ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Angelina Jolie cast a spell on the crowd at the D23 Expo.
The star of the upcoming film "Maleficent" appeared on stage at the Disney extravaganza for a Saturday presentation promoting the company's upcoming assortment of live-action films.
"Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite," Jolie told the crowd of 4,000 fans about her role as a real-life rendition of the "Sleeping Beauty" villainess. "I was terrified of her, but I was so drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her."
Jolie said her daughter, Vivienne, who turned 5 years old last month, was cast in the film as a young version of Princess Aurora, mostly because she was the only child who wasn't afraid of Jolie in her horned attire on the set.
"One little kid even said, 'Mommy, please tell the mean witch to stop talking to me,'" said Jolie.
Other stars that appeared at California's Anaheim Convention Center included a few allies of "Marvel's The Avengers."
Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins from "Thor: The Dark World" and Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" were on hand to tout their upcoming sequels.
Hiddleston apologized for not wearing his Loki costume, which he donned earlier this summer at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
"I'm not gonna get this crowd to kneel," he said. "We're at Disneyland."
Later, when the "Captain America" crew came on stage, Evans comically invited the audience to join him at the theme park across the street.
"Anyone wanna go?" the "Captain America" star joked. "Let's go!"
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige screened footage from both sequels, including two never-before-seen clips, and teasers for both "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Guardians of the Galaxy."
The clip for "The Dark World" showed Portman's human character Jane being examined on Thor's home realm of Asgard, while the rough "Winter Soldier" footage showcased a stealth assault on a naval ship by Cap with plenty of boomeranging shield action.
Other films previewed Saturday included the globe-trotting Muppets sequel "Muppets Most Wanted," fairytale musical "Into the Woods," live-action retelling of "Cinderella" and the mysterious "Tomorrowland," which stars George Clooney and is inspired by contents from a box found in the Disney archives.