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Disney at CinemaCon 2022: The Latest Film Updates on ‘Avatar 2,’ ‘Lightyear,’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ and More

Disney at CinemaCon 2022

CinemaCon is an annual meeting of theater owners where studios present highlights of upcoming films in order to convince the theaters to book more of the movies.

This year it takes place at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and this is the week it all happens.

Today was Disney’s presentation, where in the two hours allotted they wanted to show the best of the films they have coming out in the near future.


The entrance lobby was filled with Disney film art:


Here is The Colosseum before the doors open for the presentation:


Disney was adamant that all phones be put away so no footage snuck out onto the internet, as usually happens at Comic-Cons.

WARNING: There may be small spoilers in the information below, so read at your own risk.


The presentation started with a quick sizzle reel that included glimpses of “Avatar 2,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Lightyear,” and “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

According to sources, the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” footage included a shot of Nakia, Shuri & Okoye all on the front line of what looked like a major battle approaching.

Then Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige took the stage. He said he’s heading back to a Marvel Studios creative team retreat immediately after CinemaCon, where they’re planning the next 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Feige said “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is on schedule for its November 11, 2022 debut, that he and director Ryan Coogler are working very hard on finishing it up, and the first teaser trailer will be released in June.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever title card

He then segued to “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” saying it has already made $42M in pre-sales.

Then the first 15-20 minutes from the film were shown. Reportedly the footage showed America Chavez using her portal to escape a fight with Doctor Strange and Shuma-Gorath (aka Gargantos), instead bringing it into our main MCU…during Christine Palmer’s wedding. This leads to an epic shot of Strange switching into costume and diving out to help. There’s also a Spider-Man joke.

The film is in theaters in the U.S. on May 6, 2022.

Doctor Strange - America Chavez vs Gargantos

Next came 30 minutes of “Lightyear” footage, introduced by a video of actor Chris Evans who voices the real Buzz in the film.

Overall reaction is this is one of Pixar’s finest. No details were given, except to validate that I was right about Sox the robot cat being a big star of the film.

Disney better have a lot of Sox merchandise ready for the film’s release.

“Lightyear” is in theaters June 17, 2022.

Lightyear - Buzz and Sox

Next up was a look at director David O. Russels’ new film “Amsterdam,” being released by 20th Century Studios and New Regency.

It’s being described as an original romantic crime epic during the early 20th century, starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldaña, Anya Taylor-Joy, Michael Shannon, Taylor Swift, Mike Myers, and Robert De Niro.

It will be in theaters November 4, 2022. This one could be an Oscar-contender.

Amsterdam film - Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington

Also from 20th Century Studios is the “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” hitting theaters May 27, 2022.

Prior to the CinemaCon presentation, the latest posters for the Bob’s Burger Movie were released today:

They also showed opening footage from the film, but I’m hearing some of that is already available in the official trailer released earlier this month. Nobody was really talking about this part of the presentation online, but here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it:


Rounding out Disney’s presentation at CinemaCon 2022 was the highly anticipated “Avatar 2″…or “Avatar: The Way of the Water,” as it’s now known by.

Producer Jon Landau first said they will be re-releasing the original “Avatar” in theaters around the world on September 23, 2022, with remastered picture and sound.

According to Landau, the four planned sequels will be about Jake and Nyteri’s family — each a standalone film but part of a greater connected epic saga.

Actors Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, CCH Pounder, and Matt Gerald are all returning, joining new cast including Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, and Vin Diesel.

“Avatar: The Way of the Water” will release in 160 languages worldwide starting December 14, and be released in the U.S. on December 16, 2022.

It will also will have more versions than any movie ever when it arrives in theaters, including high resolution, high frame rates, 3D, IMAX, PLF, and different sound systems like Dolby.

Then James Cameron gave a special message on screen from Wellington, NZ where he’s shooting, just for the CinemaCon audience, introducing an exclusive first look at the 3D teaser trailer.

If you weren’t at CinemaCon, the teaser trailer will next be shown only in theaters, in front of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” showings for the first week of release.

Ah…corporate synergy. I’m sure it’ll be online sometime after that. Now Disney has to figure out how to incorporate this and future sequels into “Pandora – The World of Avatar” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Avatar - water

And that ended the Disney presentation at CinemaCon 2022. Any of the films on your list to see? Did these presentations release news that makes you more excited to see these films in theaters? Let us know in the comments.