What If...?

American animated streaming television anthology series by Marvel Studios

What If...? is an American computer-animated anthology series made for Disney+, based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name. It is the fourth television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios and the studio's first animated series from Marvel Studio Animation. It is set after the events of Loki and shows alternate timelines where the major events in the MCU movies have occurred differently. The series stars Jeffrey Wright as the Watcher, with many MCU movie actors reprising their roles.

What If...?
GenreAnimation
Anthology
Superhero
Created byA. C. Bradley
Based onMarvel Comics
Directed byBryan Andrews
StarringJeffrey Wright
ComposerLaura Karpman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18
Production
Executive producersA. C. Bradley
Bryan Andrews
Victoria Alonso
Louis D'Esposito
Kevin Feige
Brad Winderbaum
ProducerCarrie Wassenaar
AnimatorStephan Franck
EditorsGraham Fisher
Joel Fisher
Running time30-37 minutes
Production companyMarvel Studios
Original release
NetworkDisney+
ReleaseAugust 11, 2021 (2021-08-11) –
present (present)

The series's first season premiered on August 11, 2021, and ran for nine episodes until October 6 as part of Phase 4 of the MCU. The second season premiered on December 22, 2023, as part of Phase Five. Its nine episodes was released daily until December 30. A third season and a Marvel Zombies series are in development. The Marvel Zombies series is based on one of the episodes in What If...?

Synopsis change

Following the establishment of the multiverse in the season one finale of Loki, What If...? explores various alternate timelines across the multiverse in which major moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies occur differently, as observed by the Watcher.[1][2] In the second season, following the formation of the Guardians of the Multiverse, the Watcher continues to explore more strange worlds, meeting new heroes and keeping the multiverse safe.[3]

Episodes change

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
19August 11, 2021 (2021-08-11)October 6, 2021 (2021-10-06)
29December 22, 2023 (2023-12-22)December 30, 2023 (2023-12-30)

Season 1 (2021) change

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"What If... Captain Carter Were the First Avenger?"Bryan AndrewsA. C. BradleyAugust 11, 2021 (2021-08-11)
22"What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?"Bryan AndrewsA. C. BradleyAugust 18, 2021 (2021-08-18)
33"What If... the World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?"Bryan AndrewsA. C. Bradley & Matthew ChaunceyAugust 25, 2021 (2021-08-25)
44"What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?"Bryan AndrewsA. C. BradleySeptember 1, 2021 (2021-09-01)
55"What If... Zombies?!"Bryan AndrewsMatthew ChaunceySeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)
66"What If... Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?"Bryan AndrewsMatthew ChaunceySeptember 15, 2021 (2021-09-15)
77"What If... Thor Were an Only Child?"Bryan AndrewsA. C. BradleySeptember 22, 2021 (2021-09-22)
88"What If... Ultron Won?"Bryan AndrewsA. C. BradleySeptember 27, 2021 (2021-09-27)
99"What If... the Watcher Broke His Oath?"Bryan AndrewsA. C. BradleyOctober 6, 2021 (2021-10-06)

Season 2 (2023) change

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
101"What If... Nebula Joined the Nova Corps?"Stephan FranckMatthew ChaunceyDecember 22, 2023 (2023-12-22)
112"What If... Peter Quill Attacked Earth's Mightiest Heroes?"Bryan AndrewsMatthew ChaunceyDecember 23, 2023 (2023-12-23)
123"What If... Happy Hogan Saved Christmas?"Bryan AndrewsA. C. Bradley & Matthew ChaunceyDecember 24, 2023 (2023-12-24)
134"What If... Iron Man Crashed into the Grandmaster?"Bryan AndrewsA. C. BradleyDecember 25, 2023 (2023-12-25)
145"What If... Captain Carter Fought the Hydra Stomper?"Bryan AndrewsA. C. BradleyDecember 26, 2023 (2023-12-26)
156"What If... Kahhori Reshaped the World?"Bryan AndrewsRyan LittleDecember 27, 2023 (2023-12-27)
167"What If... Hela Found the Ten Rings?"Bryan AndrewsMatthew ChaunceyDecember 28, 2023 (2023-12-28)
178"What If... the Avengers Assembled in 1602?"Bryan AndrewsA. C. Bradley & Ryan LittleDecember 29, 2023 (2023-12-29)
189"What If... Strange Supreme Intervened?"Bryan AndrewsMatthew ChaunceyDecember 30, 2023 (2023-12-30)

References change

  1. Dinh, Christine (April 12, 2019). "Marvel Studios Brings First Animated Series 'Marvel's What If...?' to Disney+". Marvel.com. Archived from the original on April 12, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2023.
  2. D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 1, 2021). "'What If…?' Actor Jeffrey Wright On Chadwick Boseman's Final "Mythic" Turn As T'Challa In MCU". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 1, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2023.
  3. Hipes, Patrick (November 12, 2021). "Disney+ Day: All The Streamer's Film & TV News From Premiere Dates To Series Orders". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 12, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2023.