jedi) will interview stars, reveal merchandise and tour the showroom.

We’ve integrated live streams for Friday, Saturday and Sunday above, so you can watch it all here.

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