D23 Recap

Hello and welcome to ComicFade’s recap of 2017’s D23 Expo! Here you’ll find everything we were able to see and report on from the exhibition each day it went on. From The Incredibles to Marvel to Pixar and to Star Wars, we’ve got what you need to know!


Day One (July 13, 2017):

Before the Expo officially started on July 14, Disney released new images of a model for the upcoming Star Wars Lands, opening at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California. These pictures feature a life-size TIE fighter, Millennium Falcon, and Tatooine-style buildings. You can check out the photos in the gallery.


Disney Legends

The event that kicks off D23 is the Disney Legends Award Ceremony. Here’s everyone who became honorary Disney Legends:

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Stan Lee
  • Jack Kirby
  • Manuel Gonzales
  • Wayne Jackson
  • Clyde Geronimi
  • Garry Marshall
  • Julie Taymor
  • Mark Hamill
  • Carrie Fisher

Marvel Studios


Andy Park arrived at this year’s D23 to show everyone concept art from some of the MCU’s past and upcoming movies. He shows off and talks about designing the Dark Elves from Thor: The Dark World, the Silver Centurion armor from Iron Man 3, and and an exclusive piece from Thor: Ragnarok, featuring Thor fighting the Hulk in a gladiator match.


Costumes from Thor: Ragnarok make an appearance in the form of the Grandmaster, Valkyrie, Thor, and Sakaaran guards. Attendees were also given a chance to see costumes from Black Panther. These were particularly interesting because one of the costumes happened to be T’Chaka’s Black Panther suit from when he wore the mantle. The cast and director of Black Panther also showed up for fan signings.


Last but not least, statues. Of course Marvel had to bring us some statues! However, D23 attendees were only able to see one of those statues, and it was of Thanos from Avengers Infinity War. Purple, big and mighty, he stood, waving his giant hand in the air as if he already wielded the Infinity Gauntlet (and if you ask me, he kinda looked like a bodybuilder because he is SWOLE). Now, the other statues, like I had said before, were hidden. Marvel is keeping them under wraps (literally under black cloths) and will unveil them on Saturday, June 15, 2017.


Disney Animation

DisneyToon Studios opens with a new untitled film, releasing on April 12, 2019. They presented clips of the movie, and it looks to be another Planes sequel about jet planes.

Walt Disney Animation reveals more info on Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Incredibles 2, Coco, and Toy Story 4.


Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will be based around the word ‘tradition,’ and will feature a new song, sung by Josh Gad. The film will premiere in front of Coco, in theaters November 22, 2017.

  • Wreck-It Ralph 2 will feature a new character named “Yesss,” played by Taraji P. Henson. A trailer was shown. It showed Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz visiting OhMyDisney.com, where they meet all of the Disney princesses, which are Snow White, Moana, Anna and Elsa, Merida, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, and Jasmine. Each Disney princess will be voiced by their original voice actors. Stan Lee, Tsum Tsums, and C-3PO will even make cameos.
  • The Incredibles 2 will start merely seconds after the first movie ends, with the battle with the Underminer. Everyone from the first movie will reprise their roles, except for Spencer Fox as Dash. Huck Milner will be the new voice for Dash Parr. The film will center around Helen Parr (Elastigirl). Jack-Jack seems tobe omnipotent in the trailer Disney presented.
  • Toy Story 4 will feature a new toy: a paper doll named Lulu. Josh Cooley will direct the film by himself, instead of co-directing with John Lasseter.
  • Coco is described as being “packed with lots of music.” Clips were shown of the main character, Miguel, exploring the Land of the Dead.

A new Pixar film is in the works and will be set in a “suburban, fantasy world.” More info on this movie will be revealed at the next D23.



Marvel Animation


  • A 30-second clip of the new Spider-Man show on Disney XD was shown. The cast of the show was shown side-by-side with their characters. The show will premiere with a one-hour special on August 19, 2017.
    • Robbie Daymond as Spider-Man
    • Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales
    • Patton Oswalt as Uncle Ben
    • Nancy Linari as Aunt May
    • Laura Bailey as Gwen Stacy
    • Fred Tatasciore as Max Modell
    • Joe Quesada as Joe
    • Melanie Minichino as Anya Corazon
    • Scott Menville as Doc Ock
    • John DiMaggio as The Jackal
    • Alastair Duncan as Vulture
    • Max Mittelman as Harry Osborn
  • A LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy special is in the works.


Day Two (July 14, 2017):


Disney Live Action


We’ve got a LOT to look forward to from Disney’s live action films!


  • A Wrinkle In Time trailer and poster released for attendees AND the public. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4U3TeY2wtM
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will be releasing on November 2nd, 2018. Attendees get a first look at the film, costume designs, and a live dance.
  • Mary Poppins Returns takes place 20 years after the 1964 original film. The music will be organic to the story. An orchestra appeared on the stage to play music alongside images from the movie. An exclusive clip is shown to attendees.
  • The live action Aladdin movie has found its Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie. Will Smith will portray the fast-talking wish-granting Genie, Naomi Scott will play the beautiful Princess Jasmine, and Mena Massoud will be our favorite street rat, Aladdin.
  • A Jungle Cruise movie is in development, with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as its star.
  • The live action Dumbo film will be released in theaters on March 29, 2019. Tim Burton will direct, and Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, and Eva Green are set to appear in the movie. A picture of Dumbo has also been released and can be seen in the gallery.
  • Jon Favreau appeared at D23 to show all the attendees an exclusive opening scene from the upcoming live action The Lion King movie. Given tweets from people who have seen this clip, the scene is similar to the opening scene of the original animated film, with Simba sneezing.





