From the new opening sequence, that seems to be the case -- silhouettes of previous enemies appear, including Jasper, White Diamond, Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, and the Watermelon Stevens. And of course, there are still a few loose ends that beg resolution. When asked about one -- the still-unopened chest in Lion's mane -- at the panel, Sugar replied, "We can still have some mysteries, right?"
The panel itself kicked off with a slew of musical performances from Sugar and Crystal Gem voice actors Deedee Magno-Hall (Pearl), Estelle (Garnet), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), and eventually Sarah Stiles, who belted out a rendition of Spinel's electro-swing track, "Other Friends." The group (sans Stiles) performed "Happily Ever After," which was retooled into the opening track for the limited series, replacing "We Are the Crystal Gems." In a way, the transition feels poetic -- Steven is no longer struggling with his gem powers or identity. Now, he's comfortable living in a future that he's built with his friends alongside him.
The film's music was a central focus of the panel, with Sugar discussing her experiences collaborating with artists like Estelle, Aimee Mann (who voices Opal) and Ted Leo (who voices "Steg," the fusion of Steven and Greg). "Music and story were totally integrated in this project," Sugar said. "[The most difficult part was] making sure that musically, everything was informing the story."
While the upcoming limited series announcement didn't come with a release date, it will eventually air on Cartoon Network. Before then, Steven Universe: The Movie will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on November 12.