Almost every Marvel fan has had a “What if?” crossover thought run through their mind. This reached its peak during the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when X-Men and Fantastic Four were over at Fox, and Spider-Man was at Sony. The latter did find its way over eventually; and with Disney acquiring Fox, the former has become a reality. But even with most of the Marvel characters – Sony still has the rights to Spider-Man supporting characters and villains – under one umbrella, some characters have yet to interact with each other.
That’s where What If? comes in. For those who have been wondering what if Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four, or what if Captain America did not disappear during World War II, then your questions will be answered in a new animated TV series set to stream on Disney+ based on those comic book titles. More on the report below.
/Film’s exclusive report says Marvel Studios will be behind the all-new animated series that will be based on a variety of What If? titles. The titles in the image above are just a few that have appeared in the comics. Others include “What if Jane Foster Had Found the Hammer of Thor?” or “What if Doctor Doom Had Become a Hero?” These are just some of the questions that took a look at a different story for various characters. It’s not clear if Marvel Studios will do any direct adaptations or create original “what if?” scenarios for the show. But there is plenty of room to run with both ideas depending on the titles that are available and what kind of MCU scenarios they would like to explore.
And since What If? is a Marvel Studios’ show, the idea is to have the original actors reprise their roles in the animated series. According to /Film, it will be an anthology like the comics and different stories with different characters will be featured in each episode.
This sounds like it has the potential to be a lot of fun because it would play around with these ideas and twists that couldn’t work in the live-action films. With these scenarios, we will get to see a sidestep that would have obviously changed the course of the MCU had it been taken. Can you imagine what it would have been like if Captain America survived and lived up until now? What about if Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben survived?
The What If? show is still very much in early development, but it joins the Loki series, a Scarlett Witch and Vision series, and a Falcon and Winter Soldier series which are all also said to be in development. And these are the shows that are being developed under the Marvel Studios banner. Marvel Television has Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler, and Howard the Duck, also in the works to stream on Hulu in the future.
While no release date or creative team has been announced yet for the What If? series, /Film says we can expect to hear more about it during an upcoming investor meeting in April or possibly during San Diego Comic-Con.