‘What If’ Animated Series Headed to Disney+ Streaming Service
What if there was a Marvel TV series that wasn’t beholden to the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Where characters could die and be reborn, or take on unfamiliar roles?
In Marvel Comics, that series is known as What If?, a formerly a monthly series, and now an occasional specials and one-offs, devoted to alternate realities and imagined versions of famous storylines — fun concepts like “What If Spider-Man Joined the Fantastic Four?” and “What If Captain America Had Been Elected President?” Now /Film says What If? is being developed as a “new animated show ... overseen by Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios” for Disney‘s upcoming streaming service, Disney+. They also claim that potentially the “main actors from the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe movies” may play their animated counterparts in the series.
Whether or not Chris Evans voices President Cap doesn’t matter all that much to me. I just love the idea of a What If? animated series, because I’ve always loved the What If? comics, which have the freedom to tell any story they want, kill any character they want, and do all kinds of crazy junk you could never get away with in your average Marvel Comic. It’s a perfect concept for Disney+, especially because What If? is traditionally an anthology series. If you’re gonna do a streaming service and do the Netflix thing where you upload an entire season at once, fans can pick and choose which episodes they want to watch in any order based on their scenario or characters.
Other Marvel series reportedly in the works for Disney+ include a Loki show featuring Tom Hiddleston, mini-series for the Avengers Falcon and Winter Soldier, and a show focused on Vision and Scarlet Witch. The service is expected to launch in late 2019.
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