Ever thought about what would happen if the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe played out slightly differently? If events had different outcomes or if another character had been in the spotlight? Well, that’s exactly the concept that Disney Plus’ new animated series, What If…?, explores!

A new trailer was released as part of Marvel’s upcoming roster on the streaming platform on Disney Investor Day. In it, we get to see gorgeously stylised animation of some of our most beloved and recognisable MCU players, though in contexts we’ve never seen before. 

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Watch the full trailer below! 

From this first look, there are some very stark differences from the established MCU-canon to point out. We see Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter take up the mantel as Captain Britain, as opposed to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). She’s donning a Union Jack costume and fighting fascism in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. 

Later down the line, or probably in a different timeline altogether, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) is forced to take down a zombified version of his best friend, Steve.

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But, perhaps the most interesting story alluded to in the trailer was The Guardians of the Galaxy’s Yondu (Michael Rooker) landing in Wakanda instead of the States, and picking up a young T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). 

The tagline included with the trailer reads “Space. Time. Reality. It’s more than a linear path.” The MCU has certainly played around with time-travel and the Multiverse in recent years.

 Ant-Man and Wasp’s Quantum Realm, Avengers: Endgame’s twisted timelines and even recent seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. playing with alternative timelines and the consequential butterfly effects. It’ll be interesting to see what What If…? can offer to this ever-expanding and diverse universe of stories. 

Marvel’s What If…? will premiere on Disney Plus Summer 2021. 

 

 

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