Disney Wiki
Advertisement
Disney Wiki

This article is about the animated series. For the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, see "What If...".

What If...? is an animated Disney+ original series, set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on the comic series of the same name.[1] It is part of Phase Four and is the fourth Disney+ MCU series.

Synopsis

Time... Space... Reality... It's more than a linear path... It's a prism of endless possibility... Where a single choice can branch out into infinite realities... Creating alternate worlds from the ones you know... I am the Watcher... I am your guide through these vast new realities... Follow me and ponder the question... What If...?
―The Watcher


What If...? flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios’ first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. The series is directed by Bryan Andrews; AC Bradley is head writer.[2]

Plot

Season One

The Watcher examines the different universes containing divergences from their original paths. With each story, he finds a moral that connects to the victors and failings, all the while remaining anonymous and unseen by those inhabiting them. In one such timeline, he allows Stephen Strange to suffer with the destruction of his own universe and the death of the love of his life, despite him reaching out for help. In another timeline, he witnesses Ultron successfully defeat the Avengers and acquire the Infinity Stones; resulting in him becoming aware of the Watcher and wishing to break free from his universe so that he can destroy the others. With no one else to turn to, the Watcher enlists the aid of the Strange that he left in purgatory to help him.

The Watcher and Strange recruit Peggy Carter (from a timeline where she took the super soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers), T'Challa (from a timeline where Yondu took him into space), Gamora (from a timeline where she defeated Thanos), Erik Killmonger (from a timeline where he rescues and then betrays Tony Stark) and Thor (from a timeline where he did not have Loki as an adoptive brother). Together they become the Guardians of the Multiverse and make a plan to defeat the universe hopping Ultron. They return to to his timeline and recruit that version of Natasha Romanoff to fight Ultron with a stone destroyer, but learn that it only works in Gamora's universe.

Natasha reveals that she has Arnim Zola's consciousness on a hard drive and she and Peggy get it into Ultron resulting in Zola destroying Ultron from the inside. However, Killmonger attempts to take the stones for himself, only for a Zola controlled Ultron to fight him for it. Strange traps the two into an eternal struggle and promises the Watcher that he will watch over them. Everyone is returned to their universe proper, with the exception of Natasha who is returned to a timeline where she died before the Avengers were formed. Peggy returns to her time where she travelled to the future and discovers that Steve went into cryogenic sleep as well. The Watcher promises to watch over the multiverse.

Voice Cast

Recurring

Guests

Episodes

Season One (2021)

No. in Series No. in Season Title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 1 "What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?" Bryan Andrews A.C. Bradley August 11, 2021
When Steve Rogers is seriously injured, Peggy Carter becomes the world's first Super Soldier.
2 2 "What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?" Bryan Andrews Matthew Chauncey August 18, 2021
The rough-and-tumble space pirates known as the Ravagers abduct T'Challa instead of Peter Quill.
3 3 "What If... The World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?" Bryan Andrews A.C. Bradley & Matthew Chauncey August 25, 2021
Nick Fury struggles to launch The Avengers when candidates are targeted by a serial killer.
4 4 "What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?" Bryan Andrews A.C. Bradley September 1, 2021
A grief-stricken Doctor Strange uses the Eye of Agamotto in a dangerous effort to change the past.
5 5 "What If... Zombies!?" Bryan Andrews Matthew Chauncey September 8, 2021
When The Avengers are infected by a zombie plague, surviving heroes search for a cure.
6 6 "What If... Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?" Bryan Andrews Matthew Chauncey September 15, 2021
An American soldier called Killmonger rescues Tony Stark when his Humvee is attacked in Afghanistan.
7 7 "What If... Thor Were an Only Child?" Bryan Andrews A.C. Bradley September 22, 2021
Thor, who never learned to be a good hero, throws an out of control intergalactic party on Earth.
8 8 "What If... Ultron Won?" Bryan Andrews Matthew Chauncey September 29, 2021
In an alternate reality, Ultron not only defeats the Avengers, but also gains Vision's body and the power of the Infinity Stones.
9 9 "What If... The Watcher Broke His Oath?" Bryan Andrews A.C. Bradley October 6, 2021
The Watcher assembles heroes from across the multiverse, in order to defeat Ultron.

