Marvel's What If...? animated series is still in production, despite the entertainment industry shutdown. Most Disney+ productions have closed up shop for the time being, but the highly anticipated animated series from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still on track, according to head of animation Stephan Franck. This should be some good news for MCU fans who more than likely figured that the show had been shut down like many other projects in Hollywood.
Marvel's home base is in California, where non-essential workers have been asked to stay indoors. This has proven to be a pretty big problem for the whole country, though some people have been able to work remotely. Luckily, some Marvel Studios employees have been able to do just that, which is benefitting the What If...? series, along with other animated projects for Disney. Stephan Franck had this to say.
"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. 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."
Regardless, it looks like everything Marvel's What If...? series needs to complete can be done remotely. So, it seems that it will be able to keep its summer 2021 release date in place, as long as everything goes according to plan. Marvel Studios and Disney+ have yet to announce a change to any of their upcoming release dates, though it seems WandaVision, Loki, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will have to be pushed back to later release dates. Marvel Studios just announced new big screen release dates for all of Phase 4, including the Black Widow movie and the Eternals, which were both supposed to open this year. The standalone Natasha Romanoff movie will now open in November, while Eternals will open early next year.
Marvel's What If...? series takes a look at the MCU through a different lens. The first episode will tell a hypothetical story about Peggy Carter taking the Super Soldier Serum instead of Steve Rogers. There's the Marvel Zombies, T'Challa taking on the Star-Lord moniker, and a whole bunch of other weird and twisted tales on the way. These are stories based on the comic book series of the same name and Marvel fans are looking forward to seeing what they'll look like animated on the small screen with much of the original cast taking on the voice roles.
Marvel Studios and Disney were quick to halt production on their live-action shows, including WandaVision, Loki, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. For now, it is unclear when these shows will go back to work, along with the rest of the entertainment industry. As for California, governor Gavin Newsom is recommending everybody remain indoors until at least the middle of May, which will likely be pushed further. On the other hand, Cinemark is hoping to have movie theaters open by July. The interview with Stephan Franck was originally conducted by Newsarama.