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With Disney announcing an astounding ten new Marvel projects at San Diego Comic-Con, fans were eager to see what the company would have left to unveil for their streaming platform at D23 Expo. It turns out, quite a lot actually. Kevin Mayer, Gary Marsh, and Kevin Feige all took the stage to talk about all the projects brewing for Disney+, including The Mandalorian, a Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel show, and a new Jeff Goldblum show. The news out of the D23 Disney+ panel is proof Disney doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon, which can only be a good thing for fans.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

The new, diverse cast of the TV show kicked off the panel by performing an updated version of “All in This Together.” They then revealed the plot of the show, which is pretty meta and tongue-in-cheek: the show focuses on a group of theater kids who attend the actual high school where High School Musical, and who are putting on a school production of High School Musical.

Monsters at Work

The show, featuring Aisha Tyler and Ben Feldman, features a recent new monster grad having to find his way in an all new world. Ben plays the main character, a top-of-his-class Scarer who discovers upon his first day of work that they’ve switched over to laugh power.

Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe

Candace is Pineas and Ferb’s long-suffering sister, and she takes center stage this time around. Candace is abducted by aliens, and so Phineas and Ferb enact an ambitious rescue plan.

The Disney+ platform will have all 127 episodes of the series, along with this new movie.

Lady and the Tramp

They debuted a trailer for the live-action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp, which features a cast of rescue dogs.

Lizzie McGuire 

A brand new Lizzie McGuire series is coming, focused on an all grown up Lizzie. They are bringing back the original creator Terri Minsky, as well as Hilary Duff. Lizzie Mcguire was the voice of millennials, so they hope she can speak to a whole new generation.

Hilary Duff took the stage to discuss the project. “Lizzie is older, wiser, and has a much bigger shoe budget. She has her dream job, an apprentice to a fancy NYC decorator. She has her dream guy, who owns a cool Soho restaurant, and she’s preparing to celebrate 30th birthday.” But not all is perfect and well. “Lizzie is still fighting with her 13-year-old animated, no-holds-barred Lizzie who is in adult Lizzie’s head.”

Forky Asks a Question

This series of shorts will focus on the existential spork from Toy Story 4 as he explores the world and questions, well, everything. We got a clip of one of the shorts, which featured Forky asking “what is money?” Hamm shows up and knowledgeable answers the question, but Forky amusingly is unable to focus. It’s like a mixture of a TEDtalk and a stand-up comedy routine.

New Marvel Shows: Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk

The most exciting reveal from Feige was that Kamala Khan, Jennifer Walters, and Marc Specter are all coming to the MCU. They will all star in their own shows — Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight, respectively — before crossing over into the MCU.

What If…? 

Based on a comic series where they take a storyline you know and change one element to see how it will change the outcome.

We were shown a short clip of the show that featured snapshots of the diverging timelines: what if the Captain America lab was destroyed before Steve could receive the serum, what if Starlord was black, what if Captain America was  a zombie.

The most impressive reveal was that there will be one AU where it’s Peggy Carter who gets the super soldier serum instead of Steve, and steps out to become the muscular Captain Carter.

Loki

The head writer and director told fans that the show will explore questions like: where did Loki go after he picked up the Tesseract in Endgame, can Loki ever make a friend, and will the sun ever shine on him again?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

We learned exclusively at D23 that Sharon Carter is going to be a part of the show. The show will also introduce John Walker, played by Wyatt Russell. Fans may recognize Walker as the real-life name of the hero Super-Patriot.

WandaVision

The writer and director took the stage to talk about the overall aesthetic of the show. The show has not begun filming yet but we saw a clip that glitches back and forth between scenes of The Dick van Dyke Show and scenes of Wanda and Vision from various MCU films. They promise it’s half ’60s sitcom, half MCU spectacular inspired by The Dick van Dyke Show.

The big D23 reveal was that Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis from Thor is going to be apart of the show, as is Randall Park’s Agent Jimmy Wu from Ant-Man.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

We saw the trailer for the show, which features Goldblum meeting people passionate about shoes, jewelry, shoes, tattoos, etc. Goldbum sings, dances, and meets people from all walks of life. He’ll be traveling all around the world, learning new things, and asking quirky questions along the way.

Clone Wars and Cassian Andor

Lucasfilms’ Kathleen Kennedy took the stage to talk about all the various projects they have planned to put exclusively on Disney+. The entire library of Star Wars related films and shows will be exclusively on the platform.

It was announced that in February 2020 we will see a debut of an all new Clone Wars.

And excitingly, Diego Luna will return as Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk will return as K-2SO in an untitled new show. It will obviously be a prequel to the events of Rogue One. “There will be a telenovela moment [in the show],” Luna jokes.

The Mandalorian

Jon Favreau took the stage to talk about how the show took shape. He pitched it as a story that takes place in a world where there’s no central government and chaos reigns. He likened it to the wild west or old samurai films, where there’s roving bands of mercenaries and people fighting for their own survival. Amidst all that, the Mandalorian be our protagonist.

The cast of Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, and Taika Waititi came out on stage to thank fans for supporting them. We also saw a trailer; the show will be available on November 12 when the service drops.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars
To close out the event,  Ewan McGregor took the stage. Kennedy confirmed McGregor is indeed playing Obi-Wan Kenobi again in an all new project centered on the character.

“All the scripts are written and we can’t wait to start shooting next year,” said Kennedy.

We also learned about several live action projects like the Christmas-y Noelle, the musically romantic Stargirl, Kristen Bell’s Encore (a nonfiction show about former theater geeks who reignite their passion as adults), and Gina Rodriguez’s Diary of a Female President. There is also a Muppets show set for 2020!

The Disney+ platform will debut on November 12, 2019.

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