Apparently if you were told about them, Marvel’s animated plans will blow your mind so says What If…? exec producer Brad Winderbaum. Wednesday saw the release of the first episode of Marvel’s What If…? animated Disney+ show. You can catch my own review of the opening Captain Carter centric episode in the related section below. However, we do know this is a first step from Marvel who has created an entire animated division within Marvel Studios.
Speaking with ComicBook recently Winderbaum wasn’t giving any details, but he was delivering plenty of hype.
“I think if I told you about our animated plans, it would blow your mind.”
I dunno Brad, it takes a lot to blow my mind, but I’ll hold you to that (not really). Winderbaum then went on to talk about how many risks What If…? was able to take.
“I mean, you’re completely unbounded from any sort of rules, which is both the most exciting and the most daunting thing about it, because then you have to create your own rules,” he continued. “But I mean, it really is, in many ways, the purest interpretation of the imagination of the people behind it. There’s an element of chaos in all things. There’s an element of chaos in animation. Certainly a major factor in live action. Filmmaking is chaos. And how things don’t go as planned and how you end up ultimately with a whole different set of tools than you thought you had going in. In an animation, kind of get to work with this infinite canvas where anything you want can be achieved. And if you can conceive it, you can do it. If you can dream it, you can do it.”
“We realized that there’s a lot of cool avenues you can explore with animation,” Winderbaum said. “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.”
Sounds great, although lets be clear. If, and it’s a big if, Disney ever relents and lets Winderbaum connect Star Wars and the MCU, it better not be in a way that insinuates Star Wars happened within the MCU. This is something Winderbaum ahs discussed before and was told a definitive no by Marvel Studios. Kyle, Shockey, and myself all discussed it on a recent episode of The Cantina, and we had some serious reservations. However, we also all agreed, somewhat reluctantly, that if done with special care, it could be pulled off, as one-off kinda deal. Like, someone’s super power is they can travel inside a movie or some Last Action Hero nonsense.
Still it’s great to see Marvel Studios finally doing something with the animated side of the industry and that’s been missing recently. Oh, and finally… Bring back Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes please!
Do you think Marvel’s animated plans will blow your mind? What would blow your mind to see being developed for the animated side? Sound off below.