CinemaCon Day 2 Recap - Disney Teases INFINITY WAR & ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, But THE LION KING Steals The Show

CinemaCon Day 2 Recap - Disney Teases INFINITY WAR & ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, But THE LION KING Steals The Show

CinemaCon Day 2 Recap - Disney Teases INFINITY WAR & ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, But THE LION KING Steals The Show

Walt Disney Studios brought the heat this morning in the first of three studio presentations today at CinemaCon and I've compiled a quick recap of the event for you to browse through. Come take a look!

Unlike Sony Pictures' star-studded presentation last night, Walt Disney's presentation today was a lot more business-like as the studio stuck to their content and shared exclusive footage from some of the biggest upcoming blockbusters, including Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the WaspSolo: A Star Wars Story, Aladdin, and The Lion King.

Read my recap of the Walt Disney Studios presentation below:

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Avengers: Infinity War

While many in attendance were expecting a surprise screening of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War this morning, Disney instead opted to showcase an extended clip from the highly-anticipated blockbuster, which is due out this Friday.

Without getting too deep into spoiler territory, the new clip was essentially an extended sneak peek of the Guardians finding Thor (Chris Hemsworth) floating around in deep space. We also catch some of the immediate aftermath as Thor quickly acquaints himself with the protectors of the Galaxy and forms a surprising connection with Gamora (Zoe Saldana).

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Marvel Studios then debuted the new trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp and it looked pretty sensational as we're treated to a lot more bite-sized action from Marvel's next.

The new trailer opens with some Giant Man (Paul Rudd) action, but things quickly take a turn for the worst and Lang ends up doing more harm than good, which leaves him questioning his ability as a superhero. However, after getting some sage advice from a young Cassie Lang (Abby Ryder Fortson), who tells him to get a partner, we're then treated to a much better look at The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) in action, who despite being the new kid on the Marvel block, looks like an absolute veteran in the superhero game.

We also get a little more information about the main villain, Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), who has stolen Pym tech to get her phasing abilities, a powerset that will cause major headaches for both of our heroes. There's a quick shot of Sonny Birch (Walton Goggins) and we're reunited with Luis (Michael Pena), Dave (T.I.), and Kurt (David Dastmalchian), who have opened up some sort of business and have apparently gone legit, however, they are also quick to remind Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) that they did try to rob him in the last movie.

There's no sign of Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, but the trailer ends with the introduction of Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster, who reveals himself as Goliath. He has a spirited conversation with Lang where he reveals that he was able to max out at 21 feet back in the day, to which Lang reveals that he's currently topping out at 65 feet!

It's uncertain exactly when the new trailer will be online, but expect it to drop much sooner rather than later. 

Captain Marvel

Before Marvel Studios wrapped it up, they did briefly tease Captain Marvel. While they didn't have anything to show since it only started filming last month, they did give us a beautiful look at the above concept art in full hi-resolution, which was quite a treat.

With Marvel Studios expected to skip Hall H this year, it's uncertain when we'll get the first trailer, but it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that it may be attached to Ant-Man and the Wasp this summer.

Christopher Robin

Next up, Disney showcased their upcoming Winnie the Pooh live-action adventure, Christopher Robin, which sees Ewan McGregor take on the role of an adult Robin. We were shown an extended sneak peek that featured plenty of new footage of Pooh and his friends (Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga, and Roo) entering the real world to help remind Christopher Robin what it means to be a kid again.

McGregor, Hayley Atwell, and director Marc Forster all made appearances in an extended sizzle reel to preview the upcoming August release.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Next up was new footage from The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a live-action adaptation of the famous ballet. Since the movie isn't due out till November, we were mostly shown a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel featuring a look at the making of the movie and fresh interviews with stars Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman.

Mary Poppins Returns

Full disclosure: I've never seen the original Mary Poppins, so I don't really have anything to make a comparison with. However, the new trailer for Mary Poppins Returns that we were shown looked like a ton of fun and it really looks like Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) had an absolute blast breathing new life into this iconic character. 

The movie hits theaters on Christmas Day, so it may be a while before Disney releases the new trailer online, but it sure looks like they may have another major hit on their hands at the end of the calendar year.


After Mary Poppins Returns, Disney really started to bring the heat and debuted our first look at Tim Burton's upcoming live-action Dumbo movie and the model pictured above really doesn't do the final product justice. 

The sizzle reel didn't show us Dumbo in action since the effects are still far from being finalized, but we did get to see plenty of Colin Farrell and Danny DeVito as their characters work together to protect Dumbo while also trying their best to keep their circus alive. It should also be noted that the film looks unlike anything we've ever seen from Burton, which should be promising news. The movie hits March 29, 2019.


Guy Ritchie's Aladdin was next on the docket and we actually got to see a lot more footage than I was expecting, including extended first looks at Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith as our three heroes. 

The movie looks exactly how you'd expect a Guy Ritchie-directed Aladdin movie to look with some pretty impressive action beats that will bring back fond memories of Ritchie's other works, including King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. All three actors look set to shine, although Will Smith is undoubtedly going to be a quick fan-favorite with his iteration of the Genie, who isn't made up of any CGI, but does sport a variety of different looks throughout the film.

I should also quickly note that while the movie does look very good, some of the footage did make it sort of look like a big-budget Bollywood movie rip-off that was directed by a non-Indian/non-Middle Eastern.

Incredibles 2

With the movie out in June, Disney showed off the opening action sequence from Incredibles 2, which picked up shortly after the events of the first movie as we see the Parr family race back into action (while splitting babysitting duty) to stop the Underminer and his enormous drill. Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) also returns to lend his friends a hand and without getting too deep into spoiler territory, the clip ends with an interesting proposition. 

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

In what was easily the most crowd-pleasing showcase of the morning, Disney brought a new clip from Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 that featured ALL of the Disney princesses getting some much-needed advice from young Vanellope (Sarah Silverman).

The entire sequence was quite hysterical as we saw Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Anna, Elsa, and Moana bring to light some of their wildest origin stories and shed some of their past princess stereotypes. C-3PO also makes a surprise appearance at the end.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Disney then moved on to Lucasfilm and shared an extended clip from Solo: A Star Wars Story, revealing the first meeting between Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), who quickly hit it off and engage in a seriously high stakes game of sabacc. 

The tension continues to escalate as Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) and Chewbacca watch from the sidelines before Lando finally wagers his Millenium Falcon and just when it's about to get really good, the clip cuts to black, although if you know your Star Wars lore, then you can probably guess what happens next.

The Lion King

Disney really saved the best for last and shared a quick preview of the "Circle of Life" opening from Jon Favreau's The Lion King and it looked absolutely phenomenal.

Simba (Donald Glover) and Rafiki (John Kani) are the only main characters we get to see up close in the breathtaking sequence, but both looked quite stunning and the young lion cub is surely going to steal more than a few hearts when he makes his grand debut summer 2019.
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