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Marvel’s What If...? release date, trailer, cast and more

Marvel's What If...? coming to Disney Plus
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We now have a new What If...? release date, and a new trailer too. So, if you were wondering how long you'll have to wait after Loki, Marvel has some good news for you. The animated anthology series will premiere this August, but not on the originally announced date.

This falls between Black Widow and Loki and the upcoming Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, due in September. The good news is that, unlike other MCU series on Disney Plus, What If? isn’t going to be essential viewing. The fact it explores alternate takes on existing MCU stories means it’s not connected to mainstream canon. So you can consume it at your own pace, and not worry about how it might affect the next movie or TV series.

Marvel’s What If...? new release date

Disney had already confirmed that What If? would arrive at some point in August, but the international press releases revealed exactly what date the first episode is going to arrive. And it’s back to Disney’s standard Friday release date, after previously announcing that new episodes of Loki would instead drop on Wednesdays.

But on July 8, Marvel announced a new What If...? release date, confirming that it was sticking to Wednesdays, with the series debuting on August 11.

Marvel’s What If...? trailers

The new trailer for What If...? highlights the most compelling facet of the new series, that Chadwick Boseman's back as T'Challa. And in this clip, he's working with Yondu.  The clip plays heavily on the idea of multiverses and alternate realities, something that Marvel fans are thinking about a lot these days thanks to Loki, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange 2.

Marvel has been very secretive about what to expect from What If?, but the original tailer did show off a few of the stories it will tell. Those include What if Agent Carter took the super soldier serum? What if T’Challa was Star Lord? And so on.

Marvel’s What If...? cast

The first season will feature 10 episodes, each narrated by Uatu the Watcher — voiced by Westworld star Jeffrey Wright. The majority of MCU characters will be voiced by their original actors as well, as the below list confirms. 

This means that What If...? marks the final performance of Chadwick Boseman, who returned to voice T’Challa in at least one episode.

  • Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes
  • Josh Brolin as Thanos
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter
  • Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther
  • Karen Gillan as Nebula
  • Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye
  • Paul Rudd as Ant-Man
  • Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
  • Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan
  • Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark
  • Sean Gunn as Kraglin
  • Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
  • Taika Waititi as Korg
  • Toby Jones as Arnim Zola
  • Djimon Hounsou as Korath
  • Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster
  • Michael Rooker as Yondu

But any Marvel fans that were thinking about cancelling their Disney Plus subscriptions for a few months might want to hold off on making any decisions. It’s almost non-stop Marvel at Disney Towers, and you wouldn’t want to miss out would you?

Tom Pritchard

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