Marvel’s What If…? season 2 was announced before the series debut, and the company has already shared details about the next season. What If…?, Marvel’s first Disney+ animated series, deepened the continuity between their TV programs and movies and elaborated on the multiverse idea introduced in Loki. There were nine episodes in the first season of What If…?, each exploring a different facet of the series’ central premise. What If…?, an animated anthology series, established the concept of parallel worlds, or “What Ifs,” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) due to important events in the main timeline having various outcomes.
What If…? assembled the Guardians of the Multiverse to stop Ultron’s multiverse conquest after launching standalone stories such as Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) receiving the Super Soldier serum and becoming Captain Carter, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becoming Star-Lord, and the deaths of the Avengers Initiative recruits. Fans have been wondering about season 2 of What If…? ever since the first season concluded. Among the positive reviews for the show was this one: “What If…? may not add much to the larger MCU narrative, but surprising takes on beloved characters and some of the best action sequences in the entire franchise make for engaging viewing.” (Hint: check out the film’s score on Rotten Tomatoes).
What If…? Season 2 Voice Cast
- Hayley Attwell as Peggy Carter
- Josh Keaton as Steve Rogers
- Lake Bell as Natasha Romanoff
- Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes
- Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff
- Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff
- Cynthia McWilliams as Gamora
- Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner
- Mick Wingert as Tony Stark
- Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster
- Take Waititi as Korg
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
- Kurt Russel as Ego
- Josh Brolin as Thanos
- Michael Rooker as Yondu
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor
- Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton
- Michael Douglas as Ant-Man
- Evangeline Lily as Hope
What If…? Season 2 Storyline
The news that season 2 of Marvel’s What If…? would include anthology tales and draw some other storylines from Phase 4 was also shared in the same interview with A.C. Bradley. As for what to anticipate in season two, she said, “more on the character stories and these heroes and showing a different side of them that people don’t expect, and hopefully, they can relate to.” That opens the door for the inclusion of Marvel characters from 2022 movies. However, Bradley emphasized that, unlike previous Phase 4 initiatives, What If…? would not be used to build up Avengers 5, but rather will explore the many other ways in which the current movies, TV series, and characters may be used.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Marvel revealed the full-length premiere of the second season of What If…? with “What If… Captain Carter Fought the Hydra Stomper?” confirming that Captain Carter and her universe’s version of Steve Rogers would meet again, although with Rogers now functioning as a Winter Soldier counterpart. Some of the additional scenarios for season 2 of What If…? were also revealed, such as one in which Odin battles the Mandarin, another in which Tony Stark replaces Thor for a Valkyrie/Hulk team-up on Sakaar, and still another in which the action takes place in 1602. The second season of What If…? will include a wide variety of Marvel characters, from Captain Carter to Iron Man to Black Widow to Thor to Hawkeye to The Wasp to even Bigfoot.
What If…? Season 2 Release Date
Marvel did not provide a definite release date for seasons 2 and 3 when they announced their renewal after season 1. The second season of What If…?, however, will debut in early 2023, as was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 and on the official Marvel website. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ashley C. Bradley, showrunner and executive producer of What If…?, discussed the upcoming second season:
“Going into the second season, we’re sticking with the anthology form, and it’s going to be all-new stories, lots of fun, new heroes, and pulling more from Phase Four than we were able to this season. Hopefully, we’ll see hints of the Eternals, Shang-Chi, and Black Widow characters. The fun of What If…? is that we get to explore the entire infinite multiverse, so we try to bounce around as much as we can. I want to play with all these characters, and as much as I love Captain Carter, we’ve got to share the love. I’m very excited to show new worlds and new heroes.”
As Marvel gears up for its next phase and goes further into the Multiverse idea, we should expect season 2 of What If…? to exceed the quality of its predecessor. Despite what many may think, the first season took a far darker turn without sugarcoating the facts. A second season with similar themes and even more interesting tales and mind-bending surprises would be highly anticipated by fans. While you’re waiting for season 2 of What If…? and celebrating the renewal of a third season, you may like these Marvel Cinematic Universe series coming to Disney+ in 2023.
What If…? Season 2: Is there a trailer?
Even though there isn’t a public teaser for Season 2 of What If…? just yet, Marvel did show a trailer for it during their animation panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. According to Therese Lacson of Collider, many recognizable figures made appearances in the teaser. These included Captain Carter and an older Bucky Barnes, the current leader of SHIELD. Thanos, the Red Guardian, and Hela and T’challa all made appearances. Sakaar is the location of two scenes in the trailer: one in which Tony Stark dons the Hulkbuster suit and fights with Valkyrie and Korg, and another in which Valkyrie and Korg compete in a speeder race against the Grandmaster.
How many episodes are there in What If…? Season 2
The second season of What If…? There will be nine episodes totaling around thirty minutes in Season 2.
Is What If…? Season 2: The Last Season?
Season 2 of the Marvel animated series What If…? was confirmed prior to the launch of season 1, and now season 3 of Marvel’s What If…? has been announced for Comic-Con 2022. Season 2’s events, whatever they may be, will very certainly set up other multiverse storylines, even if they don’t have to. Marvel’s What If…? structure can generate a limitless number of stories, and in fact improves as more “what ifs” are generated from the initial idea. Season 3 should successfully illustrate that the only constraint is Disney/Marvel’s finances.