What if? What if Marvel ventures into a measure of multiverse madness? This is the question that haunted every Marvel fan ever since they watched Loki. The Loki series introduced the concept of various timelines and how they all can be disorienting if not tracked properly for the future. But then again, the Loki series also told us that there could be multiple versions of reality. Since the timekeepers are no longer there to keep the breaches from happening, reality can be chaos. And this chaos is what MCU directors want to take ahead with their new series “What if”. It's as if all the pruning all this time was not only being watched but also useless.
Ever since the beginning of the MCU series in 2008 with Iron Man, Kevin Feige (Marvel Studios Owner) has slowly penetrated the audience's minds to create an interconnected series that is spread in a multi-versal world. While the comics certainly did not mean to venture for a franchise crossover, the eminent outcome of the series eventually led to the creation of ‘What if’.
The series deals with the Earth-1117 Watchers. These watchers, as described in Loki, stand guard with the Earth 1610 supercomputers and the Celestials. As mentioned in the final episode of Loki, there are dozens of Watchers. The most predominant one is Uatu-Tu, who is brought into the marvel universe with the timeline of the Fantastic Four.
It also seems that the introduction of this series will pave the way for the storyline Eternals, and explain their absence when Thanos destroyed the universe. The Eternals, as described in the promo, are the next level of leadership watching over Earth and are meant to be in collaboration with the Watchers and Celestials.
Also, let us not forget Wanda aka Scarlett Witch hearing the voices of her children at the end of WandaVision. That may also be the hook for an alternate reality storyline. In total, it looks like all this is leading the way to Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which is all set to awe audiences in 2022.
Speaking about it recently, Brad Winderbaum, the director, stated the series is as important as the Loki series. What if it happens to be the fourth TV series of the MCU. The show will be divided into two seasons. The first is meant to premier on the 11th of August 2021, and the second is on December 2021.
“It’s no coincidence that the show picks up right after Loki… The multiverse has erupted in every possible direction,” he said at a press event (via ComicBook).
Winderbaum added: “I think that without going into great detail, I can tell you that What If…? — as a project, as a story that exists in the MCU — is as important as any other and is woven into that tapestry.”
Now what is so mind boggling about the first season? Here we see Captain America’s shield and uniform. But instead of the familiar face of a man we see a woman. It leaves a clear hint that in a different timeline it is very much possible for Peggy Carter to be Captain America.
Cast or the voice-over cast is almost similar to what we have seen in the MCU movies.
· Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
· Josh Brolin (Thanos)
· Tom Hiddleston (Loki)
· Natalie Portman (Jane Foster)
· Taika Waititi (Korg)
· Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster)
· Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk)
· Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)
· Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye)
· Michael Rooker (Yondu)
· Karen Gillan (Nebula)
· Paul Rudd (Ant-Man)
· Michael Douglas (Hank Pym)
· Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)
· Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger)
· Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes)
· Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter)
· Toby Jones (Arnim Zola)
· Neal McDonough (Dum Dum Dugan)
· Sean Gunn (Kraglin)
· Djimon Hounsou (Korath)
· Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark)
· Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue)\
“In the cases where we couldn’t get the original voice actors back, and many of which were very iconic roles, very identifiable voices, we prioritised the performance over the soundalike,” Winderbaum said.
“So you might be able to achieve a perfect Tony Stark voice, but if the depth of the character wasn’t there and the acting, the performance didn’t have dimensionality to it, it wouldn’t matter. You’d be taken out. That would take you out.”
The series is set out to be animated and will be streaming on Disney+.
So are you as excited as us about this new series? What doors do you think this new series will prune out in the MCU world? Do let us know!