‘What would happen if…?’ The curious possibility of ‘The Walking Dead Avengers’

After such an overwhelming episode of What if …? (AC Bradley, since 2021), the first Disney Plus animated series to be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as “ What If … Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands? ” (1×04) , it was very difficult to continue at the same height in the following. But that does not mean that they cannot be so interesting in their variations of the story known to their followers as “What If … T’Challa Became a Star-Lord?” (1×02) or “What If … the World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?” (1×03) , and “What If … Zombies ?!” (1×05) proves that it is possible.

The perspective of put into these superheroic adventures a zombie apocalypse similar to the one proposed in Night of the Living Dead ( George A. Romero , 1968), with the franchise of The Walking Dead (Frank Darabont and Angela Kang, since 2010) as its best exponent to date, was already in the Marvel comics, and we cannot deny that is quite curious . And, if we add an air to Captain America: Civil War (Joe and Anthony Russo, 2016), we round up the concept.

‘The Walking Dead Avengers’ in ‘What if …?’

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There is no doubt that a fans of this type of plot about an annoying plague of hungry deli meats will like a chapter like “What If … Zombies?!”

No only because it shows the scary cadaverous reverse of our beloved superheroes, but also because AC Bradley ( Trollhunters ) and director Bryan Andrews ( Men in Black: The Series ), with a script by Matthew Chauncey ( Bottom 3: Cue ntos of Arcadia ), have chosen to offer a comic tone and instructive in certain sequences similar to that of the two feature films about Columbus ( Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and company, Welcome to Zombieland and Zombieland: Kill and Finish (Ruben Fleischer, 2009, 2019); although not so cheeky or brazen, who still wear respectable ties at Disney.

And, of course, you have to forget the bloodthirsty common in the subgenre to the point that, in this zombie alternative of What would happen if …? , no you are going to see the disturbing color of a tiny drop of hemoglobin; And let’s not talk about rowdy gutting being clearly focused on. What a scandal, Walt.

The same motivations in two different universes

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“What If … Zombies ?! ” has the classic approach and situations of a horror movie with the undead in its own global buffet, so embraced by creators and moviegoers at this point in its long Film fever that gives one the feeling that AC Bradley and the rest of the team would craft them almost on automatic pilot. But with the action and the acceptable show , yes, of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the capture of the personality and the essence of the interrelationships of the characters very successful , always recognizable.

And on few occasions it has been seen as clearly as in this episode of What if …? how much it takes for mythical heroes to fall apart, which gives us some disturbing visuals ; not because of the physical unpleasantness, which does not exist here because it is stubbornly avoided, but because of what we experience with them from our affection for the characters.

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But in “What If … Zombies ?!” They are not limited to presenting us with the tessitura of a hecatomb thus adapted to the world of Marvel, with the tragedies and sacrifices to which we are accustomed, but rather certain gratifying twists that complicate the plot and surprise us by how well they fit together both in what we know about feature films and series about zombies and in the very nature of these superheroes. And the last swerve relates it to the dark decisions of “What If … Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands? ” . Satisfactory this chapter .