Marvel to Develop ‘What If’ Animated Anthology Series for Disney+: Report

Marvel to Develop ‘What If’ Animated Anthology Series for Disney+: Report

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Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok

  • Each episode of What If will pose a new question
  • ‘What if Loki had Thor’s hammer?’ will be one such
  • The stories won’t be canon in the Marvel universe

Marvel Studios is reportedly working on an animated anthology series based on its What If series of comic books, which will air on its parent company's upcoming streaming service, Disney+, with Marvel stars possibly reprising their roles to lend their voice. Each episode of the What If series will look at how the Marvel Cinematic Universe might have ended up differently by posing a big question that would alter major events. For example: “What if the Hulk had the brain of Bruce Banner?”, which was one of the first-ever issues. That's not a premise for a real episode though. Yet.

Three people familiar with the matter have told /Film that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will oversee the What If animated anthology series for Disney+. One of the episodes will reportedly adapt What If? Vol.1 #47, which asked: “What if Loki had found the hammer of Thor?” The report adds that these stories “will not be canon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe”, in that they will not be an actual part of the ongoing storylines in the film sphere and would be “alternate possibilities from another dimension”.

That sets it apart from the multiple live-action limited series for Disney+ currently in the works at Marvel Studios, including a confirmed one with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), another with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and the Vision (Paul Bettany), and a third with the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

/Film also notes that the What If animated anthology series will reportedly be “based on what we have seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and not the comic canon”, and that they would be “entirely new” scenarios.


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Akhil Arora
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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