CinemaCon 2024: Disney Presentation | Moviefone


Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Shawn Levy, Barry Jenkins, Amy Poehler and Kevin Feige at Disney's 2024 CinemaCon Presentation.

(L to R) Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Shawn Levy, Barry Jenkins, Amy Poehler and Kevin Feige at Disney’s 2024 CinemaCon Presentation. Photo: Disney.


  • Disney, as expected, went big on Pixar and Marvel.
  • The likes of ‘Deadpool’, ‘Inside Out 2’ and more were showcased.
  • ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ also showed footage.

Disney might not be enjoying quite the same cinematic dominance as it once did, but it still has some heavy hitters thanks to the likes of ‘Avatar’, ‘Star Wars’ and more.

Before the main presentation, we were treated to a PSA from no less than Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in their ‘Deadpool and Wolverine‘ outfits, reminding the audience not to silence cellphones (it included a skit about Deadpool trying to spoil Marvel’s upcoming Avengers movie ‘Secret Wars’, but being interrupted by a ringing phone, leading to a filthy rant.)

Disney Co-Chair Alan Bergman kicked things off by saying that while every movie can’t be on the level of ‘Avatar’, but that the company continues to invest in event movies. A timeline on screen certainly attested to that, with confirmations of the various ‘Avatar’, Marvel and other titles.

And talking of event movies…

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Proximus Caesar (voiced by Kevin Durand) in 20th Century Studios' 'Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes.'

Proximus Caesar (voiced by Kevin Durand) in 20th Century Studios’ ‘Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes.’ Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

First up was the next generation of the ‘Apes’ franchise, which has the unenviable task of following the Matt Reeves films.

Set decades after those movies, Wes Ball’s new effort is focused on the young ape known as Noah, and a couple of footage clips looked truly impressive –– Weta’s effects team once more working wonders on the motion capture apes.

‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ is in theaters on May 10th, so not too long to wait now.

Not Yet Rated2 hr 25 minMay 10th, 2024

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant… Read the Plot

Switching things up, we swim to…

Daisy Ridley as Trudy Ederle in Disney’s live-action 'Young Woman and the Sea'.

Daisy Ridley as Trudy Ederle in Disney’s live-action ‘Young Woman and the Sea’. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2024 Disney Enterprises Inc. All Rights Reserved.

This based-on-truth tale stars Daisy Ridley as Trudy Ederle, the first woman to successfully swim the English Channel. Directed by Joachim Rønning and written by Jeff Nathanson, a new trailer for the movie was shown, which you can find below:

‘The Young Woman and the Sea’ paddles into theaters on May 31st.

“Defy the odds”

PG1 hr 40 minMay 31st, 2024

Daisy Ridley stars as the accomplished swimmer who was born to immigrant parents in New York City in 1905. Through the steadfast support of her older sister and… Read the Plot

Next up was Pixar’s next big sequel…

Amy Poehler at Disney's 2024 CinemaCon Presentation.

Amy Poehler at Disney’s 2024 CinemaCon Presentation. Photo: Disney.

The return to the world of a young girl’s head has been a controversial one so far, with several of the voice cast deciding not to return after low pay offers.

But Amy Poehler is back as main character Joy, here confronting some new emotions as her charge Riley enters the tween/teenaged stage.

Poehler was present to introduce roughly 35 minutes from the start of the film and enthuse about how much Joy means to her.

As you might expect from Pixar, the footage went over very well, packed full of emotional power. (The likes of Maya Hawke, Ayo Edebiri and Paul Walter Hauser are among the new voices for this one.)

‘Inside Out 2’ will be out on June 14th.

“Make room for new emotions.”

Not Yet RatedJun 14th, 2024

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Teenager Riley’s mind headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and… Read the Plot

And so we leave the sweet animation world for somewhere very different…

Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige at Disney's 2024 CinemaCon Presentation.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige at Disney’s 2024 CinemaCon Presentation. Photo: Disney.

Kevin Feige walked on stage to talk about upcoming Marvel output. In keeping with Disney’s new mandate of quality over quantity, there is only one main movie from the MCU gang this year.

Feige cracked that they had Deadpool design a popcorn bucket to tie-in with ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ and can’t wait for us to… experience it. The mind shudders.

‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ will be with us on July 26th.

“Come together.”

Not Yet RatedJul 26th, 2024

Third entry in the “Deadpool” franchise. Plot TBA. Read the Plot

Feige moved on to future movies. He dropped word that the ‘Thunderbolts’ movie is actually titled ‘Thunderbolts*’ and that the asterisk will be explained at some point soon. That movie will be with us on May 5th, 2025.
Then it was time to look further –– Feige mentioned that his team is developing two of their movies to shoot with IMAX cameras, including ‘The Fantastic Four’, which will finally kick off production in a couple of months.

Anthony Mackie and Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige at Disney's 2024 CinemaCon Presentation.

(L to R) Anthony Mackie and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige at Disney’s 2024 CinemaCon Presentation. Photo: Disney.

The Marvel boss moved on to ‘Captain America: Brave New World‘, citing the influence of ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’. He described the movie thus far as fast-paced and grounded and focused on Sam Wilson.

With that, Anthony Mackie took the stage, to a salute from Feige –– “you should always salute your captain.” Mackie was to show the audience a clip. Cut the check!

