‘What If…?’ Season 1 Episode 1 Discussion

With the first three live-action projects done from Marvel Studios for Disney+, they’re now moving onto another part of the Phase 4 plan with the What If…? animated series – which is definitely being considered a part of the larger MCU. With a ten-episode first season (that is now nine episodes due to COVID) and another season coming later, the first episode has gone live today and it’s time to dig into this episode, its cast, and how it reworked a familiar storyline.

The Disney+ series is directed by Bryan Andrews as created by A.C. Bradley for streaming. It features Jeffery Wright as the voice of Uata, a member of an advanced alien race known as the Watchers. His character provides the narration for a range of alternative realities where things played out differently. In Marvel Studios style, however, it has a massive voice cast from the films themselves including the late Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Hayley Atwell, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, and Taika Waititi.

Plot Concept: The series explores what would happen if major moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe occurred differently.