A bevy of details about what to expected from Disney’s highly anticipated streaming service Disney+ were released yesterday, including a number of tidbits from Marvel. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was onhand to tease Marvel’s offerings on the TV side, which mark new territory as previous Marvel TV projects (like the Netflix shows and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) were handled by Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb. The Marvel shows on Disney+, however, will be overseen by Feige himself, and will be “major storylines set in the MCU with ramifications that will be felt both through the other Disney+ series we’ll be producing and the future on the big screen,” according to the MCU architect.
While all eyes are on live-action shows like WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Feige also teased the animated series Marvel’s What If… ?. Based on the comics run of the same name, What If will revisit iconic moments from the MCU and see how they would have played out if key details were changed.
As revealed at the Disney+ event (via THR), the first episode of What If? asks what if Peggy Carter had taken the super soldier serum in Captain America: The First Avenger, leaving Steve Rogers as a scrawny kid who eventually joins the fight against the Nazis (and Hydra) wearing a metal suit made by Howard Stark?
As a cherry on top, Marvel revealed that talent from the movies will be lending their voices to the What If series, so while Hayley Atwell’s short-lived ABC series Agent Carter may be gone, we can probably at least look forward to hearing her as Peggy again. Ditto to Chris Evans‘ Cap post-Endgame?
This is a pretty brilliant idea for a series, and I’m eager to see what other What If scenarios are posited. Perhaps this offers Marvel a chance to right a few wrong turns from the past, namely Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World? Or maybe they’ll undo that big Mandarin twist from Iron Man 3? The possibilities are endless.
Disney+ launches in November, but Marvel’s What If… ? won’t be available immediately—although Disney says it’ll debut within the first year of programming.
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