Yesterday the 2019 D23 Expo kicked off in Anaheim, California and after just one day of announcements fans of all things Disney are caught in an uproarious rejoice. It seems not even the controversial removal of Spider-Man from the MCU can slow this pop culture goliath’s upward momentum. Day one was a showcase of upcoming Disney series that are meant to catapult the brand’s streaming service when Disney+ officially launches this November. Check below for ComicBookDebate’s Marvel and Star Wars series recap!
Shockwaves were sent through the Marvel fan base as Disney confirmed not just one new Marvel series under the Disney+ umbrella, but three. Despite the limited details available this early on, there’s plenty to be excited for as plans are officially underway to debut the much-anticipated MOON KNIGHT, the Muslim Pakistani student-hero MS. MARVEL, and the gamma-infused lawyer SHE-HULK on their own live-action series exclusively for Disney+. All three series will be included in Marvel’s Phase Four.
A trailer was also showcased for AGENTS OF SHIELD season seven, Wyatt Russell was revealed to be playing U.S. AGENT in the upcoming FALCON & THE WINTER SOLDIER series, and Hayley Atwell was confirmed to be reprising her role as Peggy Carter in the animated What If? Series.
With all that excitement, Disney still managed to then turn fans’ eager attention from Marvel superheroes to those of a galaxy far far away. The beginning of these Star Wars announcements came with the first official trailer for THE MANDALORIAN. Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones fame leads this series as the titular character, a hardened mercenary working in the deadliest parts of the Star Wars universe. Fans of the franchise will know the legend which surrounds this character, who shares a connection with favorites like Boba and Jango Fett. THE MANDALORIAN debuts on November 12th and will also star Taika Waititi.
Star Wars THE CLONE WARS animated series was confirmed to be returning in February of 2020.
Closing their Star Wars announcements with a major surprise, Disney then invited Ewan McGregor himself onto the stage. McGregor is known for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy and is beloved by fans despite the general mixed reception surrounding those films. McGregor confirmed that he would be returning as the franchise’s live-action Obi-Wan, this time set to star in an exclusive Disney+ series that will begin shooting in 2020.