With hints of what’s to come in What If…? Season 2, Marvel have confirmed a Season 3 too.
As the multiverse continues to be all the rage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, their animated What If…? has scored a third run, on top of the upcoming second series. This news comes from the Marvel Studios Animation Panel at the recent San Diego Comic Con.
Twisting the timelines on familiar MCU heroes and events, the first run of What If…? brought us Peggy Carter as a super-soldier, Avengers as zombies, Black Panther‘s T’Challa as Star Lord and more.
Across nine episodes, the series built towards a team-up against an Infinity Stones wielding Ultron.
The show’s coming back for a further nine episodes. Originally expected this year, it’s slipped down the schedule until early 2023. Although there’s no trailer released for Season 2 following the panel, they did drop some tantalising details;
We can expect to see Hela (of Thor: Ragnarok), Shang Chi, Red Guardian, Yelena Belova, Kate Bishop, Ikaris, and a road-warrior version of Agent Jimmy Woo. We’re also promised characters from Neil Gaiman’s 1602 comic run which saw familiar superheroes recast in an Elizabethan setting. Plus, the return of Agent Carter too.
Writer AC Bradley said:
“Going into the second season, we’re sticking with anthology form, and it’s going to be all-new stories, lots of fun, new heroes, and pulling more from Phase Four than we were obviously able to this season.”
Speaking of those superpowered zombies, who debuted in Season 1’s fifth episode, we learned a little more about their spin-off show.
Marvel Zombies will explore the universe from that first episode where Hawkeye, Abomination, Ghost, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch and Okoye are all members of the undead.
The heroes facing them will be Yelena, Katy, Kate Bishop, Jimmy Woo, Death Dealer, Shang-Chi and Kamala Khan. Apparently, they’ll also have to deal with post-apocalyptic Widows and a Skrull biker gang.
Marvel Production and Development head Brad Winderbaum promises “We are not shying away from the things that made the comic book great”. Apparently, this includes appropriate levels of gore!
If you want to know more, there’s a great roundup of the panel on ComicBook.