“What If…?” emerged as one of the captivating additions to the MCU lineup on Disney+ back in 2021. Drawing inspiration from the Marvel Comics series of the same name, this animated anthology takes a unique spin by exploring alternate timelines within the vast multiverse. It delves into how key moments in the MCU would have unfolded differently under alternate circumstances. The series introduces Jeffrey Wright as The Watcher, a pivotal character, and brings back a plethora of beloved MCU actors to reprise their iconic roles. This star-studded cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Natalie Portman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hayley Atwell, Chris Hemsworth, Michael B. Jordan, Jeremy Renner, Michael Douglas, Tom Hiddleston, Karen Gillan, Sebastian Stan, Paul Rudd, and many more.
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However, “What If…?” Season 1 also carried a bittersweet note as it marked the final appearance of the talented Chadwick Boseman in the MCU. With the multiverse offering boundless storytelling possibilities, it’s only natural to anticipate the renewal of the series for a second season. While specific details about the upcoming season are still shrouded in mystery, that doesn’t stop us from eagerly discussing what we do know so far about “What If…?” Season 2.
When Will ‘What If…?’ Season 2 Be Released?
When “What If…?” Season 2 was initially announced on Disney+ Day back on November 12, 2021, eager fans were left in suspense regarding its release date, with the vague promise of it arriving “soon.” Subsequently, during San Diego Comic-Con in 2022, the news broke that the season was slated for an early 2023 premiere. However, this release timeframe has undergone another adjustment, and viewers can now anticipate the series gracing their screens around Christmas Day. Executive producer Brad Winderbaum shed light on the production challenges of animation and expressed the team’s aspiration to deliver a new season annually, although uncertainties in the ever-changing world make predictions a bit tricky.
Is There a ‘What If…?’ Season 2 Trailer?
Although Marvel has yet to unveil a public trailer for “What If…?” Season 2, a sneak peek was shared with fans during the Marvel animation panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. The fortunate attendees, as reported by Collider’s Therese Lacson, were treated to a tantalizing glimpse of the upcoming season. The trailer showcased a plethora of beloved characters, including the formidable Captain Carter and an older Bucky Barnes now leading SHIELD. Notable figures like Hela, T’Challa, the Red Guardian, and even the cosmic titan Thanos made appearances.
The trailer tantalizingly transported viewers to the alien planet Sakaar on two separate occasions: one with Tony Stark donning the Hulkbuster suit, flanked by Valkyrie and the lovable Korg, and another featuring a high-speed race between Valkyrie and Korg against the enigmatic Grandmaster. Furthermore, a snippet from the opening episode of Season 2 unveiled a robotic-inhabited town concealing a mysterious secret. For comic aficionados, the trailer was an extra treat, offering glimpses from “Marvel 1602,” a limited series by the renowned author Neil Gaiman that reimagines Marvel’s iconic heroes and villains in the year 1602. While we eagerly await the official trailer’s release, feel free to revisit the trailer for the show’s thrilling first season to whet your appetite for what’s to come.
Who’s In the Cast of ‘What If…?’ Season 2?
At this juncture, we have received confirmation that at least one live-action MCU star will be making a return appearance in “What If…?” Season 2. That distinguished cast member is none other than Laurence Fishburne, renowned for his portrayal of Bill Foster, also known as Giant-Man, in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Additionally, Season 2 is set to introduce a fresh character specifically crafted for the show, the enigmatic Kahhori (pronounced “KAH-HORTI”). Kahhori, a member of the Mohawk Nation, acquires remarkable abilities through an interaction with the Tesseract. While we remain in the dark regarding the identity of the voice actor for this intriguing character, our anticipation is certainly piqued.
Moreover, rest assured that all the actors who graced us with their voices in Season 1 are expected to make a triumphant return. Given the potential for Season 2 to delve into Phase 4 plotlines, there’s a possibility of appearances from actors featured in “Black Widow,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” and “Eternals.” The possibilities are as limitless as the multiverse itself.
How Many Episodes Will ‘What If…?’ Season 2 Have?
Much like the inaugural season, “What If…?” Season 2 will consist of nine episodes, with each installment running approximately thirty minutes.
When queried about the episode duration, Brad Winderbaum, the executive producer, offered insights:
“Our aim was to have each episode last ‘around a half-hour.’ Some may stretch a bit longer, while others might be slightly shorter. Ultimately, our goal was to maximize storytelling within the constraints of our resources. We wanted to explore as many captivating narratives as possible, while adhering to our allocated budget. Consequently, we settled on a series of ten episodes for both seasons (now nine for Season 2).”
Winderbaum went on to elucidate that the original plan was indeed ten episodes per season, but the unforeseen disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted them to adjust their course of action.
What About the ‘Marvel Zombies’ Spinoff?
During the Disney+ Day festivities in November 2021, Marvel dropped an exciting tidbit: a Marvel Zombies spinoff series is currently in the works. Drawing inspiration from the comic book metaseries created by writer Robert Kirkman and illustrator Sean Phillips, Marvel Zombies unfolds within an alternate reality where numerous superheroes succumb to a horrifying fate – becoming zombies themselves. This gripping narrative was subsequently adapted into an episode during Season 1 of “What If…?”, aptly titled “What If…Zombies?!”
As for the spinoff series, details remain shrouded in mystery. However, what we do know is that it shares the same universe as “What If…Zombies?!”, it will be helmed by director Bryan Andrews, and the talented Zeb Wells, known for his work on Robot Chicken, will take the reins as head writer. For fans of “What If…?”, this spinoff promises to be an absolute delight.
What Is ‘What If…?’ Season 2 About?
While we’re still shrouded in mystery regarding the plot of What If…? Season 2, A.C. Bradley, the show’s head writer, dropped some tantalizing hints during an interview with EW. She mentioned that the second season would retain its anthology format, delivering fresh stories featuring new heroes. Importantly, they plan to delve deeper into the offerings of Phase Four, potentially weaving in characters from Eternals, Shang-Chi, and Black Widow. The infinite multiverse grants them the liberty to explore various corners of the Marvel universe, promising diverse narratives.
In contrast to the first season’s “end of the world” scenarios, Bradley suggested that the focus in Season 2 would shift towards character-driven stories, offering unexpected facets of beloved heroes. And for fans of Captain Carter, it’s looking promising as her return seems likely, especially considering the mid-credits scene teasing her reappearance in the Season 1 finale.
Additionally, we can anticipate an episode centered around the Gamora glimpsed in the Season 1 finale. Due to unforeseen challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, an originally planned episode featuring her and Tony Stark was postponed to Season 2. Nevertheless, Bradley assures fans that the delay is a minor hiccup compared to the broader challenges of the past few years.
However, for those hoping to see alternate versions of Disney+ live-action shows, there might be some disappointment. Bradley mentioned that Season 2 is developed concurrently with the live-action shows, limiting their ability to explore certain plot elements from those series. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has placed a “hands-off” directive for now, but there’s hope that future seasons may delve into these uncharted territories. The MCU, it seems, has no shortage of fertile ground to explore.