The new big Marvel Studios release is the animated series “What If”, which will see the first episode arrive on Disney+ on Wednesday 11th August.
This will be the first animated series from Marvel Studios, and it looks like this will be the first of many, as, during an interview with executive VP of film production at Marvel Studios Victoria Alonso at this year’s NALIP Media Summit, she said:
“We’re going to have our animation branch and mini studio, and there will be more to come from that as well. We’re super excited about animation, which is my first love.”
There have been many animated films and series based on Marvel characters over the years, such as recent releases like “M.O.D.O.K” and “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”. There are multiple animated series available on Disney+ right now, including “Spider-Man: The Animated Series”, “X-Men”, “The Incredible Hulk”, plus many other animated features.
Recently, there was a restructuring within Marvel, where Marvel Studios was put in charge of all TV and films. So it makes sense for Marvel to expand out an animation brand and mini-studio, to create more content for Disney+ and possibly on the big screen.
The world of animation gives Marvel a much bigger opportunity to tell stories that might not be possible on the big screen, expand on existing characters, while also telling new stories and, more importantly, do more experimentation.
With over 80 years of characters and stories to dive into from the comic books, along with an endless supply of new ideas, stepping into more animation seems like a natural step.
What animated projects would you like to see Marvel Studios tackle?