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Marvel’s What If was inspired by gay-icon painter J.C. Leyendecker

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When Polygon asked Marvel’s What If…? production designer Paul Lasaine about the inspirations behind the Disney Plus series — the first animated production set in the same world as the Marvel Cinematic Universe — he had a name ready at once.

“It all started with J.C. Leyendecker, the 20th century American illustrator,” said Lasaine. “Super stylish. That was the basis for our the beginnings of our style. That really influenced the characters.”

Two other creatives working behind the scenes on What If…? — animation supervisor Stephan Franck and character designer Ryan Meinerding (who, as Marvel’s head of visual development also produces those painted concept art pieces you see in behind the scenes Marvel looks)…



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