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What If | Release Date | Cast | Plot and More


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What if is an upcoming Marvel Studio animated series that focuses on a different version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The series takes some of the pivotal moments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and changes them. These pivotal changes engender new storylines and continue to evolve. This re-takes on the main points of incidents create more plot and more interpretations for the reader to enjoy. What if…? will be a must watch for all MCU fans!

The stories of the series are narrated by an omniscient speaker who explains the multiverse as a prism of endless possibilities. Ever-evolving stories keep going until the end of time. This series explores alternate realities of potential possibilities. 

As Marvel is here once again to gift another cool series to impress their fans, we have this article to get you all caught up so that you know what to expect from this new venture.

Plot of What if…?

The series does not revolve around one linear plot or storyline. If anything, it rather. deliberately avoids that.  The series re-tells stories of Marvel heroes and does not follow the original version. The characters remain the same but their roles have changed. So have their stories.

What ifs are answered 

Marvel has been here with us. They did not just present stories and comics but made us think about their universe. It has been a long time since we stopped being readers/viewers and became participants. We are attuned to their reality and timeline.  So many times did we wonder about the endless possibilities of the incidents taking place in Marvel’s Universe. 

This aptly named series tries to answer all sorts of things that could have happened. Interestingly, those possibilities are a reality in this show. 

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The New stories in What if…?

zombie captain america from what if…?
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As mentioned before, the series focuses on a new version of the MCU. For example, we often wondered what would happen if Loki wielded Mjolnir instead of Thor? What if instead of Steve Rogers, Peggy Carter was the super soldier? What if, Black Panther was Star-Lord and fought the aliens? 

These are some of the possibilities explored in the series.

Peggy Carter as Captain America 

In this series, the Vibranium Shield shines in the hands of Peggy Carter. The idea of the first super-soldier as a woman breaks the gender bias and promotes the fact that being a hero has no connection whatsoever with a person’s gender identity. 

Black Panther is Star-Lord 

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Featuring the Marvel’s cast from What if…?

The Black Panther actor Chadwick Bossman is no longer with us. But before his death, he came in multiple times and recorded his parts for the Marvel stories. We will get to see an animated Black Panther, with Bossman as the voice artist. It reminds us how much we miss him. 

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Stephen Strange’s strange story 

Another possibility that has taken the fans by storm, is the question — what if Stephen Strange met an even stranger fate? What if he turned out to be evil? What if Dormammu had overtaken his soul?  

Tony Stark ends up on a new planet 

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Marvel promised Disney+ Episodes of What if…? will feel same as original MCU movies!

This version is partially confirmed by Jeff Goldbaum himself. It is said that Tony Stark does not come back to earth in the first part of the Avengers movie. What if Stark had ended up on a different planet and engaged in a Ragnarok-like fight?  

The Watcher in What if…?

The series is told from a third perspective. An omniscient narrator narrates the various incidents taking place in the multiverse. The narrator himself is from another planet. He is the one who sees it all but must never interfere. He is introduced to us as Uatu.

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Why Marvel picked animated series 

Animation series has been a popular choice whenever it came down to the stories of an expansive universe. Marvel’s Universe is humongous. There are always a host of characters and incidents and the stories keep branching out. It is nearly impossible to allow the needed time to make these ventures in movie forms. Animated series makes it far easier to follow this storyline into the future. 

What if is Marvel’s first foray into making animated series. Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios VP has said that this is only the beginning of many more animated adventures that are yet to come. Initially, 30 parts were chosen from the list of pivotal incidents and 10 parts were selected. 

A lot of main characters will be voiced by different actors. Some actors who played the original roles will reprise through voiceover. 

Availability of What if…?

The series can be watched on Disney +. 

Release date of What if…?

The series will be released on 20 th August 2021. 


What If …? simply puts together another new universe with interchanging roles, realities and timelines. Fans have formed multiple theories regarding how the different stories could play out. This series in a way pays tribute to those loyal Marvel fans and supporters who have become the most integral part of their Cinematic Universe.

How many of these theories did you predict? What do you think of this new series? Do share your thoughts in the comments section below.