The D23 Expo kicked off yesterday with the Disney Legends Awards ceremony, and their Disney Animation panels, which included looks at the new films from both Walt Disney Animation and Pixar (see our coverage here). However, there’s no denying that today is easily, the biggest day of the expo, as the studio prepares to show several thousands of people new information and looks at their future Marvel, Disney Live Action, and Lucasfilm projects.
The presentation kicked off with Alan Horn coming out and thanking Bob Iger for bringing all of these studios and properties together, and previewing what’s to come throughout the presentation, and who’s up first? None other than Marvel Studios.
Kevin Feige walked out as the audience erupted in applause, and thanked them all for helping the Marvel Cinematic Universe get to where it is today. Now that Phase 2 of the MCU is completed though, it’s time to talk about the studio’s 2016 Phase 3 films, Doctor Strange and Captain America: Civil War.
Unfortunately, since production for Strange has yet to begin, there is not any footage to share. However, Feige did show the audience concept art for the film that featured looks at alternate dimensions, hundreds of cars flying into the sky above a city, and action between several of the characters, and also the first official look at what Benedict Cumberbatch will look like in the full Doctor Strange costume.
The images continued, and gave glimpses at Stephen Strange’s arc into becoming the Sorcerer Supreme, as he starts out as a successful and cocky neurosurgeon, but due to a tragic accident, loses the ability to perform surgery anymore. Looking for some kind of salvation, Strange encounters the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and begins to turn into something much, much more.
While Benedict Cumberbatch was unable to be in the Hall for today’s presentation (he’s currently performing in a new adaptation of Hamlet), he did send a video message for the audience. The actor talked about how excited he was to play a character that will bring an entirely new aspect to the MCU, and promised the film will have astral projection and a lot of action and excitement that fans of the Strange character had been hoping for. If one thing’s for sure, it looks like Doctor Strange may end up being Marvel’s most “out there” film yet.
Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016.
That was it for the Doctor Strange presentation, and then it was time for the one that everyone’s been waiting for - Captain America: Civil War. Anthony Mackie (Falcon in the MCU) took the stage to begin the panel, who flew out from Germany to be in the Hall with the audience. He announced that only one more week of filming remains for Civil War, and then revealed that he wasn’t the only one from the film’s cast there, as Captain America himself, Chris Evans, was welcomed with a massive applause from the crowd.
Evans spoke briefly about how much he loves Disney movies, and how happy he is to be a part of the Disney family now. Revealing that whenever he’s feeling down, he watches home movies of people going to Disneyland. (So to all those people who made fun of me for spending hours watching videos of kids finding out they were going to Disney World, take that! Captain freakin’ America does it too.)
However, that wasn’t all. Evans quickly teased the audience, and revealed that they did, in fact, have footage to show from the film, as the crowd got to see the first official trailer (?) for Captain America: Civil War. The footage was packed to the brim with exciting content that included a fight scene between Cap & Crossbones (Frank Grillo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) fighting Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) meeting Captain America for the first time and totally geeking out, War Machine (Don Cheadle) fighting Cap, glimpses of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), a new look at Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and more.
From what it seems, the two sides fighting each other will be Cap’s Team: Himself, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Ant-Man, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), and Falcon vs. Iron Man and War Machine. The battle appears to have been sparked by a speech made by William Hurt’s General “Thunderbolt” Ross, in which he insinuates that some of the heroes have begun to act more like vigilantes.
Tony seems to be calling for more accountability for superheroes following the events in Age of Ultron, and as the trailer progressed, the tension between former team members seemed to grow. Two of the more notable interactions in the teaser came when Tony told Steve, “Sometimes I just want to punch you in your perfect teeth,” and Black Widow asking Hawkeye, “Are we still friends?” (during their fight) with him replying, “Depends on how hard you hit me.”
Oh, and Bucky will indeed finally be stripping away his Winter Soldier history and joining up with Steve in the film. So for those of you hoping to see that arc from Captain America: The Winter Soldier continue, it looks like you’ll be more than pleased.
Captain America: Civil War is set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016.
That was it for the Marvel panel everyone, but judging by the footage shown from Civil War and the Doctor Strange concept art – it looks like the MCU is about get even larger everyone.
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