Brad Winderbaum, the executive producer at MCU stated that “It was humbling to work with Chadwick Boseman on the animated series What If…?”, who thinks the late actor “wanted to dig deep” for his creation as King T’Challa.
Chadwick, who perished at the age of 43 last year due to colon cancer, attained global fame as King T’Challa of fictitious African country Wakanda aka superhero Black Panther in the MCU.
Developed by AC Bradley, the animated series reimagines specific characters and events from MCU.
“It was such a privilege to be able to work with Chad on the project. He gave every performance his all. He worked with us and with Brian Andrews, the director, to craft these new versions of T’Challa, because he appears, throughout the season, as several different versions of the character.”
“And he enthusiastically wanted to dig deep into who the child was, and how these new situations would change him. It was a real honor to work with him. And so humbling that he did it knowing that it could be his last performance as the character,” Brad Winderbaum explained PTI in a zoom interview.
This new show, directed by Andrews, stars fan-favourite characters, including Peggy Carter, T’Challa, Doctor Strange, Killmonger, Thor and more.
“What If…?” stars the voices of more than 50 MCU cast members who return to their roles, comprising Andy Serkis, Chadwick, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, Dominic Cooper, Emily VanCamp, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Michael B Jordan, Michael Douglas, Tom Hiddleston among others.
Brad Winderbaum explained both he and Marvel chief and producer Kevin Feige thought it was the perfect time to chronicle crucial moments from the MCU so far and analyze alternate techniques around it through this show.
“It wasn’t until we were on the other side of the Infinity saga, that we had the opportunity to make shows for Disney Plus. So Kevin asked for ideas and I texted him one night when I got home and by the next day, we were already kind of thinking about how to do it.”
“And it became very clear very early that the only way to do it would really be through animation, because of the infinite canvas that we needed to explore. With these, ‘What If’ multi-verse stories.”
The challenge, Brad Winderbaum said, was to stop appearing with ‘What if’ beliefs, as the chances were endless.
“At a certain point, you just have to almost set a timer and say, ‘All right, we’re done’. Because you could sit there all day long, and just keep coming up with ‘What if’ concepts.
“But we also realise that the ‘what if’ question was not as important as the ‘when”, ‘what’ question and that the concepts that we ended up producing, were the ones that I think give us the best opportunity to tell a well-rounded story about a particular character,” he explained.
Brad Winderbaum wishes that the audiences love the show as much as he does.
The first season of “What If”, the creator said, will be nostalgic to a maximum number of fans.
“In the first season of the show, all the concepts, they revisit places we know from the MCU. So some of it is nostalgic, but we also try to find the edges of the concept and push it as far as we can go,” he explained, adding that the second season is in creation right now.
“We have more plans for animation. We’re building kind of an animated pipeline at the studio now. We’re excited about what’s coming around that,” he continued.
When he was asked for the release fate “What If”, Brad Winderbaum said, “It’s been such a challenging year for everybody. And if this show or the project that Marvel Studios gives anybody any relief or inspiration, that would be the highest possible achievement. I hope one day we can all be together, watching the work of Marvel Studios in one place again.”