sw-the-last-jedi-tall-B.jpgNot much was shown from the Last Jedi panel this year at D23, probably because more will be presented at SDCC this weekend. The cast of the film, save for Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, appeared on stage to give attendees even more footage from the film and a special behind-the-scenes featurette. The BTS footage is also available to the public here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye6GCY_vqYk

Marvel Studios

Boy, oh boy, did we get some good stuff from Marvel this year. Not only were the other four statues from Day One revealed, but an exclusive Infinity War trailer was shown to D23 attendees! Oh, and yet ANOTHER logo change…


  • First let’s get the boring-not-so-boring stuff out of the way: the logo change. Celebrating the first 10 years of Marvel Studios, the “I” and “O” in “STUDIOS” have changed to a “10.” 
  • NOW we get to the statues. At D23 Day One, a giant Thanos statues was revealed. Next to him were four other statues, but they were each covered by a black tarp. I am happy to say that these four statues have been revealed to be the Children of Thanos! Known in the comics as “the Black Order,” Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Black Dwarf, and Corvus Glaive are helpers of Thanos who join him on his quest of world razing.
  • Last, but certainly not least, the Infinity War trailer. Almost the entirety of the Avengers sequel’s cast was on stage to present attendees an exclusive first look. While the trailer itself was NOT released to the public, Joe Russo (director of Civil War alongside his brother, Anthony Russo) has stated that the public will see it “soon.” Luckily for us, the purest of attendees have described the trailer and told the public what was in it; and here we have it, for you, our readers.
    • The Guardians of the Galaxy are shown, flying through the sky. Star-Lord tells the rest of the team to “put their mean faces on,” when suddenly, Thor smashes against the Milano’s window. He looks at them and asks, “Who the hell are you guys?” after being brought inside and awoken by Mantis. The ship flies towards a destroyed planet. On Earth, Scarlet Witch is moving cars with her powers. A female voice narrates, “Death follows him like a shadow.” Loki is shown handing over the Tesseract to a shadowy, tall figure. Peter Parker is shown in a school bus; the hairs on his arm rise. A huge ship flies towards a planet. Tony Stark starts, “We have one advantage. He’s coming to us.” Tony, Mantis, Doctor Strange, Star-Lord, and many others look in shock. A voice echoes, “Fun isn’t really something one considers when balancing the universe.” Gamora is terrified. “But this puts a smile on my face,” the voice continues. Thanos emerges, and Star-Lord says “Oh no.” Strange, Vision, Spidey, and Quill are shown. A quick montage is shown, presenting the Wakandan army with Bucky, Captain America sporting a beard, Black Widow with blonde hair, someone inside the Hulkbuster armor, and Loki raising havoc. A bloody Tony is lying on the floor. Peter is beside him, crying, apologizing: “I’m sorry, Tony.” Thanos grabs Thor’s head, squeezes it, and pulls down an entire moon to use as a weapon with the Infinity Gauntlet. Destruction ensues as the title card is finally shown.

Level Up!

Jacksepticeye and Strawburry17 from YouTube hosted Disney’s Level Up! Video Game showcase, and brought us more info on Star Wars Battlefront II and Kingdom Hearts III.

  • Not much was shown from Battlefront II that we already know. John Boyega (Finn, The Force Awakens) surprised everyone and appeared on the stage to play some of the game.
  • Disney has partnered with Lenovo to bring Star Wars AR experiences to life. People will be able to play Holochess and Jedi Challenges in augmented reality.
  • Marvel Games and Oculus have teamed up to create Marvel Powers United VR, which allows players to use the powers of their favorite Marvel heroes in virtual reality.
  • BIG Kingdom Hearts III news have been revealed! A new Disney world for the game was teased about a month ago, and we now know what it is… Toy Story! That’s right! Sora, Donald, and Goofy will travel to Andy’s Bedroom (and to Infinity and Beyond!) in the final chapter of Xehanort’s story. And what’s else… Kingdom Hearts III will release in 2018!



Day Three (July 15, 2017):

I’m going to be honest. There weren’t that many big news coming from Day 3 of D23, but we’ll report what we can!

  • First up, The Lion King. No, not the live action movie. The 1994 original film will be re-released on August 29th, 2017, this time in Blu-ray!
  • The Disneyland Railroad in Anaheim, California will be reopened on July 30th, 2017, with Bob Joles as the new voice of the ride.
  • ‘Minnie’ vans are coming to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and park guests will be allowed to call them and ask for rides like an Uber.
  • A Ratatouille themed area is coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World, inspired by the ride and restaurant in Disneyland Paris.
  • The new Star Wars themed areas in Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
  • A Marvel-themed hotel will open up in Disneyland Paris, and a Marvel expansion will soon be coming to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
  • Anaheim’s Disneyland’s Paradise Pier will be turned into Pixar Pier next summer, filled with the many characters of the Pixar films.
  • A TRON ride will open in Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL by 2021. It is said to be similar to Shanghai’s Disneyland TRON coaster.

That’s it for our D23 recap! Make sure to come back next week for our SDCC 2017 recap!


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