Waving their proverbial magic wand at the D23 Expo earlier today, Disney announced a fantastical parade of films that will be cast a spell on us through 2019.
From superheroes to space operas to nutcrackers that come alive at midnight, everything the House of Mouse has conjured for the next two years was officially announced to legions of Disneyphiles, who are already blogging and tweeting their expectations. You’ve probably already seen previews for some of these, including the new A Wrinkle In Time trailer that just touched down from another dimension.
Also expected to appear onscreen are live-action versions of several animated classics, including one directed by Tim Burton (you’ll never guess it if you don’t already know). You may notice one is missing: Aladdin may now officially have a cast, but not a release date, and will probably take fans for a magic carpet ride before the genie grants that wish.
And then there’s Star Wars. Han Solo’s solo film is taking off, and speculation on Episode IX is running rampant while nobody even remotely knows what is supposed to happen in Episode VIII, but a certain walking carpet will always stand beside his scruffy-looking nerf herder.
Whether you’d rather shoot explosive bursts of energy out of your hands, dance with twinkling fairies or travel billions of light-years through space to Uriel and Camazotz, there’s a fantasia here for you.
Thor: Ragnarok (November 3)
The end of the world suddenly doesn’t sound so ominous when you have the Thunder God wielding his hammer for Asgard. Oh, and Thor vs. the Hulk. Enough said.
Coco (November 22)
Dream of meeting your departed idol, and it just might happen, as it does to an aspiring guitar star who finds himself in an underworld alive with music and mystery.
Star Wars: the Last Jedi (December 15)
Far, far away on Ahch-to, the lightsabers pick up where The Force Awakens left off, with a traumatized Luke training Rey, but have the Jedi seen their last double sunset?
Black Panther (February 16)
Leaping from Captain America: Civil War, the claws come out from behind the bulletproof mask when Prince T’Challa is faced with an old enemy who could shred everything he lives for.
A Wrinkle in Time (March 9)
When misfit Meg spirals into another dimension billions of light-years away to rescue her father from an evil telepathic brain, it takes the theory right out of theoretical physics.
Avengers: Infinity War (May 4)
Move over, Star Wars: May the fourth be with the Avengers this time as they take on Thanos, the purple-faced lord of death who leaves nothing but bodies in his wake.
Untitled Han Solo movie (May 25)
This portal into the space cowboy’s past (not without his Wookiee sidekick) will have the high-flying rogue meeting Lando and running into Obi-Wan and Luke at the Mos Eisley Cantina.
Incredibles 2 (June 15)
Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack are back in a second adventure that is said to start exactly a minute after the first one leaves them about to face the Underminer.
Ant-Man & The Wasp (July 6)
Crawling out of prison after Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang adds to his fugitive cred in this sequel to Ant-Man. No Yellowjacket buzz, but Wasp is going in for the sting.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (November 2)
If you were ever enchanted by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, this live-action version of Clara’s midnight adventure is dancing with dewdrops, sugarplums and winter wonders.
Captain Marvel (tentative date March 8)
An accidental alien DNA fusion leaves Air Force pilot Carol Danvers with paranormal powers, but the SFX we really can’t wait to see are the energy explosions she shoots from her hands.
Star Wars Episode IX (tentative date May 24)
This obviously has to be the turn of events after The Last Jedi, except we’re still clueless about what happens in Episode VIII, let alone IX—but no, Leia will not be re-created with CGI.
The fact that this is going to be directed by Tim Burton makes you wonder whether there will be some creepy aspect to the flying elephant, but isn't a flying elephant in itself just creepy?
Frozen 2 (tentative date November 27)
Because a legion of Frozen fans just couldn’t let it go, this sequel has enough anticipation behind it to melt an iceberg. Brace yourself for a Let It Go reprise and more Olaf.
Mary Poppins Returns (tentative date December 25)
In this sequel to the iconic 1964 film, Jane and Michael Banks have finally grown up, but an unforeseen Depression-era tragedy sends someone familiar floating in on her umbrella.
Untitled Avengers movie
While there is much speculation about this movie being Secret Wars in disguise, you’d need mind-reading powers to know, but it will involve Thanos, who can only wreak more havoc.
Live-action Lion King
So nobody is actually going to bring in an entire zoo to re-create The Lion King, but rumor has it the CGI animals are so photo-real that you’ll actually think hippos can dance.
Any secrets about this live-action redux are still hiding out with Mushu somewhere, but we can only hope it will bring a warrior’s honor to the original (and keep the lucky cricket).
Untitled DisneyToon Studio film
What we do know: This will be animated. What we don’t know: everything else. Except that it could possibly be a Planes sequel, but that’s still speculation which is up in the air.