One of Marvel’s weirdest yet cult comics is Marvel Zombies. In that comic by Robert Kirkman, who had his doubts about doing it because he didn’t want to be seen as someone who only writes about zombies, the heroes of that universe turn into the undead, but retain their powers. Making them an insurmountable threat and also an inventory of grotesque things.
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The reality is that that comic is the type that you love or hate it, but many horror fans and Marvel have always wanted to see an adaptation of some kind of that work. The main problem with that is that it did not seem to have a place within the continuity of the MCU; remember that the original story takes place in a corner of the multiverse that is not the original. Also, it’s a story with tons of gore, blood, and a completely nihilistic and dark tone, something that doesn’t match the PG-13 rating that all Marvel projects have had thus far and their tone.
Fortunately, What If …? – 84%. That series shows us the multiverse and, therefore, it was the ideal place for a story like this. Last week the MCU gave us the first adaptation of this story in a chapter of that series titled “What if … there were Zombies ?!”. Of course, although it had violence, it fit the general tone of the MCU with everything and jokes, among other things.
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After that episode we all assume that it is the only thing we are going to see of Marvel Zombies in the MCU. Now famous comic book writer and insider Mark Millar has another opinion. He assured in his last newsletter that we will be able to see a live-action version of Marvel Zombies very soon (via .), although he did not clarify whether it will be a television series or a movie. Here his words:
(If my sources are correct) we are going to see some live-action Marvel Zombies in the future, but you guys didn’t hear that from me.
As a famous comic book writer with his feet deep in the entertainment industry, his words carry more weight than other people’s. The point is that you have to take into account that he said a little. That can be interpreted in many ways. Maybe in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness we will see a fragment of Marvel Zombies, maybe Disney will make a live-action miniseries based on that comic. Perhaps, as they pointed out, some rumors, we will see some of that in Blade. Only time will tell if that is actually going to happen, or if the sources of Mark Millar, in fact, they were of wishes.
It must be remembered that one of the rules they have had to do the chapters of What If…? it has been doing things that would be very difficult to do in live-action. Marvel Zombies is definitely the type of project that makes more sense as an animated series than as a live-action one.
On the other hand, apparently one of the chapters of the animated series could not be produced because its plot was dangerously close to that of one of the future Phase 4 films. That was said by AC Bradley, the creator of the series, in a question and answer table in which the site Kakuchopurei.com participated (via .).
I proposed the plot of a complete episode. It took me a couple of days to conceive it. I was very excited about what I came up with. I went to Bryan Andrews and I said, here we go, this is what’s going to happen. Do you think Kevin Feige would approve of it? He said, ‘oh yeah. Kevin would love it, it’s half the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ‘. I was like this: ‘you’re joking’ and he told me: ‘No. Nice work, you guessed it. I got ready to go home and open a can of beer and think, ‘I’m going back to the blackboard tomorrow.’ So I can’t do that chapter because the amazing James Gunn is already going to do it.
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