Marvel has a new television show on the horizon. The series is called ‘What If?‘ and will be an animated show based the classic Marvel comic of the same name.

Developed by A.C. Bradley, ‘What If?’ will make its debut on Disney+ in 2021 and will feature many familiar actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige will be overseeing the project, but what is it exactly?


What is Marvel’s ‘What If?

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What If?’ is an anthology comic book published by Marvel Comics. The comic tells iconic stories from the Marvel Universe, but from a new angle.

For example, in the Marvel Universe Peter Parker became Spider-Man after being bitten by a radioactive spider. But what if the spider never bit Parker? What if the spider bit Peter’s Aunt May? Or what if the spider killed Uncle Ben?

In essence, ‘What If?’ takes established continuity and turns it on its head to create a whole new story. The result is an intriguing collection of tales, often with dark, twisted outcomes.


How long has ‘What If?’ been in print?

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The first issue of ‘What If?’ was published in 1977 and carried the title: ‘What if… Spider-Man had joined the Fantastic Four?’ The issue was a hit with fans and the comic continued to be published throughout the end of the 1970s and into the 1980s.

After a short pause during the mid-to-late ‘80s, ‘What If?’ returned to comic book shelves for a second run. This second volume became very successful and ran for almost a decade.

A third volume arrived in the ‘00s, followed by a fourth, and a fifth, and so on. The comic still pops up on shelves today, with little breaks in between.


What are some of the most memorable tales from ‘What If?

Throughout its publishing life (which has included many revivals), ‘What If?’ has served up some truly memorable tales. Some of these stories include ‘What if.. Silver Surfer Possessed the Infinity Gauntlet?

What if… The Punisher killed Spider-Man?


What if Mr. Sinister had formed the X-Men?

And a personal favourite, ‘What if Rogue possessed the power of Thor?

These stories are just a tiny example of the vast collection of ‘What If?’ comics that Marvel has published over the years. There are hundreds of stories, with some truly imaginative premises.

I should also note that some of the comics have even inspired storylines in the main Marvel Universe. Sometimes, the ‘what if?’ scenario is that good it gets reworked for the main Marvel Universe.

Examples of this include:

  • What If… Jane Foster had found the hammer of Thor?
  • What if… the Hulk had the brain of Bruce Banner?
  • What If… Spider-Man’s clone lived?

Who are the voice cast of the ‘What If?’ TV show and how will the series connect to the MCU films?

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The lead actor who will be appearing in every episode of the ‘What If?’ television series is Jeffrey Wright. The actor will voice the character of Uatu (aka The Watcher) – an alien life-form who presides over Marvel’s multiverse, and looks at how events play out differently from universe to universe.

Wright will effectively anchor the series and will be the consistent character from episode to episode. Across the course of the series, he will be joined by an extensive list of actors who have previously appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Actors reprising their MCU roles will include:

Chadwick Boseman, Hayley Atwell, Josh Brolin, Michael Douglas, Karen Gillan, Jeff Goldblum, Sean Gunn, Dominic Cooper, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Michael B. Jordan, Toby Jones, Natalie Portman, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Michael Rooker, Neal McDonough, Mark Ruffalo, Taika Waititi and Sebastian Stan. More MCU actors are expected to appear, as the series develops and moves into further seasons.


Did the COVID-19 outbreak caused a halt in production of ‘What If?

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Unlike many films and television shows, including multiple Marvel Studios productions, ‘What If?’ reminded largely unaffected by the global pandemic. Work on the project continued during the various worldwide lockdowns, with the cast and crew working remotely, meaning despite the vast shutdowns in 2020, ‘What If?’ remains on course for 2021.


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