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Marvel’s What If Episode Count Changes For Seasons 1 And 2

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BY August 3, 2021

It’s no surprise that the pandemic has affected all aspects of life, especially in Hollywood (just look what happened to the next season of Dr. Who). From new on-set protocols to drive-in movie theaters, TV and movie crews have had to adjust accordingly, and we just recently learned that Marvel’s What If episode count has changed due to pandemic production schedules.

Previously Marvel’s President, Kevin Feige, had revealed that the animated What If…? series would consist of ten episodes as would its season 2. Unfortunately, Marvel had to reassess after things shut down in early 2020 and it resulted in the animated series having nine episodes instead of the previous ten. Season 2 of What If…? will also have nine episodes.

In an interview with Collider, executive producer Brad Winderbaum said:

“We had to push an episode into Season 2. It was just, honestly, like everything else, that was a COVID impact. There was an episode that just wouldn’t hit the completion date, but luckily we do get to see it in the second season of the show. We targeted a half an hour for each episode. Some of them come in a little longer, some of them come in a little shorter. We wanted to tell as many stories as we could and we had a certain budget we had to work with so it felt like that 10-episode — now 9-episode run — was the right quantity.”

What If…? is Marvel’s first animated series and looks at how things might have unfolded had certain key moments not occurred. It’s narrated by the alien, Uatu the Watcher (voiced by Jeffrey Wright), who was tasked with observing the Earth and its alternate realities. Each story will be independent of the others, which actually works out well for the new episode count since nothing needs to be interconnected.

Watch the trailer below:

What If…? will premiere on August 11, 2021, on Disney+ with new episodes every Wednesday. 

What do you think of the new Marvel’s What If episode count? Do you think nine episodes per season will be enough? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Disney+

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane.

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