California has been on a stay-at-home order since March 18 due to the coronavirus epidemic. Since then major studios were forced down. However, as we’ve mentioned in previous articles, studios are still working on a lot of projects remotely, and that includes Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series What If…?.
While speaking with Newsarama, the series Head of Animation, Stephan Franck, he revealed that despite Walt Disney Studios in Burbank being shutdown, they are continuing to work on the animated series from home.
“I normally split my day between my home studio and the Disney lot for dailies and reviews, but now we’re just doing it all remotely,” Franck shared with from what I hear across town, animation has been able to keep the shows in production with everyone safely working from home. Kudos to the studios for pivoting so fast to remote work.”
Franck also stated, that even though What If…? is moving forward with their production remotely, other studios and projects aren’t as lucky, as some have been put on hiatus.
“It all happened literally within days. Unfortunately I’m also hearing about some projects in development or with more distant release dates being put on hiatus, but a fair number of people in animation are still at work from the safety of their home, which we are all grateful for.”
Squeeze Animation out of Quebec, Canada, are continuing to develop and assist with episodes on the series. The studio is animating five of the ten episodes for the first season, which is yet to have an official premiere date on Disney+ but is expected to debut next summer.
Season one of What If…? will consist of ten episodes, and will follow alternate reality stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe without affecting any of the existing theatrical and live-action Disney+ canon. The first episode will ask the question, “What if Peggy Carter got the powers from the Super Soldier Serum and Steve Rogers remained his scrawny self, but was given a Iron Man-type suit of armor designed by Tony Stark’s father Howard Stark?”
Other storylines that are expected to be explored is the popular Marvel Zombies, which sees some of the Avengers doing battled with zombiefied characters including Captain America. Based on images that have been previously shared, we also see what looks to be T’Challa (Black Panther) as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord.
Returning from the big screen to voice their iconic characters are Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Taika Waititi as Korg, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Michael Rooker as Yondu, and Jeffery Wright voicing the Watcher.