WHAT IF...? Writer Explains The Inclusion Of MARVEL ZOMBIES And How The Episode Pays Homage To The Comics

Talking during the virtual press conference for What If...?, Head Writer A.C. Bradley opened up about the highly anticipated episode that will stick closer to the Marvel Zombies comic than we expected.

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The prospect of visiting different realities across the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Multiverse in What If...? is incredibly exciting, but there's one, in particular, that's really intrigued fans. 

One episode will focus on some sort of zombie plague infecting a version of the MCU, as we've seen undead takes on Captain America, Iron Man, and Hawkeye. Spider-Man is going to be hunting them, while the latest trailer confirmed that Scott Lang's head will...well, it'll be in a jar. 

While it's clear inspiration is being taken from the Marvel Zombies comic book series, what we didn't expect was that this episode of What If...? would be a loose adaptation. 

Talking at the global press conference on Sunday, Head Writer A.C. Bradley explained: "Marvel Zombies was mentioned early on as a 'What if we did this?' pie in the sky throwaway not thinking, at first, that there actually has a very famous run. And then, Brad [Winderbaum] was excited and Kevin [Feige] kind of surprised us by being like, 'Yeah, you’re doing Marvel Zombies.'"

"The fun part of Marvel Zombies, at least for me, was to delve into that initial run," she continued. "Probably more than any other 'What If...?' episode, we drew directly from the comic for inspiration and for actual scenes because it is so good, and less from the movies. So, that was actually a kind of-a no-brainer that I think we kind of came up with by accident."

She then concluded by saying, "I just made a zombie pun with 'no-brainer.' I just realized that."

There are lots of iconic moments in Marvel Zombies, so we're definitely excited to see what the show borrows from that comic series and how this outbreak is explained in the context of an alternate MCU.

What If...? premieres on Disney+ on August 11. 

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