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The Biggest TV Show Announcements Made At D23

With Disney now having a growing number of franchises under its belt and tons of content to roll out throughout the year in theaters and on Disney+, the company has created an event called D23 where they can announce and talk about all their upcoming shows and movies. For gamers, think of it like Disney's version of E3 where they show trailers and announce upcoming movies, TV shows, and video games to get the fanbase excited about the future. It's become one of the most anticipated entertainment events of the year, and this past D23 delivered some huge announcements.

As far as movie announcements from D23, fans got to see their first glimpses at upcoming MCU projects including exclusive looks at "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" and "The Marvels," as well as Harrison Ford's last outing as Indy in "Indiana Jones 5." Disney also hosted the first Disney and Marvel Games Showcase that included the announcement of a new "Tron" game and a Word War II game in which Captain America and Black Panther fight against HYDRA. Disney especially went big for the small screen, showcasing some big shows coming to Disney+. From new entries in the MCU to upcoming "Star Wars" series, D23 delivered some incredible TV announcements.

Marvel's Secret Invasion gets first trailer

The MCU is finally tackling the "Secret Invasion" storyline with the upcoming series of the same name. D23 presented fans with the first "Secret Invasion" trailer. The series will be led by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as he presumably attempts to stop a secret sect of Skrulls from infiltrating and taking over Earth. Along with Jackson reprising his role as Nicky Fury, the series will include the return of Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Martin Freeman as Ross, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, and Don Cheadle as James Rhodes, aka War Machine. The series also introduces some new characters like rebel Skrull leader Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Fury's old ally Sonya Falsworth (Olivia Colman), and will also include Christopher McDonald and Emilia Clarke in currently undisclosed roles. 

While the trailer doesn't give away too much, it presents a compelling conspiracy thriller atmosphere and a good glimpse at Gravik that shows him to be quite a powerful Skrull. The Skrulls having a bigger story presence could easily make up for their arguable underutilization in "Captain Marvel," and seeing Nick Fury in a leading role is satisfying given his lengthy time in the MCU. Even though there's no solid release date yet, "Secret Invasion" will be one of the MCU's biggest releases next year and this trailer is already getting the hype going.

Werewolf by Night makes a horrifying debut

The MCU is officially releasing its first holiday special this October, and it centers on the relatively obscure Marvel hero Werewolf by Night. The character is basically a benevolent werewolf whose stories are full of monster hunters and terrifying transformations. D23 gave us our first look at the special with a trailer.

The "special presentation" will see Gael Garcia Bernal portray the titular character as he faces off against a group of determined monster hunters in a deadly competition. Based on what's shown in the trailer, "Werewolf by Night" is shaping up to be one of the MCU's most unique entries to date as it evokes all the vibes of a classic Universal monster movie. From its nostalgically spooky narration to its black and white aesthetic, "Werewolf by Night" looks like an amazing homage to classic monster horror movies that isn't shying away from the character's bloody roots. The MCU has been dipping its toes into Marvel's horror side through the introductions of Moon Knight and Sam Raimi's vision for "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." With "Werewolf by Night," the MCU is going full-blown horror and is set to deliver a special treat for fans of the genre this Halloween season.

First details surrounding Echo

After making her debut in the 2021 Disney+ series "Hawkeye," Maya Lopez, aka Echo (Alaqua Cox), will return to lead her own series that also brings along two highly beloved Marvel characters. D23 offered those in attendance a first look at the upcoming "Echo," and while there's no public version of the trailer to watch, some of the details of what was shown have made their way online. Per IGN, the trailer shows that the series will take fans to Maya's hometown so that she can reconnect and reconcile with her past. For yet-to-be-revealed reasons, a pair of familiar faces are also along for the ride.

Vincent D'Onofrio and Charlie Cox are also set to reprise their roles of The Kingpin and Daredevil, respectively, basically making Echo a precursor to the upcoming series "Daredevil: Born Again." Echo is arguably one of the strongest parts of "Hawkeye" and the tension between her and her adoptive father Kingpin could be thrilling to watch unfold. In "Hawkeye," we got glimpses of Maya's past and her father's death, but it seems like were going to start to really get to know the character in "Echo." With Daredevil being added to mix here and in "She-Hulk," it's clear that he's going to be a big player in the MCU going forward. 

