Marvel confirm plans for future animated series following the release of ‘What If…?’

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Last week, Marvel launched its first-ever animated project on Disney+, What If…? The series offers fans the chance to revisit their favourite movies in the MCU after they’ve been altered by the multi-verse. For instance, in episode one, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) takes the serum instead of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) to become ‘Captain Carter’.

While this is a new venture for the studio, executive producer of Black Widow, Brad Winderbaum, has disclosed that Marvel already have already “multiple” animated projects in various stages of development that will all be released on Disney+. 

“We realised that there’s a lot of cool avenues you can explore with animation,” Winderbaum told Variety. “Any project that we create is going to be something that needs to be animated in order for the story to be told. There’s very little desire to take a piece of IP that’s popular because we’re coming out with a movie and just make an animated show about it. We’re not going to do that.”

With the endless possibilities of animation, Marvel have been able to explore the multi-verse in a cheaper and more flexible way than if they remade these live-action films as live-action episodes. Most of the well-known Marvel cast have returned as voice actors to reprise their roles in this series with a few exceptions, including Chris Evans as Steve Rogers. 

“This isn’t a giant budgeted series,” said Winderbaum. “We figured, we’ll go out to talent, and we’ll see who we can get. If we get a few, it’s great. And I was, of course, worried that we wouldn’t get anyone.”

Marvel has confirmed that there will be a second series of What If…? Along with the future undisclosed animated projects. 

Words by Jess Bacon

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