D23 Expo 2022 is upon us and fans of every Disney property are gearing up for a slew of new announcements about their favorite franchises.
The final annual celebration of all things Disney is sure to be an exciting event as well. With the presence of Marvel Studios, Pixar and Disney’s own animation studio, we can expect a ton of trailers, cast announcements and more for the latest lineup of Marvel movies, Disney Plus shows and more.
You will then want to know when D23 Expo 2022 will start, what time certain panels start and how you can livestream the event. Well, we’re here to help.
Below we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about the 2022 edition of the ultimate Disney fan event, including where to stay tuned for specific panels if you’re not attending. We find out why some panels are not shown live later.
So put on your favorite Marvel superhero, Star Wars character or Pixar cosplay and let’s dive in.
When does D23 Expo 2022 start?
D23 Expo 2022 starts on Friday, September 9 at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST / 10:30pm IST / 3am AEST (Saturday Sept 10).
Anyway, that’s the first panel of the convention to kick off. The doors of D23 Expo 2022 will open to visitors at 9:00 a.m. PT, so those lucky individuals have an hour to walk the show floor before heading to the weekend’s first panel. The event ends on Sunday, September 11, after which the event closes at 7 p.m. PT on that date.
The fan event will be held in Anaheim, California, but tickets sold out a long time ago, so those looking to travel to the US state at the last minute won’t want to book their flights and accommodation. However, there is a way for non-attendants to catch some of the weekend promotion.
Where can I view D23 Expo 2022 panels?
Those unable to attend D23 Expo 2022 will be pleased to hear that they can view certain panels online. Fans can tune in to the official D23 YouTube channel (opens in new tab) or D23.com (opens in new tab) to livestream some presentations, while the D23 Facebook (opens in new tab) and Twitter (opens in new tab) accounts will provide regular updates over the weekend.
Wait, why do we keep saying you can only stream a few panels? Unfortunately, the weekend’s biggest presentations are exclusive to attendees. That means you will not be able to livestream panels for Marvel Studios, Pixar, Disney Animation or Disney Studios live-action projects. That’s a huge shame, but from Disney’s perspective, it makes sense that the largest panels are event exclusives.
Which panels can I livestream at D23 Expo 2022?
It’s disappointing that we can’t livestream the convention’s largest panels, but there are also some that non-participants can tune in to. Here’s the full roster of D23 Expo 2022 presentations you can livestream (all times shown are PT):
Friday 9 September
- Awards Ceremony Disney Legends (10:30 a.m.)
- Showcase Disney & Marvel Games (13.00)
- Disney For Scores Podcast Live Celebrates Marvel Music (2:30 PM)
- Disney Legends in conversation (4 p.m.)
- D23 Expo Mousequerade 2022 (6:00 PM)
Saturday September 10
- Talkin’ Pets with National Geographic’s Vets (10:30 a.m.)
- Bob’s Burgers (12:00 PM)
- MARVEL COMICS: Celebrating 60 Years of the Amazing Spider-Man (2:00 PM)
- Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase: The Musical: The Extravaganza! (3:30 PM)
- D23 Disney Stars Trivia Showdown (6:00 PM)
- The Making of Disney100: The Exhibition (6.30pm)
Sunday 11 September
- A Boundless Future: Disney Parks, Experiences and Products (10:30am)
- Walt Disney Imagineering: 70 Years of Making the Impossible Possible (1pm)
- Explore the world with the next generation of National Geographic! (3:45 PM)
- D23 Disney Stars Trivia Showdown (5:00 PM)
What to expect from the largest panels of D23 Expo
While we won’t be able to watch them live, we still receive a whole host of information – through social media and other channels – about the biggest panels at D23 Expo 2022.
Let’s start with Marvel Studios’ Hall H panel. While it won’t be streamed live, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) can expect a slew of content and announcements from this 90-minute presentation.
First off, we’re sure to hear more details about the last few MCU Phase 4 projects. That should include a new trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as well as official Disney Plus release dates for TV specials Werewolf by Night and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. The latter duo still haven’t been given any launch dates, so expect Marvel to confirm when they’ll arrive on its streaming service.
In the meantime we can expect something big news about some Marvel Phase 5 and Phase 6 productions. MCU insiders suggest we get teaser trailers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Secret Invasion, the first MCU projects to be released in 2023. Marvel may reveal official launch dates for Secret Invasion, What If…? season 2, Echo and Loki season 2 also during the panel.
We may also receive official casting news for Blade, Captain America: New World Order and The Thunderbolts – the last of that trio is particularly intriguing, given the rumors of who will be part of this anti-hero group’s lineup in recent days.
Speaking of cast announcements, the biggest reveal of the weekend could be reserved for Marvel’s Fantastic Four movie reboot, which will be the first superhero movie to launch the studio’s Phase 6 plans. There’s been a lot of speculation over the past week about who will be cast as the iconic quartet, so we’d be surprised if Marvel didn’t confirm which actors Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm, The Human Torch and Thing will play at D23 Expo 2022.
Finally, Marvel could reveal some other Phase 6 projects. The studio has only announced three movies so far, so we can learn more about some of the other productions that will be part of the Phase 6 series. Don’t quote us on that though – there are plenty of other movies and TV shows Marvel can talk about at D23 Expo, so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if no new Phase 6 projects are revealed.
Elsewhere, we can expect more details on Strange World, Disney Animation Studios’ next animated feature. At Pixar, we’ll be sure to discover the official plot and cast details, as well as a teaser trailer for Elemental, the 27th Pixar movie.
As for Star Wars, it’s likely Lucasfilm will give us some news about the upcoming slate. Star Wars Celebration 2022 didn’t take place until the end of May, so it’s unlikely we’ll see too many announcements. However, we should get more information about upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows, like Andor, which launches on Disney Plus on September 21. We can also learn more about Taika Waititi’s untitled Star Wars movie, The Bad Batch Season 2, Skeleton Crew, and The Acolyte.
If Lucasfilm really wants to make a splash, it would be tongue-in-cheek if they showed us footage from The Mandalorian season 3 and Ahsoka’s solo live-action series. Failing that, official release dates wouldn’t hurt the pair.
Aside from movie and TV content, The Disney and Marvel Games Showcase should provide a lot of news for gamers to get excited about. From Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Marvel’s Midnight Suns to Marvel’s Wolverine and the Indiana Jones title from Lucasfilm/Machine Games, there’s a lot to be excited about in the game world when it comes to Disney property.