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PODCAST | D23 dropped some bombs this weekend: Tom Holland makes a surprise appearance, Kit Harington joins the MCU, Obi-Wan Returns to Star Wars and oh by the way, a new glimpse at a ‘dark side’ Rey debuted.

PLUS: Chris Arrant from Newsarama joins us to talk D23, who the heck are The Eternals and House of X

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Segment 1: Spider-Man Surprise At D23

Disney’s D23 Expo continued over the weekend, with surprise appearances, sneak previews of upcoming TV shows and movies, and other news. Here’s what you missed.

+Spider-Man’s appearance: Tom Holland’s Spider-Man may no longer be a part of the MCU, but the actor appeared at D23 as part of the cast for Pixar’s Onward. He addressed the Sony-Marvel split at the event, saying “It’s been a crazy week, but I want you to know I am grateful from the bottom of my heart and I love you 3,000.” More.

+Casting news: Kit Harington, who played Jon Snow for eight seasons on Game of Thrones, has joined The Eternals. Harington will play Dane Whitman, who in the comics is the superhero Black Knight…

Segment 2: Will REY Turn to the dark side?

J.J. Abrams wasn’t ready to bring a new The Rise of Skywalker trailer to D23, but the new poster, sizzle reel and banter during Saturday’s panel provided enough questions to sate fans’ appetites for now.
The sizzle reel, which will not be released online, featured a look back at the 40- year-saga so far, and included Rey and Kylo Ren fighting on a ship downed in the middle of an ocean and concluded with a sure-to-be iconic shot of Rey wearing a dark hood and holding a double-edged lightsaber, ala Darth Maul.

And series newcomer Keri Russell revealed her costume — red with a helmet — and said she’s a shady character who has a history with Poe. Oscar Isaac, well aware of Internet memes that pit his Poe as a romantic interest for John Boyega’s

Finn, comforted Boyega, assuring him whatever happened between Poe and Russell’s character was ancient history.

“We were young. Everyone was experimenting,” said Isaac.

Also on the stage was Billy Dee Williams, who reprises his role as fan favorite Lando Calrissian. “Lando has never left me,” he said. “I want to thank you all.” Among the admirers he met at D23? Pratt.

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NEXT WEEK:  We break down the ramifications if Spidey is officially out of the MCU.

PLUS: We go deep dive into House of X with Newsarama’s Chris Arrant