Marvel’s What If…? Trailer 2 Continues To Expand The MCU
It’s human nature to want to ponder how things could go in life. What if I chose pepperoni pizza instead of veggie pizza? What if I chose to wear red instead of purple? Next month, we’ll finally get to see the new Disney+ series that asks this very question but for the MCU. Marvel’s What If trailer 2 just dropped and it continues to expand on the studio’s first animated series. While we got to see a Marvel Studios What If…? trailer last year, this What If trailer 2 gave us a few new glimpses as to what we can expect come August.
What If: A History
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First, let’s look at where this all began: in 1977, Marvel decided to publish an anthology series that explored how things might have unfolded had certain key moments not occurred. It was narrated by the alien, Uatu the Watcher (voiced by Jeffrey Wright in the series), who was tasked with observing the Earth and its alternate realities. Each story was independent of the others, meaning that readers didn’t have to invest time in reading a whole interconnected series, and always featured well-known comic characters that were already familiar to MCU fans.
The most famous What If…? plots were ones that reimaged origin stories. For example, there was one called “What If Uncle Ben Had Lived?,” which of course would’ve changed the entire Peter Park/Spider-Man storyline. The Disney+ series looks to be following this formula as we saw scenes such as Yondu picking up a young T’Challa instead of Peter Quill and Peggy Carter being infused with super-soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers.
What’s New In Marvel’s What If Trailer 2?
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Despite being a mere two minutes and 19 seconds, there’s a lot to unpack in Marvel’s What If trailer 2. We got a look at which MCU characters were making an appearance and what their potential new storylines might be:
Tony Stark Is Rescued By…Killmonger? Plus New Characters!
In the newest story that we got a glimpse of, it looks like Tony Stark may not become Ironman because he’s rescued by Killmonger, who may also be the King of Wakanda given that it looks like he’s riding around on some Wakandaian animals? We also see Loki in charge of his own army (this is obviously the Loki variant, Cartoon Loki right?). Whether he’s a good guy or a bad guy remains to be seen. In addition, there were also brief appearances by other MCU characters, like Howard the Duck, Hulk, Gamora, Drax, Okoye, and Ego.
More Familiar Voices
It was fun to hear Chris Helmsworth’s voice (although the cartoon version looks NOTHING LIKE HIM), as well as Hayley Atwell and Michael B. Jordan. Most of the characters will be voiced by their respective actor and actresses, although sadly, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, The Collector, Carol Danvers, Steven Strange will be voiced by new voice actors. Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans’s contract with Marvel ended, so it makes sense they aren’t in What If…?. Benicio Del Toro, Brie Larson, and Benedict Cumberbatch might have just had scheduling conflicts.
We also got to hear more of Chadwick Boseman’s voice, which is emotional, to say the least. Yondu and T’Challa have a humorous moment, where Yondu rescues him in the nick of time. What If…? will definitely be bittersweet for many fans as it will be Chadwick Boseman’s final Marvel appearance. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, said that Boseman “came in about four times and recorded numerous episodes.” While we’ll miss seeing this legend in new movies and shows, it will be nice to have this one last appearance to remember him by.
Watch Marvel’s What If trailer 2 below:
What If…? will premiere on August 11, 2021, on Disney+ with new episodes every Wednesday. There will be a total of 10 episodes.
Did Marvel’s What If trailer 2 get you even more excited for the studio’s first animated series? Let us know in the comments below!
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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane.