After the premiere of What If…? on Disney + this week, series executive producer Brad Winderbaum revealed to Variety that the show was just one of “multiple” MCU animated series slated for the streaming service, in addition to the previously announced second season. of What If…? and a series of “photo-real” animated short films following the adventures of Baby Groot.
The report notes that no animated feature film projects are currently planned, although Marvel recognizes the benefits of bringing a story to life through animation. Winderbaum said they will determine which stories are suitable for the medium, as he has confirmed that all of the animated series lined up at Marvel are “in various stages of development.”
“We realized that there are a lot of interesting avenues that you can explore with animation,” he said. “Any project we create will be something that needs to be animated for the story to be told. There is very little desire to take a piece of IP that is popular because we put out a movie and just do show about it. We’re not going to do this. “
What if…? Director Bryan Andrews worked with independent animation studios Flying Bark Productions, Squeeze Animation Studios and Blue Spirit to develop the series’ “unique aesthetic”. Winderbaum has hinted that Marvel will be ready to work with Disney Animation or even Disney’s Pixar in the future, provided it’s “under the right circumstances.”
Winderbaum has also confirmed that all of the shows will involve “original ideas,” drawing on well-known titles and characters already in the MCU as well as untapped sources from the comics, however, due to the lengthy production process involved in making it happen. animation, it will probably be a while before one of these new animated shows gets put on a Marvel slate.
“All of our animation ambitions will still be under Marvel Studios, which means that they will be produced by Kevin Feige and that they will be born from the same elements that make up the rest of our content,” he explained. before teasing how the shows will be connected to the rest of the MCU. “Time will tell as the story of the multiverse unfolds. “
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For now, however, fans have a whole roster of new Marvel stories to watch, along with What if …? release new episodes on Disney + every Wednesday. IGN gave the first episode of the Marvel anthology series a 6/10, noting that “the series has a lot of room for improvement if it is to be the same type of date its live-action counterparts have. turned out to be ”.
Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.