Videos

Gallery

Wiki.png
The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to What If...?.

Trivia

  • This was Chadwick Boseman's final role as Black Panther, before his death.
  • Robert Downey Jr. (Iron-Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) do not reprise their roles for this series.[4][5]
    • The Spider-Man movie rights still being in negotiations between Disney and Sony is the reason why Holland doesn't reprise his role as Spider-Man for the series.[6]
  • Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter will be appearing in every season of the show, according to the producers.[7]
  • Several scenarios were pitched for the series, but were rejected as they were already ideas which were going to be used in then-upcoming Marvel projects. Such scenarios include:
  • One rejected idea for the series was "What if Peter Parker turned into a real spider?", reminiscent of Man-Spider from the comics. This was rejected because it "was just too dark and too body horror for (a PG-13 rating)".[11]
  • Originally, season one consisted of ten episodes. This was cut down to nine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the cut episode being pushed back to season two. [12]
    • According to A.C. Bradley, the episode that was pushed back to season two was "more in the pure comedy vein", and would focus on Tony Stark. [13][14]
  • According to A.C. Bradley, while Season One focused on "big, let's end the world, let's kill everyone" arcs, Season Two episodes will "focus a lot more on the character stories and these heroes and showing a different side of them that people don't expect and hopefully they can relate to". [15]
  • According to Kevin Feige, "Season two will definitely incorporate movies from Phase 4" (Black Widow onwards). [16]
  • Season 2 will air in 2022, at the earliest.[17]
  • Gamora's episode was originally going to be in season 1, but was pushed back to season 2, due to COVID 19 complications and there was going to be a spin-off series, featuring on T'Challa/Star-Lord before Chadwick Boseman's death.[18]

References


External Links


v - e - d
Marvel Studios 2016 Transparent Logo.png
Media
Movies: The AvengersIron Man 3Thor: The Dark WorldCaptain America: The Winter SoldierGuardians of the GalaxyAvengers: Age of UltronAnt-ManCaptain America: Civil WarDoctor StrangeGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Spider-Man: HomecomingThor: RagnarokBlack PantherAvengers: Infinity WarAnt-Man and the WaspCaptain MarvelAvengers: EndgameSpider-Man: Far From HomeBlack WidowShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Upcoming: EternalsSpider-Man: No Way HomeDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessThor: Love and ThunderBlack Panther: Wakanda ForeverThe MarvelsAnt-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Fantastic FourBladeDeadpool 3Captain America 4

TV Shows:
Marvel Television: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Agent CarterDaredevilJessica JonesLuke CageIron FistThe DefendersInhumansThe PunisherRunawaysCloak & DaggerHelstrom
Marvel Studios: WandaVisionThe Falcon and The Winter SoldierLokiWhat If...?HawkeyeMs. MarvelMoon KnightShe-HulkSecret InvasionIronheartArmor WarsI Am GrootEchoUntitled Agatha Harkness show
Specials: Marvel Studios: Assembling a UniverseMarvel 75 Years: From Pulp to PopThe Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Cancelled: InhumansNew Warriors
Marvel One-Shots: Item 47Agent CarterAll Hail the King
Books: The Art of Marvel's The AvengersThor: The Dark World: Warriors of the RealmsCaptain America: The Winter Soldier – The Movie StorybookCaptain America: The Winter Soldier: Rescue at SeaThe Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Video games: Marvel Avengers: Battle for EarthIron Man 3: The Official GameDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Infinity: 3.0 EditionMarvel: Contest of ChampionsMarvel: Avengers AllianceMarvel vs. Capcom series (Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite)
Soundtracks: ThorThe AvengersIron Man 3Captain America: The Winter SoldierGuardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2Black WidowShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Disney Parks
Avengers Campus(Avengers Campus (Disney California Adventure)/Avengers Campus (Walt Disney Studios Park)/Stark Expo (Hong Kong Disneyland)) • Avengers QuinjetAnt-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic RewindGuardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!Iron Man ExperienceIron Man Tech ShowcaseIron Man JukeboxMarvel's Mission: Dimensions of DangerSuper Hero HQThe AnnexWeb Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure

