In an SDCC 2022 panel moderated by Paul F. Tompkins on Friday, July 22, 2022, Marvel Studios Animation revealed plenty of information about their slate of upcoming animated Disney Plus streaming shows. The panelists included Brad Winderbaum (Marvel Studios head of streaming, television and animation) and Ryan Meinerding (head of visual development), and series creatives Beau DeMayo (X-Men ’97), Kirsten Lepore (I Am Groot), Jeff Trammell (Spider-Man: Freshman Year), and Bryan Andrews and AC Bradley (What If…? and Marvel Zombies).

Marvel Animation Revelations

One of the juiciest details revealed during the panel relates to Spider-Man. The show will be a prequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. It is confirmed to take place before Peter Parker was introduced in Captain America: Civil War. Furthermore, Norman Osborne will appear as Peter’s mentor. Given that Osborne becomes the Green Goblin, this could get awkward. Freshman Year is set to debut on Disney Plus in a sequel season, Spider-Man: Sophomore Year, which has already been confirmed.

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Additionally, a look at the second season of What If…? was revealed, including tantalizing tidbits like Tony Stark on Sakaar. Plus, those attending the panel got to watch an upcoming episode! The second season of What If…? will debut on Disney Plus in early 2023. A third season has already been confirmed.

Details about the upcoming What If…? spinoff Marvel Zombies were also shared. These featured concept art of Shang-Chi and Katie from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as they will appear in the alternate timeline.

Finally, an animatic of footage from X-Men ’93 was shared. This series will continue the story of X-Men: The Animated Series. It will make its debut on Disney Plus in Autumn 2023. The panel revealed the episodes of the original X-Men animated series are now in story order on Disney Plus.

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In addition to these revelations, the panel included a trailer for the upcoming I Am Groot series, set to debut on Disney Plus next month, on August 10, 2022.

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