7 Biggest Takeaways from Disney Expo: ''Infinity War,' 'The Last Jedi' and 'Mary Poppins Returns'

We're back for Day Two of D23, a fan convention for all things Disney in Anaheim, for a sneak peek at the company's live-action movie slate.

Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all presenting never-before-seen footage and behind-the-scenes glimpses at their upcoming movies, including "Thor: Ragnarok," "Black Panther," "Avengers: Infinity War," "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," "A Wrinkle In Time" and "Mary Poppins Returns."

Click below for a breakdown of Friday's animation panel, including info on sequels to "The Incredibles" and "Wreck-It Ralph."

A Wrinkle of Time

The first trailer for Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle’s classic book, “A Wrinkle In Time,” directed by Ava DuVernay, was screened first.

The film tells the tale of a young girl (Storm Reid) who travels through space and time to find her scientist father. The film also stars Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey.

DuVernay, Reid, Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Kaling and Winfrey were all on hand for the presentation.

"I saw myself in it, I saw many different kinds of people in it, personalities in it," DuVernay said of what attracted her to the project. She said her goal was to build a cast that "looked like the real world" and was able to land her first choice for every role.

Kaling said her character, Mrs. Who, even quotes JAY-Z in the film. New Disney Legend Winfrey -- who plays Mrs. Which -- added she had never read the book, but was attracted to a role who was powerful, wore "amazing costumes" and got to work with Mindy and Reese. She also got the crowd roaring by yelling, "YOU GET A POSTER! YOU GET A POSTER!"

As for the trailer itself, it was gorgeous. Set to a moody cover of "Sweet Dreams," it showed wondrous new worlds, amazing costumes and quite a few creepy moments and action set pieces.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Disney unveiled the first look at the latest adaptation of the famous ballet, this one starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Mackenzie Foy and Morgan Freeman.

The costumes in the sneak peek were over the top, the music powerful and dances featuring Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin looked gorgeous.

Lil Buck, who plays the Mouse King in the movie, then hit the stage for show off his impressive moves.

The movie dances into theaters November 2, 2018.

Mary Poppins Returns

Starring Emily Blunt as the title character and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the new movie is a sequel to the 1964 classic.

Set "two dozen" years after the original film, the new one takes place during the Great Depression. Michael (Ben Wishaw), now a widower with three children, is facing hard times while dealing with a "heartless bank manager" played by Colin Firth. It's then that Mary pops back up in his life.

The movie also stars Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep and OG star Dick Van Dyke. According to director Rob Marshall, Van Dyke said "the same feeling of joy" was present on set during filming.

The first teaser for the movie -- which Blunt herself hadn't seen yet -- showed the Banks house, a sad Michael and his children and a kite flying through the air with Miranda holding it, before Poppins emerged through the clouds, flying with her umbrella.

The montage put the focus on Poppins' magic, Van Dyke dancing up a storm, a mix of live-action and animation (like the original) and a beautiful musical number with an army of lamplighters.

The movie will be released December 25, 2018.


Mena Massoud was announced as the new Aladdin for the live-action adaption, after it was previously reported that Disney was having some trouble casting the role. Naomi Scott, from "Power Rangers," will play Jasmine.

The Lion King

Disney teased the adaptation by playing footage of "The Circle of Life," featuring "live" animals re-enacting the famous opening scene.

Yes, Rafiki will hold baby Simba up at the top of a mountain, introducing him to the pride, they kneel, it looks beautiful.

"Lion King" is set for a July 19, 2019 release.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Director Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie and newcomers Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro were on hand for the presentation.

Johnson shared a photo of Dern holding up a blaster. Apparently, the actress was even caught shouting "pew pew" on set while brandishing the weapon.

For Del Toro, he said he's been a fan of the franchise since he was 10. "When you mentioned the title, I was like, let's go!" he told Johnson about joining the franchise.

Johnson told Hamill -- who yes, will speak in this movie -- that working with him was "so magical." Hamill called the movie a "real game changer."

Some behind-the-scenes footage from the set was shared, showing the late Carrie Fisher as well as her daughter Billie Lourd on set. "It's about family and thats whats so powerful about it," Fisher said in an interview.

The footage teased new sets, creatures and fight scenes. In one, Daisy Ridley's seen taking on three different men with her lightsaber. "Rian has written a story that's unexpected, but right," Ridley explained. "Some of the stuff that happens, people are going to be like, 'Oh my gosh!'"

There were glimpses at Lupita Nyong'o with tracking dots all over her face, Ridley and Boyega dancing in costume on set, shots of Kylo Ren and more.

"The Last Jedi" hits theaters December 15.

Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel president Kevin Feige was joined by a ton of stars from "Avengers: Infinity War," including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Thanos himself Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, John Cheadle, David Baustista, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland.

After showing footage from all thee previous Marvel films, it was time for an "Infinity War" trailer.

The new footage kicked off with the Guardians of the Galaxy rescuing Thor, who crashes into the Milano's windshield as he drifts through space. It appears to happen after the events of "Ragnarok," as he's rocking his new 'do. When he wakes up onboard the Guardians' ship, his first words: "Who the hell are you guys?"

The rest of the footage was fast and furious, featuring appearances from pretty much EVERY Marvel star to date. Loki was spotted with the Tesseract, Spider-Man's seen using his Spider-Sense and rocking the gold-trimmed suit unveiled at the end of "Homecoming," Captain America's rocking a new beard, Black Panther and The Winter Soldier are both seen kicking ass and Thanos himself got a lot of screen time. Perhaps most shocking off all, however, was Black Widow's blonde hair!

The clip ended with the purple guy -- looking more like Brolin than ever before -- bringing hellfire down from the cosmos, as Peter Quill and Doctor Strange work together to fight back.

In short, it looks like everything you want from "Infinity War," though Hawkeye was mysteriously MIA.

The movie hits theaters May 4, 2018.

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