Entertainment: Avengers Training InitiativeDoctor Strange: Journey into the Mystic ArtsGuardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!Marvel Heroes UniteMarvel Comic AcademyStark Expo présente : une énergie pour demain!
Restaurants: Pym Test Kitchen
Shops: Expo ShopPavilion GiftsThe Collector’s Warehouse
Firework: Disney Movie MagicILLUMINATE! A Nighttime CelebrationWorld of Color: Celebrate!

Characters
Heroes: Iron ManPepper PottsWar MachineHulkThor OdinsonJane FosterBlack WidowHawkeyeCaptain AmericaPeggy CarterSam Wilson/Falcon/Captain AmericaNick FuryStar-LordGamoraDrax the DestroyerGrootRocket RaccoonMantisScarlet WitchQuicksilverVisionHank PymJanet van DyneHope van DyneScott LangBlack PantherShuriOkoyeNakiaSpider-ManDoctor StrangeHeimdallValkyrieCaptain MarvelMonica RambeauDaredevilJessica JonesLuke CageIron FistRed GuardianMelina VostokoffYelena BelovaShang-ChiKaty ChenMs. MarvelHawkeye (Kate Bishop)Deadpool

Villains: LeaderAbominationWhiplashJustin HammerRed SkullLoki LaufeysonThanosAldrich KillianTrevor SlatteryEric SavinEllen BrandtMalekithAlgrimThe Winter SoldierAlexander PierceCrossbonesArnim ZolaThe OtherNebulaRonan the AccuserKorath the PursuerCollectorUlysses KlaueUltronBaron StruckerWilson Fisk/KingpinKilgraveBaron ZemoCottonmouthBlack MariahShadesDiamondbackKarl MordoKaeciliusBride of Nine SpidersEgo the Living PlanetAyeshaTaserfaceThe VultureShockerTinkererMaximusSurturHelaErik KillmongerGhostSonny BurchYon-RoggDr. Minn-ErvaSupreme IntelligenceEbony MawCorvus GlaiveProxima MidnightCull ObsidianMorgan le FayMysterioAgatha HarknessValentina Allegra de FontaineKang/He Who RemainsTaskmasterGeneral DreykovWenwuDeath DealerRazor FistDoctor OctopusGreen GoblinElectro
Other characters: Phil CoulsonMaria HillJ.A.R.V.I.S.Erik SelvigMaya HansenHarley KeenerOdin BorsonVolstaggHogunFandralSifHappy HoganSharon CarterSenator SternDarcy LewisFriggaBorRhomann DeyYondu UdontaCarinaIrani RaelVice President RodriguezHoward the DuckGarthan SaalCosmo the SpacedogEdwin JarvisCassandra LangStickAncient OneClaire TempleChristine PalmerHoward StarkAunt MayEverett RossBetty BrantMichelle JonesNed LeedsRamondaM'BakuZuriT'ChakaF.R.I.D.A.Y.GooseMar-VellMorgan StarkJ. Jonah JamesonPunisherTrish WalkerJeri HogarthMisty KnightColleen WingKaren PageTina Minoru
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters: Daisy Johnson/QuakeGrant WardLeo FitzJemma SimmonsMelinda MayJohn GarrettMichael PetersonFranklin HallAce PetersonChan Ho YinMiles LydonVictoria HandAkela AmadorRainaElliot RandolphIan QuinnLoreleiAudrey NathanAgent KoenigAntoine TriplettMockingbirdAbsorbing ManAgent 33Isabelle HartleyLance HunterDaniel WhitehallCalvin ZaboRobert GonzalesAlphonso MackenzieLincoln CampbellGordonYo-YoGhost Rider (Johnny Blaze)Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes)Holden RadcliffePatriotKasiusSinaraSargeIzelPhil Coulson (LMD)Freddy MalickErnest KoenigViolaSibylNathaniel MalickThomas WardKoraGrillEllen NadeerChristian Ward
Inhumans characters: Black BoltMedusa AmaquelinCrystal AmaquelinKarnakGorgon
Runaways characters: Alex WilderNico MinoruKarolina DeanGertrude YorkesChase SteinMolly Hernandez
Cloak & Dagger characters: Tyrone Johnson/CloakTandy Bowen/DaggerMayhem
WandaVision characters: Sharon Davis/Mrs. HartTodd Davis/Mr. HartRalph BohnerAbilash Tandon/NormHarold Proctor/Phil JonesCommercial ManCommercial WomanDennisSarah Proctor/Dottie JonesIsabel Matsueda/BeverlyJohn Collins/HerbAgent Franklin/BeekeeperSeñor ScratchyDoctor NielsonBilly MaximoffTommy MaximoffDirector HaywardAgent Monti/The StrongmanAgent RodriguezDr. HighlandSparkyMajor GoodnerEvanora HarknessIryna MaximoffOlek Maximoff
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier characters: John Walker/U.S. AgentKarli MorgenthauJoaquin TorresSarah WilsonDr. RaynorYoriLeahLemar Hoskins/BattlestarIsaiah BradleyEli BradleyOlivia WalkerSelbyDr. Nagel
Loki characters: Sylvie LaufeydottirMobiusRavonna RenslayerHunter B-15CaseyMiss MinutesHunter C-20Kid LokiAlligator LokiClassic LokiBoastful LokiPresident LokiTime KeepersAlioth
What If...? characters: The Watcher

