The creator of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman, publicly reveals that Marvel Studios refused to make a film project on his work.
During the panel The Sandmanthe series of Netflixon the San Diego Comic Con 2022the writer Neil Gaiman revealed that he asked Netflix to do an adaptation of his 1602 limited comic series. The writer wanted them to make a movie or TV series in Disney+. However, he was rejected by the old executive structure of Marvel Studios. It’s a shame they made that decision.
Despite being rejected, Neil Gaiman expressed that he is still interested in having his comic adapted. Whether in film or television, but he is convinced that it can end up happening. He now has faith that the Marvel Studios executive, led by Kevin Feigedo things right. Maybe it could work as an episode of What If?, considering that it would be a trip to the past of the shared universe. That is to say, to place the leading superheroes in the 17th century. That would be so much fun to watch!
Opportunity still exists on the horizon
In fact, as the San Diego Comic Con 2022 attendees themselves discovered, after seeing the trailer and the first episode of the second season of What If? Everything indicates that it will be framed in the context of Neil Gaiman’s 1602 comic. It would be a shame to condense such a huge and expansive world into a single episode of What If? And much more if it is exclusively associated with a cliffhanger. However, it is difficult to present it in any other way than in the Marvel Studios animated series.
Perhaps, as has happened with Marvel Zombies1602 ends up getting its own spin-off after briefly appearing in What If? Hopefully it ends up being real, because the mass public would discover an ideal environment to tell an extraordinary and groundbreaking superhero story. Even though it’s only eight issues long, Neil Gaiman’s miniseries was truly creative. He twisted the characters to fit a colonial setting and gave us a story that still resonates with readers’ minds.