Walt Disney Studios: Cinemacon 2022 Showcase Recap

Walt Disney Studios introduces their upcoming releases from their array of studio partners, including Pixar, Searchlight, 20th Century, Marvel Studios, Lucas Films, and Disney Animation at the 2022 CinemaCon taking place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The first is the extended look at Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

In this extended look at Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Stephen Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch, casts a forbidden spell that opens the doorway to the multiverse, including alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Steven Strange, Wong, Benedict Wong. Strange enlists the help of Wanda Maximoff, Elizabeth Olsen, of the Avengers.

Xochitl Gomex joins the cast as America Chavez, a character from an alternate universe, whose powers, in one universe rival those of Doctor Strange.

Strange attends the wedding of his past love, Christine Palmer, played by Rachel McAdams. Trouble ensues as a monster from an alternate universe disrupts the wedding.

The cape of Doctor Strange invokes the expected humor as usual. The sidekick, America Chavez, whose powers he tried to take from a past universe appears in the present universe along with the monster. Doctor Strange recalls seeing her in a dream. When questioned about who she is, she tries to explain how she appeared from the other universe. He then realizes his nightmare was not a dream. She shows him the dead Dr. Strange from the past universe.

The roller coaster ride begins when Doctor Strange enlists the help of Wanda Maximoff.

A Marvel Studios release, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will appear in theaters on May 6th, 2022.

Disney/Pixar Animated Studios has slated to release Lightyear, starring the voice of Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear, on June 17th, 2022.

As Buzz Lightyear tries to escape an uncharted planet, the ship hits the top of a mountain and crashes to the surface. The Hyper Speed Crystal that fuels the ship is destroyed. He and his crew set out to create a new crystal. Using the resources of the planet they are stranded on; they try to recreate the hyper-speed crystal. a year later they are ready to test the new crystal from the resources they mined on that planet. Buzz Lightyear tests the new crystal, and it fails. When IVAN, his guidance system, suggests he abort the test, Buzz overrides IVAN and manages to make it back to the planet. He finds out he was gone 4 years 3 months and 2days. Although he only aged only minutes, his crew had aged years upon his return, due to the use of hyperspeed.

From here the story takes on similarities to Groundhog Day. Each time he tries a new version of the crystal, upon his return the crew is getting older.

The introduction of Socks, a robotic cat, is both fun and whimsical. Socks is assigned as his personal assistant. Socks eventually, after decades, discover the formula for the crystal that works. They manage to escape to test the hyper-speed again.

This is a film for the whole family.


Next, Disney/New Regency introduced the attendees to a never-before-seen clip of their upcoming film, Amsterdam, starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and John David Washington.

The story takes place in the 1930s and follows three friends who witness a murder. They become suspects themselves and uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.

This film is scheduled for release on November 4th, 2022.


The Bob’s Burgers Movie is scheduled for release on Memorial Day Weekend. In this Musical, Comedy, Adventure, the Belchers try to save the restaurant from closing as a sinkhole forms in front of their restaurant. The kids are left to the task of trying to solve a mystery that could save their family’s restaurant.

An interesting take on the TV series, but not sure it works.


And finally, Disney in association with 20th Century Studios introduced us to Avatar: The Way of Water, opening December 2022.

John Landau talked about how his love for movies stems from the fact that his parents owned three theaters in New York.

James Cameron, via Willington, New Zealand, shared his thoughts on the upcoming movie. The new Avatar movie is in 3D that offers a greater reality and better special effects. This is the second in a series of four films based on the original.

The original cast is joined by a few new characters that take us on a journey through the world of Pandora.

With his newfound family, Jake Sully forms a new life on the planet of Pandora. A familiar threat from the past returns to finish what was previously started. Jake must now work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their planet.

Avatar: The Way of Water, previews only in theaters next week. The idea is to get people to come back and see it again and again in the movie theater.

Other releases slated for this year from Disney include Thor, Strange World, The Menu, and Banshees of Insherins.

Next year’s releases include a new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Indiana Jones and The Little Mermaid.