Episodes
ABC: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode listAgent Carter episode listInhumans episode list
Netflix: Daredevil episode listJessica Jones episode listLuke Cage episode listIron Fist episode listThe Defenders episode listThe Punisher episode list
Hulu: Runaways episode list
Freeform: Cloak & Dagger episode list
Disney+: WandaVision episode listThe Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode listLoki episode listWhat If...? episode list
Songs
"Shoot To Thrill" • "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" • "Trouble Man" • "Hooked on a Feeling" • "Spirit In The Sky" • "Cherry Bomb" • "Come and Get Your Love" • "I Want You Back" • "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" • "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" • "Go All The Way" • "Moonage Daydream" • "I'm Not In Love" • "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" • "O-o-h Child" • "Magic" • "Live To Rise" • "I've Got No Strings" • "Left Hand Free" • "Mr. Blue Sky" • "The Chain" • "Born to Be Wild" • "Immigrant Song" • "C'mon Get Happy" • "Twilight Time" • "Holding Out for a Hero" • "Demons" • "Dark Moon" • "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)" • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" • "A Whole New World" • "Let It Go" • "Into the Unknown"

Original Songs: "A Newlywed Couple" • "WandaVision!" • "We Got Something Cooking" • "Making It Up As We Go Along" • "Let's Keep It Going" • "Agatha All Along" • "Jeg Saler Min Ganger"

