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Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Disney underwhelm with its CinemaCon 2023presentation

No new material from Marvel or Lucasfilm during the 90-minute presentation

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After April 25’s big DC Studios presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas — which included unseen clips of both Blue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom for those in the room, and the wide release of the new trailer for The Flash for everyone else — we were primed for something similar from Marvel Studios during Wednesday’s Walt Disney presentation. Unfortunately, that’s very much not what we got.

Instead, Marvel was represented by a screening of the first trailer for The Marvels — released two weeks ago — and a clip from next week’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 that was simply an extended cut of a clip released online last week, before the presentation moved onto other Disney projects, including casting announcements for animated fantasy movie Wish — Chris Pine has joined the cast — and clips of The Little Mermaid, Haunted Mansion, and 20th Century Studios’ The Creator, a new science-fiction project from Gareth Edwards, the director of Rogue One that’s due in theaters this fall.

Additionally, trailers were shown for Next Goal Wins, a soccer comedy from Taika Waititi, and A Haunting in Venice, the latest Agatha Christie adaptation from director Kenneth Branagh, which features Michelle Yeoh in the cast. 20 minutes of Pixar’s upcoming Elemental was also screened in 3D.

Those hoping for something new from Lucasfilm were similarly disappointed, with audiences shown what’s been described as “an action-packed clip just for CinemaCon” from this summer’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny which, from the descriptions of those inside the room, sounds remarkably like the similarly “exclusive” footage shown at Star Wars Celebration Europe just a few weeks ago. All told, it was a surprisingly low-key performance from Disney… but perhaps that’s understandable, given the recent SWCE event and Comic-Con International just a handful of months away.

CinemaCon continues through April 27, and Popverse will continue to share the latest news as it happens.

Keep up to date with what’s happening with upcoming superhero movies with our calendar of future releases.

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