the Marvel Cinematic UniverseMuch of the small-screen expansion takes place in the realm of live-action, but there are a few significant anime projects underway. What if…? arrives at Disney Plus later this summer, while guardians of the galaxy Breakout star Baby Groot also gets her own episodic short-form spin-off.
The first is based on the long-running comic book series of the same name and sees Jeffrey Wright’s Watcher imagining alternate realities where even the smallest of changes could have seismic effects on the multiverse. Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel may have been recast for the series, but the list of notable MCU names reprising their roles is simply mind boggling.
Chadwick Boseman, Hayley Atwell, Josh Brolin, Dominic Cooper, Michael Douglas, Taika Waititi, Stanley Tucci, Sebastian Stan, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Michael Rooker, Jeremy Renner, Jeff Goldblum, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth and Karen Gillan are just a selection of franchise alumni who will be heading into the animated MCU. Following the recent release of a full new trailer, Dana Vasquez-Eberhardt, director of production and development at Marvel Studios, revealed that there is more to come in the future.
“Get ready for the premiere of many amazing animated series. Glad to work with this talented team.
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Of course, not all anime MCU the project is going to come with the sheer volume of A-list stars that attach to What if…?, but if other shows are looking to continue or break away from established brands, then there’s a lot of core talent already in place. You could easily imagine something like the irreverent Howard the duck adaptation on Disney Plus though the plan is to continue producing content, without affecting the overall Phase Four narrative in the long run.