With Marvel having the equivalent of its own Comic-Con panel a special event last October, the gigantic Star Wars Celebration held in April, and then the fact that Marvel Studios opted to skip out on San Diego Comic-Con, many people (including yours truly) speculated that with Disney owning so many massive iconic properties, the entertainment behemoth was gearing up to expand its annual D23 Expo into something rivaling the scope of SDCC.
It looks like that speculation wasn't entirely unfounded. Disney announced today that both Star Wars and [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) would be coming to D23 this year.
Disney will be holding a massive panel for its upcoming live-action films at the expo. Titled "Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live-Action at The Walt Disney Studios," the panel will start at 10:30am on Saturday of D23 weekend. It has no end time, so it's possible this could be a long event.
Here's the description of the panel from the official site:
Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm are home to some of the planet’s best storytellers, immersing audiences fully in the world of each film from beginning to end and beyond. In this exclusive Hall D23 presentation, join Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn for a tour of upcoming live-action projects from these legendary film studios. A bevy of special guests will be on hand to offer a look at an unparalleled slate that includes Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens—and much, much more.
So while fans may have missed out on seeing anything from Civil War at Comic-Con, filming will have been wrapped by that point - so expect to see Marvel trot out some footage for fans at the D23 panel. And perhaps a star or twenty-seven.
With Disney now owning Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm/Star Wars, the Indiana Jones rights, the wildly successful Frozen, and ramping up their live-action adaptations, the company seems poised to grow its D23 expo into a destination event on par with San Diego Comic-Con within the next few years.