Remember those cool What If comics from the '70s that imagined Spider-Man joining the Fantastic Four? Or Loki getting ahold of Thor's hammer? A new report indicates that Marvel is planning to turn the iconic line into a TV series for Disney+ streaming.
The new series will be animated, as it might be hard to pull off Marvel's What If on a live-action scale. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will be overseeing the series, but it won't be considered MCU canon.
The new animated series will follow the original What If comics pretty closely, offering new stories that explore possible scenarios within the Marvel Cinematic Universe that we could never possibly see play out on the big screen. The episodes will explain how fate would have played out had key moments in superhero history never happened.
While the show won't be live action, the idea right now is to have some of the actors from the MCU come in and voice their iconic superhero characters from the past 10 years. This would open alternate universe possibilities, which is kind of what we saw happen on the big screen with Sony's Oscar winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
What If will serve as an animated anthology series. And each episode will feature new heroes and a different premise to explore. It is not known if these stories will be pulled directly from the 1970s comics, or if there will be new stories reimagined around what has already happened in the MCU.
What If first hit comic stands in 1977 and has returned over the years, producing almost 200 issues throughout its 9 volume run. The comics served to tell impossible stories that would have never worked within the pages of their own titles, like, 'What If the X-Men all died on their first mission?' Some were purely created as fan service, like the time Venom took on The Punisher's powers. Here is a synopsis of the comic.
"What if Captain America hadn't vanished during World War II? What if Spider-Man didn't become a crimefighter? What if Thanos joined the Avengers? What if Captain America was found in 1983? What if Professor X had become Juggernaut? What if Wolverine had killed the Hulk? What if The Hulk always has Bruce Banner's brain? What if the Avengers defeated everybody? What if Flash Thompson, Betty Brant, and John Jameson had been bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Spider-Man? What if Phoenix had not died? What if the Fantastic Four hadn't gotten their powers? What if Captain America was elected President? What if J. Jonah Jameson adopted Spider-Man? What if Cable had destroyed The X-Men? What if the world knew Daredevil is blind? What if Namor grew up on land with his human father? What if Daredevil became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.? What if Elektra had lived? What if Spider-Man Had Rescued Gwen Stacey? What if Aunt May had been killed instead of Uncle Ben? What if Jessica Jones had joined The Avengers? What if the Avengers had become pawns of Korvac?
That should give you an idea about where this is all heading. Disney and Marvel also have some live-action shows in the works. Scarlet Witch and Vision will get their own show, as will Winter Solder and Falcon. A Rocket and Groot series has also been discussed. Kevin Feige had this to say about the upcoming MCU shows being produced exclusively for Disney+ Streaming.
"So it's pretty exciting to be 10 plus years into the MCU and have an entirely new outlet to tell stories with new characters, with existing characters. And the way we like to do nineties action movie, political thrillers, heist movies, you hear us talk about this all the time, and now we get to do play with a medium even more in a multi-episode arc, which we're excited about."
This news comes from /film. They suspect that more information about the What If series will be release during the Investors Meeting taking place on April 11, 2019. Or a bigger reveal could come during San Diego Comic-Con, which goes from July 18 to July 21 this year.