We knew this was bound to happen. With Marvel having ducked completely out of Hall H for the first time since 2011, and Lucasfilm delivering something closer to a reunion party than a panel full of reveals, Disney appeared to hand Comic-Con 2015 over to its rivals. That was by design of course, because as expected, the mouse house was saving its powder for the biannual D23 Expo, taking place August 14-16 in Anaheim.
This year’s D23 Expo will of course offer attendees exclusive looks at upcoming Disney and Pixar films, but shocking no one, Marvel and Lucasfilm will both come out swinging as well. Marvel’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War, out in theaters May 6, 2016, will be shown off for the first time exclusively to fans on the scene. Joining Marvel in the post-Comic Con marketing blitz is Lucasfilm, which will be showing off more from Star Wars: The Force Awakens than it did in San Diego. While it’s possible that both presentations will end up being underwhelming, popular speculation holds that Disney plans to do here what it didn’t do in San Diego, and blow fans’ socks off even if only a little bit. Given how Star Wars Celebration went in April, that isn’t an unrealistic assumption, but we’ll all find out next month.
Here’s the full list of Hall D23 presentations:
Friday, August 14
3:00 PM, Hall D23
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films
Hosted by John Lasseter, this session will provide glimpses into Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory, and Disney Animation’s Zootopia and Moana. Special guests, musical events and more are planned.
Saturday, August 15
10:30 AM, Hall D23
Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios
Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movies are the order of the day in this panel. Hosted by Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, audiences will get a look at Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and more.
3:00 PM, Hall D23
Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration!
Chris Montan, president of Walt Disney Music hosts, along with Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, for one-day-only performance of songs from Disney Animation Studios films. Expect a Frozen Sing-along and much more.