A New “What If…?” Teaser Reveals Marvel’s Mind-Bending New Disney+ Series
What if you combined The Twilight Zone with Marvel Studios and remixed some of the most iconic moments in the latter’s history with the exploratory chutzpah of the former? That’s roughly what Marvel’s new series What If…? offers viewers, and a new teaser asks us to imagine a world where, say, T’Challa (Black Panther to the uninitiated) arrives in Star-lord’s mask and the villain Killmonger is a force for good. Such is the world that What If…? creates, taking some of the most memorable moments and most legendary characters in the MCU and turning them on their heads. Each episode will be narrated by The Watcher (voiced by Jeffrey Wright), who will introduce us to these alternate storylines.
This is Marvel Studios’ first-ever animated series, and the look of the series is based on classic American illustration, “leaning into renowned artists like J.C. Leyendecker—a pioneer known for his iconic ads and magazine covers including The Saturday Evening Post,” What If…?‘s production notes state.
The series features the voices of more than 50 MCU cast members who reprise their roles, including Angela Bassett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, the late Chadwick Boseman, Chris Hemsworth, Danai Gurira, Mark Ruffalo, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Douglas, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Samuel L. Jackson, and Tom Hiddleston.
Check out the new teaser below. What If…? premieres on Disney+ on August 11.
Here’s the synopsis for What If…?:
Marvel Studios’ “What If…?” flips the script on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Creating a multiverse of infinite possibilities, “What If… ?” features fan-favorite characters, including Peggy Carter, T’Challa, Doctor Strange, Killmonger, Thor and more. Debuting exclusively on Disney+ on Aug. 11, 2021, “What If… ?” features of voice of Jeffrey Wright as The Watcher. Marvel Studios’ first-ever animated series also features the voices of a host of stars who reprise their iconic roles in the MCU—though their characters’ journeys promise to be wildly unique. “It’s an anthology,” says executive producer Brad Winderbaum. “The Watcher introduces us each week to these alternate storylines— each a kind of cautionary tale in the spirit of ‘The Twilight Zone.’ We bounce around genres and tone—some episodes will be dramatic; some will be tragic or comedic.”
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Featured image: Captain Carter in Marvel Studios’ “What If…?” exclusively on Disney+. Courtesy Marvel Studios.