Disney revealed a new partnership for the animated series Iwájú

As revealed at D23, Disney Animation Studios is collaborating with Kugali Media, a company known for making African-inspired comic stories, for "Iwájú," an animated series set within a futuristic version of Lagos. "Iwájú" follows a young heiress and a poor boy as they traverse this futuristic and culturally driven world.

As reported by IGN, the series is meant to be a "love letter to Nigeria" with its mixing of African culture and more futuristic visuals. Based on the first few images we've gotten for "Iwájú," it gives off the same vibes as an animated Wakanda. It's great to see Disney treading new ground and offering a more diverse lineup of content by reaching out to Kugali Media for a collaboration that could end up making "Iwájú" a big hit when it hits Disney+ next year.

A first look at Season 3 of The Mandalorian

Although D23 provided a disappointing update for the next season of "The Mandalorian" in that fans will have to wait until February of next year to see the bounty hunter return to action, it did present us with a strong teaser trailer. After the events of "The Book of Boba Fett," in which Din Djarin, aka The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), and Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, reunite, it seems like they are about to go to war with other Mandalorians. It appears the bounty hunter is stripped of his title and about to become hunted by his own kind. 

It seems like there's going to be a growing conflict for the whole season, meaning that the tension is constantly going to be high and that fans will likely be in store for some epic battles. "The Mandalorian" has been a pivotal force in expanding "Star Wars" lore and it seems it will continue to do that with its upcoming third season.  

Final trailer for Andor revealed

"Andor" is the next big piece of "Star Wars" content that fans will be able to sink their teeth into as the series is set to arrive on Disney+ on September 21st. D23 delivered the final trailer for the series, which largely focuses on showcasing the intense atmosphere of this world of spies and rebels. In the show, title character Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) works as a pivotal player during the early days of the Rebellion, and the series shifts the spotlight to other characters who make their debut. 

This show takes fans into an incredibly intriguing time in "Star Wars" lore that could not only make it one of the darkest and most suspenseful stories told in "Star Wars," but also one of the most personally driven character stories, as it dives deep into the "Rouge One" favorite and his backstory. "Andor" is almost here and the latest trailer from D23 is raising the excitement levels.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 details

"Star Wars: The Bad Batch" is set to return for another season and D23 gave us some small updates. While there was no new trailer shown, we know that the second season is set to debut on Disney+ sometime in January of next year. Per IGN, the series will consist of 16 episodes and pick up quite some time after the first season with an older Bad Batch. Season 2 could possibly include a Wookiee Jedi, Commander Cody, and maybe even Emperor Palpatine. 

Given how close the season is to its release, it is a little concerning that its appearance at D23 didn't come with a new trailer. However, the small details we got are good enough to make the series' eventual return exciting. The "Clone Wars" successor will look to expand more on its story and central batch of characters while delivering stunning animated "Star Wars" action. 

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi gets first trailer

"The Bad Batch" Season 2 wasn't the only animated "Star Wars" series hyped at D23. The event unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming anthology series "Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi." The series will consist of six stories focusing on the personal journeys of notable characters and moments from "Star Wars" lore. It looks like it's basically rendered with the same animation style as "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "The Bad Batch," making it instantly nostalgic and focused on some fan-favorite characters. From the origins of Count Dooku and Ahsoka Tano to some skirmishes with a fearsome-looking Inquisitor, "Tales of the Jedi" is touching on all different elements of "Star Wars."

Most notably, the series brings back characters like Mace Windu, Yoda, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and more to round out the cast. It could offer a deeper glimpse into some of the franchise's biggest moments and characters. All in all, "Tales of the Jedi" looks like it shouldn't be missed by any "Star Wars" fan. 

Willow series gets an official trailer

Not too long ago, Disney announced it would be making a "Willow" TV series following up on the cult-adored 1988 fantasy adventure film. We now have an official trailer from D23 to stoke anticipation for its November 30th release. The series will see a new party of adventurers seek the help of the brave and heroic dwarf sorcerer Willow (Warwick Davis) for a rescue mission to save one of their own. 

