San Diego Comic-Con is officially underway and the amount of news coming out has been overwhelming. Since taking a couple of years off from the convention Marvel Studios has come back with a bang. Yesterday at the Marvel Studios Animation panel there was plenty of news to be excited about.
Moderator Paul F. Tompkins introduced panelists Brad Winderbaum, Marvel Studios’ head of streaming television and animation; Ryan Meinerding, head of visual development; Bryan Andrews, director of What If…? and executive producer of Marvel Zombies; AC Bradley, writer and executive producer of What If…?; Beau DeMayo, writer and executive producer of X-Men ’97; Kirsten Lepore, writer, director and executive producer of I Am Groot; and Jeff Trammell, writer and executive producer of Spider-Man: Freshman Year.
Let’s break down everything that was discussed at yesterday’s panel:
I AM GROOT
I Am Groot was announced for Disney+ last year as a funny group of shorts focused on everyone’s favorite Guardian of the Galaxy. Kirsten Lepore answered questions about the upcoming series and treated the audience to the trailer and new key art. A surprise screening of one of the shorts, Groot Takes a Bath, delighted everyone, and applause greeted the announcement of a second collection of shorts.
There’s no guarding the galaxy from this mischievous toddler! So get ready as Baby Groot takes center stage in his very own collection of shorts, exploring his glory days growing up—and getting into trouble—among the stars. I Am Groot, will include five original shorts featuring several new and unusual characters, and stars everyone’s favorite little tree, Baby Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, who voices Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
I Am Groot launches exclusively on Disney+ on August 10, with all five shorts available for viewing.
SPIDER-MAN: FRESHMAN YEAR
When the character Spider-Man was introduced into the MCU he was already a couple years into being everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Peter was a junior in high school and pretty comfortable with his special abilities. Now we will get to see the beginning of the MCU’s version of Spider-Man with a new animated series called Spider-Man Freshman Year.
Jeff Trammell teased the show with the cast of characters, and Ryan Meinerding showed off the new Spider-Man suit designed for the series. A fun reveal was that moderator Paul F. Tompkins will be playing a character in the series. A second season was also announced, aptly titled Spider-Man: Sophomore Year.
Spider-Man: Freshman Year comes exclusively to Disney+ in 2024.
What If…? was a surprise hit for Marvel and Disney+ earlier this year. The series was quickly greenlit for a second season and within this panel the news of a third season was announced as well. Those who attended the panel got to see a trailer for the upcoming season and a surprise screening of one of the highly anticipated episodes for next season.
What If…? Season 2 continues the journey with The Watcher as our guide through the vast multiverse, introducing brand new and familiar faces throughout the MCU. The animated series questions, revisits, and twists classic Marvel Cinematic moments with an incredible voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their iconic roles. Directed by executive producer Bryan Andrews with executive producer AC Bradley as head writer.
Season two of What If…? launches exclusively on Disney+ in early 2023.
Also Check Out: The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power Trailer | Prime Shows Up With MASSIVE Hall H Panel | SDCC 2022
The most popular episode of the What If…? series was the Marvel Zombies episode. Taking the premise from one of the popular comic book stories the What If…? episode brought some of our favorite characters into the MCU trying to survive a post apocalyptic zombie world. Now we will be able to see a series dedicated to this series.
Bryan Andrews offered background on the series and its origins spawning from an episode of What If…? Season 1, as well as concept art.
Marvel Zombies will stream exclusively on Disney+ but a launch date was not announced at the panel.
The most anticipated series of the panel was definitely X-Men ’97 Animated Series. Adults who grew up in the 90’s woke up every Saturday morning to watch their favorite mutants.
Cheers erupted when Brad Winderbaum spoke fondly of the legacy of “X-Men: The Animated Series” and presented a sizzle reel featuring the cast and creatives from the popular ‘90s animated show. X-Men ‘97 writer and executive producer Beau DeMayo then spoke about the new series, shared artwork, and presented an animatic AV piece. DeMayo also mentioned that the show will use the original X-Men theme music. A second season was also announced.
X-Men ’97 will begin streaming exclusively on Disney+ Fall 2023.
What do you all think of the news? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below.