Weapons/Objects
Super Soldier SerumCaptain America's ShieldMjolnirTesseractLoki's ScepterIron Man (armor)ExtremisIron LegionIron Patriot (armor)AetherInfinity StonesCentipede0-8-4Berserker StaffWidow's BiteEXO-7 FalconOrbUniversal WeaponGravitoniumPym ParticlesDivinerVibraniumInfinity GauntletWeb-ShootersTemPad
Vehicles
S.H.I.E.L.D. HelicarrierQuinjetValkyrieMilanoThe BusDark AsterLola
Organizations/Groups
AvengersChitauriStark IndustriesS.H.I.E.L.D.A.I.M.AsgardiansFire DemonsDark ElvesFrost GiantsHYDRAWorld Security CouncilGuardians of the GalaxyNova CorpsKreeSakaaransRising TideCentipede ProjectCybertekXandariansStrikeRavagersInhumansThe HandDefendersBlack OrderEternalsFantastic FourS.W.O.R.D.United NationsFlag SmashersTime Variance AuthorityVariants
Locations
New York (state)New York CityAvengers TowerAsgardIndiaStuttgartGermanyNine RealmsLondonEnglandProject P.E.G.A.S.U.S.Tony Stark's MansionTriskelionWakandaXandarMorag • Guest House • The HubKnowhereShawarma PalaceSanctuaryHong KongEgoNew Avengers FacilityVormirQuantum RealmNew JerseyWestviewMassachusettsRalph Bohner's HouseLamentis-1The VoidCitadel at the End of TimeSan Francisco


v - e - d
Disney Plus logo.png
Movies
Lady and the TrampNoelleTogoTimmy Failure: Mistakes Were MadeStargirlArtemis FowlHamiltonMagic CampThe One and Only IvanPhineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the UniverseSecret Society of Second-Born RoyalsCloudsBlack BeautyGodmotheredSafetySoulFlora & UlyssesLuca
Documentaries
One Day at DisneyDolphin ReefElephantDiving With DolphinsIn the Footsteps of ElephantPenguins: Life on the EdgeHowardInside PixarWolfgang
Shorts
Marvel Studios: Expanding the UniverseLamp LifeOnce Upon a Snowman22 vs. Earth
Premier Access
MulanRaya and the Last DragonCruellaBlack WidowJungle Cruise
Scripted series
High School Musical: The Musical: The SeriesThe MandalorianDiary of a Future PresidentWandaVisionThe Falcon and The Winter Soldier The Mighty Ducks: Game ChangersBig ShotStar Wars: The Bad BatchLokiThe Mysterious Benedict SocietyTurner & HoochMonsters at WorkChip 'n' Dale: Park LifeWhat If...?Star Wars: Visions
Docuseries
Marvel's Hero ProjectThe Imagineering StoryThe World According to Jeff GoldblumPick of the LitterDisney InsiderProp CultureDisney Gallery: The MandalorianIt's a Dog's Life with Bill FarmerMuppets NowEarth to NedThe Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom616Into the Unknown: Making Frozen IIMarvel Studios: LegendsBehind the Attraction
Reality and competition shows
Encore!Shop ClassBe Our ChefThe Big Fib
Shorts series
Disney Family SundaysForky Asks a QuestionPixar: In Real LifeSparkShortsOne Day at DisneyShort CircuitZenimationThe Wonderful World of Mickey MousePixar PopcornLaunchpadHow to Stay at HomeDug Days
Other
Arendelle Castle Yule LogDory's Reef CamBlack Is KingThe LEGO Star Wars Holiday SpecialHigh School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday SpecialMuppets Haunted Mansion
Cancelled projects
Muppets Live Another DayBook of Enchantment
Upcoming
Home Sweet Home AloneDiary of a Wimpy KidThe Beatles: Get BackLilo & StitchAladdin: Live from the West EndHawkeyeMs. MarvelMoon KnightShe-HulkIronheartSecret InvasionSneakerellaArmor WarsI Am GrootInk & PaintIce Age: Adventures of Buck WildRobin HoodPinocchioWillow The Sword in the StonePercy Jackson and the OlympiansIwájúPeter Pan & WendyChip 'n Dale Rescue RangersStar Wars: The Book of Boba FettStar Wars: AndorStar Wars: AhsokaStar Wars: Obi-Wan KenobiMoana, The SeriesWin or LoseZootopia+TianaBaymax! Cars: The SeriesHocus Pocus 2DisenchantedThe Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday SpecialCheaper by the DozenGreek FreakStar Wars: The AcolyteStar Wars: Lando
Advertisement