Find out how the multiverse of the MCU ought to make bigger even further!
What If…? is one in every of numerous MCU suggests to most fulfilling on Disney+ in 2021. Based at the Marvel Comics collection of the equal name, this lively anthology seems at exchange timelines withinside the multiverse that might show up if unique moments withinside the MCU came about differently.
In addition to introducing Jeffrey Wright as The Watcher, this collection sees many actors from the MCU reprise their respective roles which 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, and Paul Rudd amongst others. More tragically, it additionally marks the final look of Chadwick Boseman withinside the MCU.
Considering how expansive the multiverse is, it best makes feel Disney+ and Marvel Studios could renew the display for any other season. While now no longer many information were discovered approximately this new season, that does not suggest we cannot talk it. Here’s the whole thing we recognize to this point approximately What If…? Season 2.
Editor’s Note: This piece became final up to date on July 24 to feature facts at the trailer and launch date.
When Will What If…? Season 2 Be Released?
When What If…? Season 2 became first introduced on Disney+ Day on November 12, 2021, not anything definitive became discovered approximately its launch date different that the season is coming “soon.” We now recognize that the season will arrive in early 2023, as introduced at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. Executive manufacturer Brad Winderbaum advised Collider’s Steve Weintraub returned in August 2021 that they desire to launch a brand new season annually:
“As you already know with animation, it takes a long term to produce. We have been lucky sufficient to get the inexperienced mild on a 2nd season early sufficient to have a threat to launch it subsequent 12 months. We’ll see what happens. Obviously, I don’t need to are expecting the destiny with this new global we stay in, however our aim is to make it an annual launch.”
Is There a What If…? Season 2 Trailer?
While no trailer has been launched to the general public yet, Marvel did screen a trailer for What If…? Season 2 at some stage in their animation panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. Collider’s Therese Lacson mentioned that the trailer featured some of acquainted characters, which includes Captain Carter and an older Bucky Barnes who’s now the pinnacle of SHIELD. Other characters who have been featured consist of Hela, T’challa, the Red Guardian, and Thanos. Two sequences withinside the trailer are set on Sakaar, one offering Tony Stark withinside the Hulkbuster in shape along Valkyrie and Korg and any other that suggests Valkyrie and Korg racing a speeder with the Grandmaster. A shot from the outlet episode of Season 2 became additionally featured, displaying a metropolis inhabited with the aid of using robots which can be concealing some thing larger. And a unique deal with for comedian readers, the trailer additionally featured pictures from Marvel 1602, the constrained collection comedian run with the aid of using writer Neil Gaiman that reimagined Marvel’s superheroes and villains withinside the 12 months 1602.
Who’s In the Cast of What If…? Season 2?
As of this moment, no person has been showed for the forged of What If…? Season 2, however it is in all likelihood all of the equal actors who seemed in Season 1 will return. If this season will address plot factors from Phase 4, then many actors from Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Eternals can also make appearances withinside the display.
How Many Episodes Will What If…? Season 2 Have?
Just just like the first season, What If…? Season 2 may have 9 episodes, every round thirty minutes.
When requested approximately the duration of every episode, that is what Winderbaum needed to say:
“We targeted ‘a half-hour’ for every episode. Some of them are available in a bit longer, a number of them are available in a bit shorter. And honestly it became all approximately producible time. We desired to inform as many memories as we ought to. And we had a positive finances we needed to paintings with, so it felt like that ten episode (now 9 episode) run became the proper quantity.”
Winderbaum later defined that each seasons have been firstly speculated to be ten episodes every, however the COVID-19 pandemic precipitated the group to regulate the ones plans.
What About the Marvel Zombies Spinoff?
At the Disney+ Day birthday party from November 2021, Marvel introduced that a Marvel Zombies by-product collection is in development. Based at the comedian ee-e book metaseries with the aid of using creator Robert Kirkman and illustrator Sean Phillips, Marvel Zombies is about in an exchange universe in which many superheroes were become zombies. These comics have been later tailored into an episode from Season 1 of What If…?, “What If…Zombies?!” Not a whole lot is understood approximately the by-product presently other than the truth that it’s miles set withinside the equal universe as “What If…Zombies?!”, Bryan Andrews will direct the display, and Robot Chicken creator Zeb Wells will function the pinnacle creator on it. However, enthusiasts of What If…? are positive to be in for a deal with with this by-product.
What Is What If…? Season 2 About?
While now no longer a whole lot is understood approximately the plot of What If…? Season 2 presently, the display’s head creator, A.C. Bradley, did provide a few clues to EW approximately what to anticipate:
“Going into the second one season, we are sticking with anthology form, and it’ll be all-new memories, masses of a laugh, new heroes, and pulling greater from Phase Four than we have been glaringly capable of this season. Hopefully, we will see recommendations of Eternals and Shang-Chi and the Black Widow characters. The a laugh of What If…? is that we get to discover the complete endless multiverse, so we strive and leap round as a whole lot as we are able to. I need to play with most of these characters, and as a whole lot as I love Captain Carter, we have got were given to proportion the love. I’m very excited to expose new worlds, new heroes.”
Whereas this season ended with a group-up concerning one of a kind characters from one of a kind universes, Bradley additionally defined to EW that Season will attention much less on “quit of the global” memories and instead “attention lots greater at the individual memories and those heroes and displaying a one of a kind aspect of them that humans do not anticipate and optimistically they could relate to.”
Speaking of Captain Carter, Andrews advised Variety in October 2021 that it might be a “pretty secure bet” for her to return, which isn’t unexpected because the mid-credit scene withinside the Season 1 finale teased that we’d see greater of her.
One of the episodes will in all likelihood revolve across the Gamora we noticed withinside the Season 1 finale. Bradley defined why we failed to see greater of her at some stage in Season 1:
“Basically what passed off became we firstly had an episode deliberate for in advance withinside the season that became a a laugh, mild-hearted, living, respiration Tony Stark-centric episode with Gamora. However, because of the COVID pandemic, one in every of our animation homes became hit tremendously hard, and the episode had to be driven into Season 2, due to the fact it might now no longer be completed in time. Given the whole thing that we’ve all went via over the last years, pushing an episode of tv is genuinely not anything in comparison. And we understood. We desire enthusiasts revel in the journey subsequent 12 months.”
On the alternative hand, anybody who’s hoping to look exchange variations of the stay-movement Disney+ suggests can be significantly disappointed. In that equal interview with Variety, Bradley defined:
“In Season 2, a variety of the stuff that we’re doing, we’re doing simultaneously with the Disney Plus stay-movement suggests. We have been already writing. So we might not get a threat to discover a number of the stuff that confirmed up in the ones suggests, due to the fact we’re doing them nearly at the precise equal time. [Marvel Studios chief] Kevin [Feige] became like, “No no no! No touching! Don’t contact that! Not yet!” Maybe one day, maybe, if this stuff continue, we are able to play with a number of that stuff. But we truely get to play with a few different elements of the MCU, for positive. There’s fertile ground.”