New “What If…?” Clip Re-Imagines Peggy Carter as the First Avenger
Yesterday we shared the latest What If…? teaser, which gave us a fresh glimpse at Marvel Studios’ first-ever animated series. Today, Marvel has revealed a clip from the first episode, which is centered on Captain Peggy Carter, a new spin on the Agent Peggy Carter we all know (and Steve Rogers very much loved) from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The clip reveals Captain Carter leading her Howling Commandos on a charge during World War II. It seems like she and her men are in a bit of trouble when she’s informed there’s some help on the way—Steve Rogers. Only when Captain America himself shows up, he’s not the Captain America we remember—instead, he’s wearing some proto Iron Man armor, and he goes on to stomp and smash on some German tanks.
The premise of What If…? is that it’ll take some of the most legendary characters and moments in MCU history and re-imagine them. For example, what if things had played out differently and it was Peggy Carter (voiced here by Hayley Atwell) who took the super-soldier serum and became the first Avenger? In fact, Captain Carter will be the lynchpin of the series, helping bridge not only the first season of What If…?, but upcoming seasons as well.
What If…? is inspired by a line of comics under the same name, in which every issue would re-imagine a major event in Marvel Comics happening differently. Like, what if Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben wasn’t killed? For the Disney+ series, the events what if‘d, if you will, all hail from the MCU, and it’s fitting that the first episode will focus on Peggy Carter becoming the first Avenger, and that Captain Carter’s storyline will reverberate through a series that aims to make you imagine scenarios in which the MCU looks nothing like the version we have in our wacky little timeline.
Check out the clip 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 (center) and the Howling Commandos in Marvel Studios’ “What If…?” exclusively on Disney+. Courtesy Marvel Studios.