Have you ever look at a series of events from a narrative, whether in real-life or fiction, and wondered how differently the story would go with a little divergence here or there? If Abraham Lincoln decided not to go to the theater on the day of his assassination, or if Ned Stark does not get executed in “Game of Thrones,” how does their history or tale change? Creating new stories from divergences of canon events has been something the big two American comic-book publishers have been old hats in. Now, Marvel is looking to apply that thought exercise to their MCU Films, via an upcoming streaming animated series on Disney+.
Variety tells us that Marvel Studios has rolled out the first official trailer for “What If…?” an animated anthology that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but not exactly. That is because, as the title itself implies, each episode will follow an alternative MCU story that diverges from altered events in the canon timeline. Earlier teasers of “What If…?” in past Disney events have already showcased an Agent Peggy Carter who underwent the Super Solider procedure in World War II. Now, the trailer showcases even more “what if” scenarios.
The first scene of the trailer would be familiar to MCU Fans from the very beginning of the franchise. Tony Stark – before becoming Iron Man – is riding a military convoy in Afghanistan when it is ambushed. He stumbles outside and sees a Stark Industries-made rocket land next to him…which is picked up and thrown into the air where it explodes harmlessly. The new arrival…is then-US spec-ops operator Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, before making his sinister move on Wakanda in “Black Panther.” Where does that encounter lead?
And changing the start of the first “Iron Man” film is merely the beginning. What if Dr. Stephen Strange had a different introduction to magic? What if the Avengers became zombies? What if young T’Challa was abducted by the Ravager Yondo and end up leading the Guardians of the Galaxy? All these divergent MCU events are narrated by Jeffrey Wright, who portrays the cosmic entity Uatu the Watcher, non-interfering observer of the multiverse. He is joined in the voice cast by nearly all pertinent MCU film actors reprising their roles, including the late Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa in probably the last project of his to be released after his death.
Marvel’s “What If…?” premieres on Disney+ this August 11. It is the next MCU series to arrive on the streaming service following “Loki” which concludes its first season next Wednesday.
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