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What If...?
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Beginning date August 2021
Number of Episodes 23 (Currently Announced)
Season One
Writers Ashley Bradley (Showrunner)
Original Channel Disney+
Note: this article describes an upcoming release.

What If...? is an upcoming series. It will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This will be the first animated project officially part of the popular universe.


Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios will oversee the project. The series will premiere on the upcoming streaming service Disney+.

In discussing the Watcher showrunner Ashley Bradley said, "It was actually fairly early and that first conversation with [Marvel Studios producer] Brad Winderbaum. He mentioned the Watcher, which kind of surprised me because he was a Fox character technically because he first appeared in Fantastic Four. He said 'no no no, he’s coming back' and I was like 'okay...'. We had a lot of conversations. It was really important to me that the watcher wasn’t an old white man in the spec. I don’t want him to be Santa Claus. I don’t want him to be this Western white version of God. That was not who the character should be and it can very easily go that way."

She then added, "He's above everything else. He's above everyone, but there should almost be a gleefulness watching these stories. I keep using this metaphor, which I'm not too sure if anyone likes, but I always compare it to the pizza rat meme that went around a few years ago. Someone next to the subway recorded this video of a rat dragging a slice of pizza across the platform. I think that's what the Watcher is, he's a guy watching a rat drag a slice of pizza across the platform. He has no interest in becoming friends with the rat, living amongst the rat, or doing rat things. He just goes, 'Man, this is remarkable. Look at the little guy go'! That is the Watcher's relationship with humanity. It's like he's watching this weird theater and stories unfold around him and he doesn't know always if he should be watching. He doesn't intervene because that's not the point. The point is for him to watch and observe."[1]

When Disney+ launched on November 12th, 2019, one of the original content available on launch was Marvel Studios: Expanding the Universe. The twelve-minute documentary offered a look at Phase Four series and films including What If...?. The sneak preview offered a look at concept art and several animated sequences.[2]


Based on the popular line of comics, What If...? will explore various possible alternatives in the Cinematic Universe. Feige has continuously teased that one idea will be if Peggy Carter, not Steve Rogers, got the Super Soldier Serum. Another episode teased will follow a classic issue of Loki finding Mjolnir.[3][4]

At the 2019 Disney D23, Marvel confirmed two stories that would be part of the story. The first is if Peggy Carter took the super soldier serum and became Captain Britain, unrelated to the mutant character of the same name. Her shield will have a Union Jack in the middle rather than the American star. The other story will involve Steve Rogers becoming Iron Man.[5]

A teaser at the 2019 Disney D23 confirmed that the Marvel Zombies would be part of the series.[6] Marvel Zombies was a popular alternate horror-based universe that spun off from the Ultimate universe.


Actor Role(s)
Jeffrey Wright Uatu
Michael B. Jordan N'Jadaka/Erik Stevens/Killmonger
Sebastian Stan James "Bucky" Barnes/Winter Soldier
Josh Brolin Thanos
Mark Ruffalo Bruce Banner/Hulk
Tom Hiddleston Loki
Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury
Chris Hemsworth Thor
Hayley Atwell Peggy Carter
Chadwick Boseman T'Challa/Star-Lord
Karen Gillan Nebula
Jeremy Renner Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Paul Rudd Scott Lang/Ant-Man
Michael Douglas Hank Pym/Ant-Man
Neal McDonough Dum Dum Dugan
Dominic Cooper Howard Stark
Sean Gunn Kraglin
Natalie Portman Jane Foster
David Dastmalchian Kurt
Stanley Tucci Abraham Erskine
Taika Waititi Korg
Toby Jones Arnim Zola
Djimon Hounsou Korath
Jeff Goldblum Grandmaster
Michael Rooker Yondu
Chris Sullivan Taserface
Robert Downey, Jr. Tony Stark/Iron Man
Frank Grillo Brock Rumlow/Crossbones

As of yet, all actors confirmed for the series are reprising their roles from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[7]

This is the second time Hayley Atwell has reprised the voice of Agent Carter for animation following her turn on Avengers Assemble.

Sean Gunn has also provided the physical motion capture for Rocket Raccoon and Thanos, though it is unlikely he will for this series.

At the 2019 Disney D23, Marvel stated that almost the entire cast of the MCU will be playing on the series, though it did not confirm any more voices.[8] The same panel confirmed a story that Steve Rogers would become Iron Man though did not confirm if Chris Evans was returning after he said he was done with the role.

Ashley Bradley said of casting Jeffrey Wright, "His voice is just so powerful and his presence, while charismatic, can address authority. He's also a friend. He has such a warm personality. It's a nice mixture... The Watcher shouldn't feel like a god. He should feel like almost another viewer."

On November 15th, 2019, Jeff Goldblum confirmed that Robert Downey, Jr. would be returning as Iron Man.[9]

Chadwick Boseman died August 28th, 2020 leaving many questioning whether he had recorded anything for the series before his unexpected death. Kevin Feige later confirmed that Boseman had recorded his lines for the series, marking his final appearance.[10]

On January 11th, 2021, Frank Grillo revealed he had already recorded several episodes and was scheduled to record more.[11]


Job People
Showrunner Ashley Bradley


There are currently twenty-three episodes announced, which is the same number of movies in the MCU at the time of the announcement.[12] On May 21st, 2021, Entertainment Weekly revealed that the series would premiere in August of that year.[13]


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