The first animated Marvel Cinematic Universe series.
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Chadwick Boseman's last Marvel project before his death.
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An episode pitch involving the Guardians of the Galaxy was suggested for the first season, but it had to be scrapped after A.C Bradley was told that she had inadvertently written half the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
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This series is a direct concept adaptation of the Marvel comic book series of the same name that explored various divergent concepts in the Marvel Universe.
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Marvel Studios announced at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019 that a slate of original streaming programming will debut on their new streaming service Disney Plus, which launched in November 2019. One of them is this series, an anthology based on the famous comic series that focuses on alternate reality tales running parallel to the Marvel Universe.
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One episode idea that Bradley came up with would've involved Loki becoming worthy to wield Mjolnir. This idea was discarded early on however, as the idea of Loki becoming a hero was already in the works for his own show.
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Uatu was initially conceived as being a cold, stoic observer of the show's alternate realities. After Jeffrey Wright described the experience of watching Marvel movies with his kid however, the character was re-written to have a warmer and more devoted interest in what he was watching instead.
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There was going to be an episode that would've consisted of Spider-Man turning into an actual spider, but the idea was scrapped as A.C. Bradley found the idea to be far too dark in comparison to the rest of the series. The writers also considered an episode for the series that would've had the Avengers as dinosaurs, but rejected it for being too silly.
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Several actors from the mainstream MCU did not return to voice their characters and were replaced by various voice actors. These actors include Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Brie Larson, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, James Spader, Hugo Weaving, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leitia Wright, Jeff Bridges, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Rene Russo, William Hurt, and Liv Tyler. Most of these actors have since long departed from the MCU after their contract with Marvel expired, while some were replaced due to scheduling conflicts, and in Tom Holland's case, contract complications with Sony.
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Showrunner A.C. Bradley pitched an episode inspired by What If? #10, which featured a timeline where Jane Foster became a female version of Thor after finding Mjolnir. The idea was rejected due to Thor: Love and Thunder already featuring a similar premise, but that detail had not yet been made public at the time the cartoon was being planned.
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Before it was officially announced, the show was originally planned to be one season and 23 episodes long, with each one centered around each movie in the Infinity Saga, but production constraints forced Marvel to split it into what was eventually announced to be two 10-episode seasons. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the season episode count was dropped to 9 episodes each, seemingly meaning that for all future seasons of the show going forward, they will each be one episode shorter than they would've been prior to March of 2020.
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Another story idea involving Tony Stark would've had him and Pepper Potts exploring the galaxy at large in the style of The Odyssey, but it ended up being too big a story to realize.
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One story idea had Tony Stark exploring his complicated relationship with his father, which would've had Howard appear more often in Tony's life and set Tony on a different path in life. This ultimately got shafted because there was already an episode that heavily involved Iron Man, though A.C Bradley expressed hope at getting that idea and others into Season 2.
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Bryan Andrews wanted to have The Rocketeer appear alongside Captain Carter and a post-serum Steve Rogers in the series' first episode, but Kevin Feige disapproved of it due to copyright issues and because it would raise the question of if Howard Hughes would exist in the MCU. Steve becoming the HYDRA Stomper is presumably left over from this idea.
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The show was planned to be animated in 2D early in the planning process, with director Bryan Andrews even pushing for it due to disliking Cel Shading. Eventually it was switched to the design seen now, due to time constraints and the large amount of effort 2D animation would've taken.
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A spin-off series featuring T'Challa's version of Star-Lord was planned, but was canceled after T'Challa actor Chadwick Boseman's death in 2020. This would be the first MCU TV show canceled by Marvel Studios.
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An episode based on Captain Marvel was planned to be on season 1, but was later put on season 2 due to COVID-19 concerns.
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The choir in the main theme chants the phrase "Abka Eel Levram Nats", which is "Stan Marvel Lee Akba" backwards. The last two words chanted in the theme are "fi tahw" which is "What if" backwards.
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Michael Douglas' fourth time voice acting, after Green Eggs and Ham (2019), a 2011 episode of Phineas and Ferb and Liberty's Kids (2002)
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The basis for the series is the exploration of parallel universes and alternate dimensions. It was established by first time in 1957 by scientist Hugh Everett, who theorized about another universes and dimensions interacting with the actual but separated by different frequencies or wave lengths.
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