Marvel’s What If...? episode 2 release date and time: How to watch on Disney Plus

What If...? Episode 2
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It's time to watch Marvel's What If...? episode 2, which features the late Chadwick Boseman's final performance as T'Challa. Except he isn't The Black Panther in this Disney Plus series. He's Star-Lord. 

Marvel's What If...? episode 2 release date and time

Streaming now on Disney Plus
Release time and date:
3 a.m. ET on Wednesday, August 18
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael Rooker
Director: Bryan Andrews
Head writer: AC Bradley
Episodes: 9

Yes, this chapter of Uatu's visions of alternate multiverses gives us a world where T'Challa is not in Wakanda, but traversing the galaxy with Yondu. This episode was teased in one of the series trailers, where T'Challa is stealing an artifact and his father-figure comes to the rescue. 

This is Boseman's final performance as T'Challa, so we're probably going to feel all of the feels as we hear his voice. Not all MCU characters in What If...? have been voiced by the right stars, as What If...? replaced Chris Evans for its first episode.

In that episode, we even saw Peggy Carter cross time and space, something that eagle-eyed folks who watched the Loki series may have been ready for. This is just one of nine What If...? episodes, but since Black Panther won't be re-cast, we're not sure if this edition has a chance to make a dent in the multiverse. Maybe with another character?

Marvel and Disney have not revealed the subjects of each of the following, but we've got a bunch of other good ideas of what we're going to get. For example, the poster for What If...? shows Spider-Man wearing Doctor Strange's billowing cape. Just don't be expecting to hear Tom Holland's voice: his contract is with Sony (not Disney) and so we may hear someone else speak from under the web-slinger's mask.

How to watch Marvel's What If...? on Disney Plus

Marvel's What If...? will jump around realities, but it will stay in the same place when it comes time to hit play: Disney Plus. 

For example, What If...? episode 2 is streaming now on Disney Plus, after debuting at 3 a.m. ET on Wednesday, August 18, and so on. The full schedule is below.

Disney Plus

Disney Plus gives you access to the entire Disney vault of classics like Frozen, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast as well as newer hits like The Mandalorian, Hamilton and more. Get the most value with the $13.99 bundle that throws in Hulu and ESPN Plus.

How to watch Marvel's What If...? internationally

Disney Plus is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, so it's not going to be tough to get access.

Marvel's What If...? episodes schedule

Episodes arrive weekly at 3 a.m. going from the premiere in mid-August to the finale in early October. 

  • Wednesday, Aug. 11: What If...? episode 1 — What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18: What If...? episode 2
  • Wednesday, Aug. 25: What If...? episode 3
  • Wednesday, Sept. 1: What If...? episode 4
  • Wednesday, Sept. 8: What If...? episode 5
  • Wednesday, Sept. 15: What If...? episode 6
  • Wednesday, Sept. 22: What If...? episode 7
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29: What If...? episode 8
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6: What If...? episode 9 (season finale)
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