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Marvel’s What if…? will only be airing 9 episodes instead of 10

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Due to the pandemic production delays, Marvels’ What if…? will only air 9 episodes instead of the previously announced 10.

Back in 2019, Marvel Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige revealed that Disney+ ordered 10 episodes for the first season and another 10 episodes for the second season 2 of What If…? The studio’s first animated series that puts a twist on iconic moments from the MCU. However,  producer Brad Winderbaum says both seasons of What If…? will each air nine episodes instead.

“We had to push an episode into Season 2. It was just, honestly, like everything else, that was a COVID impact,” Winderbaum told Collider. “There was an episode that just wouldn’t hit the completion date, but luckily we do get to see it in the second season of the show.” Winderbaum then confirmed another nine-episode run for Season 2.

“We targeted a half an hour for each episode. Some of them come in a little longer, some of them come in a little shorter,” Winderbaum said. “We wanted to tell as many stories as we could, and we had a certain budget we had to work with, so it felt like that 10-episode — now 9-episode run — was the right quantity.”

Each episode of What If…? will be approximately 30 minutes in length. This seems fair although fans, including myself, would have loved for it be a bit longer. But then again, who are we to complain? We’ll get to see Spider-Man hunt down his zombified Avengers teammates and I am more than sold.

Marvel’s What if…? will be available on Disney+ starting August 11, 2021.