D23 Expo to debut Spider-Man and Iron Man characters in first Disney Marvel meet-and-greet, part of Disney Channel line-up

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At the D23 Expo 2013, Marvel will be brought to life in a new way for Disney in the first character meet-and-greets from that universe since the acquisition in 2009.

Though Disneyland recently debuted a gallery of Iron Man suits and Walt Disney World has the “Iron Manorail“, the world of Marvel hasn’t yet been fully realized in a Disney theme park. But starting with the D23 Expo in August, in conjunction with Disney Channel, fans will see that integration begin to take place.

Stars from Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior will be on hand at the D23 Expo in live performances and signing autographs with a packed schedule August 9-11, 2013. It will all kick off with “Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel,” a special-one hour telecast featuring a teaming of characters Disney and Marvel franchises in which fans will have the first opportunity to meet Spider-Man and Iron Man (11:30 – 1:00 pm), along with Phineas, Ferb, and Agent P. (The special premieres this summer on Disney Channel.)

It’s possible these Marvel character representations won’t resemble that which has been seen on the big screen, instead favoring the TV animated versions in shows like Disney XD’s “Ultimate Spider-Man.” But it will be a milestone moment for Disney, offering a first Marvel meet-and-greet as they continue to work on bringing those characters into their theme parks, beginning with Hong Kong Disneyland.

Beyond Marvel, there are plenty more Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior events throughout the D23 Expo weekend. The following is the schedule of stars making special appearances and signing autographs in Disney Channels’ booth:

Friday, August 9

10:00-11:30 am
“Phineas and Ferb” creators/executive producers and stars Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh, plus stars Vincent Martella and Alyson Stoner, with character appearances by Agent P, Phineas and Ferb

11:30 – 1:00 pm
Marvel Universe stars, plus character appearances by Spider-Man and Iron Man

1:00 – 2:30 pm
“Crash & Bernstein,” stars Cole Jensen, Tim Lagasse, Landry Bender, Aaron R. Landon, plus Crash appearance

2:30 – 3:30 pm
“Gravity Falls” stars

3:30 – 4:30 pm
“Lab Rats” stars Tyrel Jackson Williams, Billy Unger and Spencer Boldman

4:30 –5:30 pm
“A.N.T. Farm” stars Jake Short, Sierra McCormick, Stefanie Scott and Aedin Mincks

6:00 – 7:00 pm
“Shake It Up” stars Zendaya, Roshon Fegan and Adam Irigoyen

Saturday, August 10

10:00 – 11:00 am
“Dog With A Blog” stars G Hannelius, Blake Michael, Francesca Capaldi and Beth Littleford

12:30 – 1:30 pm
“Kickin’ It” stars Jason Earles, Leo Howard, Olivia Holt and Dylan Riley Snyder

1:30 – 2:30 pm
“Jessie” stars Skai Jackson and Cameron Boyce

2:30 – 4:30 pm
“Good Luck Charlie” stars Bridgit Mendler, Jason Dolley, Bradley Steven Perry and Leigh-Allyn Baker, plus a performance by actress and Hollywood Records recording artist Bridgit Mendler

4:30 – 5:00 pm
Performance by Hollywood Records’ R5 band

5:00 – 7:00 pm
“Teen Beach Movie” stars Ross Lynch, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton, John Deluca, Chrissie Fit, Jordan Fisher and Mollee Gray, plus ‘Surf Crazy’ fan dance

Sunday, August 11

10:00 – 12:00 noon
“Sofia the First,” “Doc McStuffins” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” character appearances

12:00 – 1:00 pm
“Sofia the First” star Wayne Brady, plus Sofia

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts screening (stage 28)

2:30 – 3:30 pm
“Wander Over Yonder” stars Jack McBrayer and April Winchell, plus creator/executive producer Craig McCracken


  1. EricJ

    Guess they can get away with Spidey at the D23, since it’s not at a park, but didn’t Spiderman used to M&G with the Universal Island characters?
    (Iron Man didn’t, since nobody remembered him back then, so Disney’s clean on that one.)

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Spider-Man still meets at Islands of Adventure in Orlando. Disney can’t use Marvel characters in the parks at Walt Disney World, but can in California and elsewhere worldwide.

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