The footage has Harrison Ford’s Thunderbolt Ross –– who is now President –– telling Sam Wilson that he wants him to help rebuild the Avengers. There’s also a moment where a mind- controlled former super-soldier Isiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly) tries to kill the Prez.

‘Captain America: Brave New World’ arrives on February 14th next year.

Captain America: Brave New World
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A sequel to Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and follows Sam Wilson as the new Captain America. Read the Plot

And in case you thought Team Marvel didn’t somehow find time to hype ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ one more time, director Shawn Levy closed out the company’s section of the Disney presentation with 9 minutes from the movie.

As could have been predicted, the ‘Deadpool’ footage is chaotic, funny and meta. We won’t give away too much here but suffice to say it’s everything you might be hoping (or fearing), including a shot of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor crying over Wade Wilson’s body. (“That happens in the distant future”, our hero is told.)

Hey! Talking of the future, next up…

Xenomorph in 20th Century Studios' 'Alien: Romulus.' Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios.

Xenomorph in 20th Century Studios’ ‘Alien: Romulus.’ Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The new entry in the ‘Alien’ franchise comes from Fede Alvarez, and if you’ve seen the first teaser, you know it’s very much in the horror mode.

Nine minutes of footage was screened for the audience. It was largely a scene featuring a legion of involved a series of small Facehuggers attacking scientists in a cryo Lab. One of the creatures manages to swim like a shark through some water and escape the lab. As the clip ends, many Facehuggers escape and start filling the ship…

We also see a scene of an alien explosively birthing itself from the chest of a human victim, all while the ship it is aboard is crashing though the walls of a giant structure.

‘Alien: Romulus’ heads to theaters on August 16th.

Not Yet RatedAug 16th, 2024

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While scavenging the deep ends of a derelict space station, a group of young space colonizers come face to face with the most terrifying life form in the universe. Read the Plot

From strange creatures to strange filmmaking…

Fresh of Oscar victory (and box office success), the Searchlight team arrived to promote Yorgos Lanthimos’ next collaboration with stars Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe. They confirmed that the movie will debut at Cannes but didn’t offer much beyond the trailer that has already been shown online.

‘Kinds of Kindness’ is due in theaters on June 21st.

Not Yet RatedJun 21st, 2024

KINDS OF KINDNESS is a triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was… Read the Plot

The movie was simply mentioned along with a batch of other Searchlight releases, including ‘The Amateur’, starring Rami Malek (due out April 11th next year) and ‘Nightbitch,’ which has Amy Adams starring (and will be out on December 6th).

A little more attention was given to…

‘Ella McCay’ is the latest film from James L. Brooks, who has quite the cast attached to his latest film, about a young politician juggling life and work as she prepares to try and take over for her mentor.

Here’s the list (many of which have been announced): Emma Mackey, Jamie Lee Curtis, Albert Brooks, Woody Harrelson, Kumail Nanjiani, Jack Lowden, Ayo Edebiri, Spike Fearn and Rebecca Hall.

The movie has yet to lock down a release date.

Ella McCay

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An idealistic young politician juggles familial issues and a challenging work life while preparing to take over the job of her mentor, the state’s longtime incumbent… Read the Plot

And the next big title for Disney?

Director Barry Jenkins at Disney's 2024 CinemaCon Presentation.

Director Barry Jenkins at Disney’s 2024 CinemaCon Presentation. Photo: Disney.

We already knew that Barry Jenkins was working on this prequel to the 2019 photo-realistic remake of the animal drama.

Jenkins headed on stage to explain how incredibly personal Mufasa is to him, and how he watched the original hand-drawn animated version hundreds of times as a kid and then with his nephews. He sees the new movie as a chance to share a similar message and feeling with a new generation.

“This is a massive f*****g film,” Jenkins said, “and it was my job to fill it with massive heart.” He jokes that he can’t share who is performing the music for the movie because Disney won’t let him.

He debuted the first trailer from the movie, on which he’s been working for 3/12 years. It is, as you would expect, full of lion goodness.

‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ is in theaters on December 20th.

Mufasa: The Lion King
PG1 hr 59 minDec 20th, 2024

A prequel to Disney’s 2019 film, “The Lion King”. Read the Plot

And finally? Time to rock.

Dwayne Johnson at Disney's 2024 CinemaCon Presentation.

Dwayne Johnson at Disney’s 2024 CinemaCon Presentation. Photo: Disney.

By which we mean, of course, The Rock. Dwayne Johnson was on stage with a phalanx of Polynesian dancers to introduce the animated sequel to the 2016 hit.

This new movie was famously adapted from the planned TV series featuring the character, and Johnson explained how his performance as demigod Maui was inspired by his grandfather.

He was surprised on stage by receiving the NATO Spirit of the Industry and seemed genuinely touches.

Johnson wrapped things up by showing some ‘Moana 2’ material. “You’re welcome!”

The footage has Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) singing about how happy she is to be home. But before long, she’s off on another adventure.

‘Moana 2’ makes landfall in theaters on November 27th.

Not Yet RatedJul 10th, 2026

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ epic animated musical “Moana 2” takes audiences on an expansive new voyage with Moana, Maui and a brand-new crew of unlikely… Read the Plot

And that’s it for Disney and the big CinemaCon studio presentations!

Dwayne Johnson at Disney's 2024 CinemaCon Presentation.

Dwayne Johnson at Disney’s 2024 CinemaCon Presentation. Photo: Disney.

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