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Star Wars D23 Expo Announcements

With all the news coming from the Disney D23 Expo, here is a breakdown of the Star Wars D23 announcements.

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The Disney D23 Expo took place from September 9-11, 2022 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. with news and announcements from the wonderful world of Star Wars and more.

With all the news coming from the expo, here is a breakdown of the Star Wars D23 announcements.

Andor Final Trailer

Following a special Star Wars D23 in-room recap video and chat about the series, Andor star Diego Luna revealed a new trailer for the highly-anticipated show, arriving September 21 on Disney+ with a three-episode premiere.

Star Wars: Bad Batch Returns

Clone Force 99 is back. Executive producer Dave Filoni confirmed that the second season of the animated series will arrive January 4, 2023, with a two-episode premiere on Disney+.

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Trailer Arrives

Announced at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022, Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is a six-part animated short series coming to Disney+. Dave Filoni confirmed during the Star Wars D23 panel that the series will arrive October 26, 2022, and debuted its first trailer, featuring looks at young Ahsoka Tano, an early Qui-Gon Jinn tale, and more.

Ashoka Production Images Revealed

Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau treated fans in attendance to select early, in-production images from Ahsoka, the upcoming Disney+ series starring Rosario Dawson as the wandering former Jedi. Ahsoka is set to arrive in 2023.

First Look at Star Wars: Skeleton Crew

Star Wars: Skeleton Crew will center around a group of children lost in space, and be set in the New Republic timeframe. Creators Jon Watts and Chris Ford joined Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni during the Star Wars D23 panel to present an in-room only first look at star Jude Law in the show — and also welcomed the actor onstage.

The Mandalorian Season 3 Trailer Dropped

The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau, executive producer Dave Filoni, star Pedro Pascal, and more talked about the Disney+ series during the Star Wars D23 panel, premiering a teaser trailer for the long-awaited Season 3, premiering in 2023.

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Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures Reveal Cast Members

More Star Wars D23 news arrived when Jamaal Avery Jr. and Emma Berman were announced to voice Kai Brightsar and Nash Durango in the upcoming series Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures. Kai Brightstar is a Jedi youngling who hopes to grow in the ways of the Force and follow in the footsteps of Master Yoda. Nash Durango is a pilot who befriends Kai and company, joining them on adventures across the galaxy. The animated series, set during the High Republic era, will arrive in 2023.

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Loki Writer Tapped For Avengers: Secret Wars

The success of Loki and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, Marvel has called upon Michael Waldron to write Avengers: Secret Wars.

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The success of the first season of Loki and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, Marvel Studios has called upon writer Michael Waldron to write Avengers: Secret Wars.

Waldron, known for his Primetime Emmy Award winning writing on Rick and Morty, was called upon to create Loki for Disney+ in 2021 which according to Kevin Feige was the most-watched Marvel Studios Disney+ as of May 2022. That success lead to Feige brining Waldron on Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness to rewrite the film’s script.

Avengers: Secret Wars will be the second of two Avengers films releasing in 2025. The film has yet to name a director, but is set to release on November 7, 2025 and close out the sixth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first of the two Avengers films will see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ Destin Daniel Cretton directing with recently announced Jeff Loveness onboard to write the script.

Secret Wars will loosely be based on the story arcs with the same name from Marvel Comics released in 1984 and 2015. The name will likely be the only real connection to the comics, but as of right now no plot details are officially known.

Waldron will have a busy next few years, as he is not only writing the screenplay for Secret Wars, but has been called upon to write the untitled Feige produced Star Wars film. However, this information is more of a rumor than fact as Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy denied that the film was in active development.

More and more news still to come about the future of the MCU with only four projects announced for phase six.

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The Last Of Us Teaser Trailer Sets The Tone

HBO has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming video-game adaptation The Last of Us, and it definitely sets the tone for the series.

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HBO has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming video-game adaptation The Last of Us, and it definitely sets the tone for the series.

The bleak trailer portrays a similar feel to the cult-classic 2013 video game giving fans hope the series will pay homage and respect the original source material. Adapting video games to television or film has never really been a super successful endeavor in the past with few exceptions. The trailer used the song “Alone and Forsaken” by Hank Williams.

The post-apocalyptic drama tv series set to air on HBO in 2023. The Last of Us was developed by Naughty Dog, the series will follow Joel played by Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian), a smuggler tasked with escorting the teenage Ellie portrayed by Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones, Becoming Elizabeth) across a post-apocalyptic United States. It will also feature Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., True Detective) as Joel’s younger brother Tommy, Merle Dandridge (Station 19, Greenleaf) as resistance leader Marlene, and Anna Torv (Mindhunter, Fringe) as Joel’s smuggler partner Tess.

The first season will consist of ten episodes written by Craig Mazin (Borderlands, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and Neil Druckmann; the latter wrote and directed the game.

The Last of Us will debut in 2023, in the meantime take the opportunity to play the game to prepare yourself for what looks to be an outstanding HBO series.

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2024 Fantastic Four Film Grabs Writing Team

The 2024 Fantastic Four Marvel Cinematic Universe film has found its writing team with the hiring of up-and-coming screenwriters.

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The 2024 Fantastic Four Marvel Cinematic Universe film has found its writing team with the hiring of up-and-coming screenwriters Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer.

The duo will join director Matt Shakman on the film to start forming what the movie will look like when it’s released as part of the sixth phase of the MCU slate of films. The relatively unknown writers penned the in-development film Disaster Wedding from director Max Barbakow. Deadline’s report suggests Kaplan and Springer have been working on the film for a moment, even before the hiring of Shakman as director.

Fantastic Four‘s creative team have a big challenge ahead of them as the first few attempts at the film with the super team have all fallen short. The Fantastic Four are some of the oldest and most beloved teams in Marvel Comics history and deserve a film that lives up to the teams lore. The 2005 film was dreadful and the sequel in 2007 also failing. Josh Trank, Jeremy Slater, and Simon Kinberg attempted a reboot in 2015, when 20th Century Fox still owned the rights, which was one of the worst rated comic book movies of all-time.

The MCU reboot will hit theaters as the first film in phase six on November 8, 2024 setting up what will end up being one of the greatest years in MCU history. At least that is the hope for Marvel and comic book movie fans around the world.

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