Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Haley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L Jackson
Director: Bryan Andrews
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s seamless transition into Phase 4 started early this year with Wandavision, followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and Black Widow. Marvel Studios changed its storytelling format to include both films and series in this era, and the shows that have been released till now have received great critical acclaim. Now, Marvel has released the fourth series from their exciting line-up and this show is unlike anything we have watched before.
Titled What If, this new animated series explores the endless possibilities of the Multiverse, which was set up at the end of Loki. Now that the Multiverse is officially in the making, What If talks about the decisions and actions that led to a different timeline from what we had already seen in the MCU. For example, in the first episode of the show we see Margaret ‘Peggy’ Carter take the supersoldier serum instead of Steve Rogers and she becomes Captain Carter instead of Captain America. Not only does Captain Carter have to take on Hydra and the Nazis, she also has to face sexism in the military for being the only woman ‘in the room’ during World War 2.
Then we have prince T’Challa of Wakanda, who accidentally gets kidnapped by Yondu instead of Peter Quill, and becomes Star Lord. The legacy of the Black Panther changes at that moment, and the Guardians of the Galaxy have a different destiny too. Similarly, we see the possibility of an unknown serial killer, who is targeting the members of Nick Fury’s SHIELD. If successful, this development has the potential to change the Avengers initiative as we know it.