Where the original film is sometimes regarded as an underappreciated classic, this series is showing a lot of potential to be a breakout success with the scope and strong budget behind it. Davis returning to the role is already a treat for fans, but the great effects and atmosphere for the fantasy world of "Willow" feel like a grand step forward. Perhaps Disney+ could have a family-friendly "Game of Thrones" or "Lord of the Rings" on its hands to compete with other streaming services.  

The first trailer for Percy Jackson is here

Disney's new "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series for Disney+ finally got its first teaser trailer showcasing the title character (Walker Scobell) arriving at a camp of demi-gods. Although fans know that Percy eventually becomes a grand hero, the teaser shows him as a targeted new kid at camp with his narration lamenting his status as a "half-blood." He attracts the ire of the intimidating other kids, including one in warrior armor. 

The series is set to release sometime next year and recently had its main cast revealed with "The Adam Project" breakout star Scobell portraying the lead and Aryan Simhardi and Leah Jeffries playing Percy's companions Grover and Annabeth, respectively. Although the trailer only gives us a small glimpse at the series, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" remains a highly anticipated series for Disney+ that could be another breakout moment for Scobell and his young co-stars. 

The Santa Clauses gets its first teaser

Tim Allen is set to return to "The Santa Clause" franchise with "The Santa Clauses," a series that continues the story of the films. The first teaser was shown at D23. In the series, Scott Calvin, aka Santa Claus (Allen), looks to retire and searches for a fitting replacement. As shown in the teaser, the cast is made up of returning characters like Bernard (David Krumholtz) and Mrs. Claus (Elizabeth Mitchell) as well as new characters like Santa's new right-hand elf Noel (Devin Bright) and single father Simon Choksi (Kal Penn). 

While it's nice to see Allen back in one of his most memorable roles, the teaser is a little odd. The idea of Peyton Manning trying out to be Santa definitely makes you cringe a bit and some folks might say that the hip-hop inspired Christmas music doesn't really fit. Nevertheless, The Santa Clauses is coming November 16th.

The Electric Mayhem talked about their Muppets series

The Muppets are returning to Disney+, but not in the obvious way. The Electric Mayhem is getting their own series, titled "The Muppets Mayhem," that follows the band on their journey to making their first album. Dr. Teeth and the gang came to D23 to perform one of their most well-known songs, "Can You Picture That?" This series could easily provide some great original "Muppets" music that fans can enjoy while putting some special focus on beloved characters. 

Lilly Singh stars as Nora, a junior A&R executive looking to help the band navigate the modern music business world. "The Muppets Mayhem" is likely to release sometime next year, and while we're still awaiting a real first look at the series, at least the band made an appearance at D23 to create some excitement and showcase their lovable personalities. Couldn't we all use a little more Animal in our lives? 

National Treasure returns with Edge of History

The "National Treasure" franchise is returning with the upcoming TV series "Edge of History," which will follow a new group of adventurers as they discover new treasures through various historical findings. The series features a lot of newcomers, including Lisette Olivera as a new lead protagonist and some pretty notable supporting stars like Harvey Keitel as a kindly mentor, as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones as the series' main antagonist. D23 provided fans with the first trailer that looks like it recaptures the magic of the films. 

Its sense of adventure and mystery all feel perfectly present, and this new cast could bring some refreshing personality and charm to the franchise. Sure, it's a bummer that it seems like Nicolas Cage is nowhere to be found, but "Edge of History" shows some potential to bring new life to the franchise when it debuts on Disney+ on December 14th. 

Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur looks ridiculous (in a good way)

While it's great that the MCU continues to be a thriving force for Marvel stories, Disney is set to tell a story outside the MCU with the upcoming animated series based on Marvel's "Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur." The series sees Lunella Lafayette (voiced by Diamond White) protect New York City as the superhero Moon Girl alongside her huge T-Rex crime-fighting partner Devil Dinosaur (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) and it just got its first trailer premiered at D23. 

The energy and animation style instantly burst with charm and color. As the show isn't directly tied to the MCU timeline, it can easily stand out on its own and come off like a very likable superhero story full of fun antics that viewers of any age can enjoy. "Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur" looks like it's off to a strong start on the way to its early 2023 premiere.