Marvel Studios’ D23 Expo presentation revealed some amazing new teasers and first peeks at forthcoming MCU films and programs. Marvel Studios’ attendance at Disney’s annual expo comes after their significant exhibition at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, with just over an hour to reveal all sorts of new details. As a result, the D23 Expo allowed Marvel to go further, giving fans a better picture of what to expect in the coming years.
At SDCC, Marvel Studios unveiled a comprehensive plan for the Multiverse Saga, the new overarching story spanning throughout Phases 4, 5, and 6. Two new Avengers films will be released in 2025 as part of this. The new Marvel panel at the D23 Expo, on the other hand, chose to keep things more focused on 2023 and 2024, unveiling new creatives, new talent, and a handful of interesting previews for upcoming Disney+ projects.
As Marvel stated at the new D23 Expo panel, there would be no shortage of MCU content in the coming years. The event featured shows and movies such as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Captain America: The New World Order, Marvel’s Thunderbolts, Loki season 2, Daredevil: Born Again, Secret Invasion, Werewolf by Night, and many more, with each project receiving at least one new update and/or exclusive footage. Though the D23 Expo panel also featured titles from Star Wars and 20th Century Fox, the excitement surrounding Marvel was palpable. That being said, here’s a rundown of every announcement and trailer made at Marvel Studios’ D23 event in 2022.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also included unique footage from the upcoming 2023 film, which will feature a new adventure in the Quantum Realm. Not only does the clip feature Bill Murray’s character, who assumed Janet van Dyne had dead, but it also suggests that Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors, will be attempting to enlist Scott Lang for a heist in the Quantum Realm itself. It was also revealed that the next Ant-Man film will be a direct sequel to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, which will be released in 2025.
The first trailer for Secret Invasion, a new series starring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, and Emilia Clarke and Olivia Colman in brand new MCU roles, was also released by Marvel Studios. The former director of SHIELD, Fury, will be caught up in a major alien conspiracy involving the shapeshifting aliens known as Skrulls. Secret Invasion will premiere in early 2023.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Beginning with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, exclusive footage for the next November film was unveiled, indicating that despite its weaker position, the nation Wakanda will preserve its priceless vibranium from the rest of the world. Similarly, new footage showed Tenoch Huerta’s Namor battling Winston Duke’s M’Baku.
Along with a new logo for Marvel’s upcoming series Ironheart, which will star Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams, it was reported that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will serve as executive producer, with the series branching out from Ironheart’s anticipated role in Wakanda Forever. Exclusive footage for the series centered on her studies at MIT was also unveiled, as was the announcement that Anthony Ramos will play the mythical villain known as The Hood.
Loki Season 2
D23 also highlighted the Loki season 2 cast as well as MCU newcomer Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once), who will portray a TVA agent. Kang the Conqueror will also have a big involvement in the series following the season 1 finale episode, which exposed Kang’s takeover of the TVA. With the exclusive Loki season 2 video showing the God of Mischief being flung across various branch universes, the series may contain more multiversal crazy than Doctor Strange 2. Loki season 2 will premiere in the summer of 2023.
Werewolf by Night
Marvel fans received their first glimpse at Werewolf by Night, the first Marvel Studios Special Presentation coming to Disney+ on October 7th, thanks to the release of a brand-new trailer. Gael Garcia Bernal will play Jack Russel’s Werewolf by Night, and Laura Donnelly will play monster hunter Elsa Bloodstone. Werewolf by Night, directed by Michael Giacchino, will be a really unique MCU production as a black-and-white throwback horror thriller (and will also feature the official MCU debut of the Man-Thing).
Along with a new logo, War Machine actor Don Cheadle confirmed that Armor Wars is still taking place in the MCU (having been noticeably absent at SDCC). Cheadle also confirmed that Armor Wars will take place immediately following the events of the Secret Invasion. Armor Wars will begin filming in 2023.
Exclusive Marvel’s Echo video was also released at D23, confirming the return of Vincent D’onofrio’s Kingpin. Wilson Fisk appears to be alive and well, despite the fact that Maya Lopez shot him in the head at the end of Hawkeye (albeit wearing an eye patch to cover the loss of his eye). Echo, which recently concluded filming, is expected to be released in the summer of 2023.
Daredevil: Born Again
Daredevil: Born Again received a new logo, and D’onofrio and Daredevil actor Charlie Cox took the stage at D23. Both expressed their enthusiasm for the next 18-episode series. Cox’s Matt Murdock, who made his formal MCU debut in Spider-Man: No Way Home, is set to appear in a forthcoming episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, where Daredevil and She-Hulk will team up to confront a gang of thugs (confirmed via exclusive footage for She-Hulk episode 5).
Unfortunately, not much was disclosed about the Fantastic Four in 2025. While many expected the cast to be unveiled, the only information Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had to provide was that WandaVision’s Matt Shakman will helm the picture. The cast for Marvel’s First Family should be unveiled soon.
Captain America: New World Order
Along with a new logo for Captain America: New World Order, starring Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, it was confirmed that Tim Blake Nelson will return to the MCU as The Leader, as first teased in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Carl Lumbly will also reprise his role as Isiah Bradley, the first black Super-Soldier introduced in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as will Danny Ramierez’s Joaqun Torres, who will take over as the MCU’s new Falcon. The upcoming Captain America film will also feature the Israeli mutant super-spy Sabra.
Last but not least, an exclusive video from The Marvels, the Captain Marvel sequel in which Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel joins forces with Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel and Monica Rambeau’s Spectrum, was presented at D23 Expo. For whatever reason, the new footage reveals that all three MCU heroes will begin shifting places whenever they utilize their powers (as seen in Ms. Marvel’s post-credits scene). The new footage also includes Nick Fury. The Marvels, directed by Nia DaCosta, will be released in theaters in July 2023.
Marvel Studios has also revealed the cast and all seven members of Marvel’s Thunderbolts, which will be released in 2024. Former villains such as Red Guardian, U.S. Agent, Taskmaster, and Ghost will likely be recruited by Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, who will play Yelena Belova and Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier/White Wolf. Thunderbolts will begin filming in 2023, the following year.