Could We See a Live-Action Marvel Zombies Movie After What If...?

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By Jo Craig

August 4, 2021

Marvel’s animated series What If…? is about to debut on Disney+, which will air bite-sized episodes telling a different, alternate story every week. An endless list of characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be returning, as well as the actors who play them, including Bucky Barnes, Agent Carter and Thanos.

While some aspects of What If…? will be familiar, other additions will seem somewhat foreign, including the Marvel Zombies narrative. One episode of the series will explore the limited comic series in animated form, turning some of our favorite superheroes into the walking dead. These alternate stories are contained within the series for now, but could some concepts expand into the live-action MCU at some point in the future?

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Marvel Studios’ What If…? | Official Trailer | Disney+

Marvel Studios’ What If…? | Official Trailer | Disney+

Marvel Zombies

Marvel Zombies is a five-issue comic book series written by none other than The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. With artwork supplied by Sean Phillips and cover art illustrated by Arthur Suydam, Marvel Zombies’ narrative exists in an alternate universe, and the idea of it came from the crossover arc within the Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis comic Ultimate Fantastic Four.

The limited series depicts a world where the superheroes we have come to know and love have been infected with a virus that turns them into zombies. Marvel Zombies acts as a loose spinoff to the Ultimate Fantastic Four narrative, where Ultimate Reed Richards is deceived into opening a portal to the zombie universe by his undead counterpart. Zombie variants of the world’s heroes reside on Earth-2149 in the multiverse, and the series also features Galactus.

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Could We See a Live-Action Marvel Zombies Movie?

What If…? head writer A.C. Bradley previously stated that the series’ animated form relieved the team of creative barriers – because anything can exist in animated form. This inspired Bradley and executive producer Brad Winderbaum to include the Marvel Zombies narrative in an episode, but could this premise work in a live-action setting?

Winderbaum spoke to Inverse about expanding the series’ storylines in the MCU, because there is an abundance of great material that shouldn’t be contained to one episode. The producer confirmed that Marvel is very open to expanding these chapters in the future, which does not rule out a live-action adaptation of Marvel Zombies.

The concept could be a large pill to swallow when it’s set in a more realistic environment, but a one-off feature could absolutely work. Fans will no doubt want to argue about its place in the MCU timeline, but when a story is set within the multiverse, anything can happen.

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Jo Craig

Being a pop culture writer and a proud geek of all trades, Jo loves to dissect fandoms and marvel at their insides. The entirety of The Lord of the Rings, superhero origins, the Ghost of Tsushima score, the Wings of Freedom, and the endless search for a sleepy Tyranitar are but a few of Jo's passions, with a penchant for contributing to the geek culture community.

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