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What If… season 2 release date, cast, plot, trailer, and more news

The possibilities for Elseworlds fun are totally endless in this MCU animation, so we can't wait for the What If...? season 2 release date.

What If season 2 release date

We’re all very familiar with the idea of Marvel’s multiverse by now, but we got a gentle introduction to it with What If…? on Disney Plus in 2021. In animated form, under the all-knowing eye of The Watcher, we explored alternate realities and had a lot of fun doing it. The What If…? season 2 release date is now on the horizon, bringing more chaos to our screens.

MCU fans got to see heroes as we’d never seen them before in the first season, so we expect the Marvel series to scramble our brains all over again when it returns. And to be honest, following the Marvel movies in order has gotten pretty tiring during Marvel’s Phase 5 so we’re excited to enjoy some adventures that exist in their own space.

What If…? season 2 release date

What If…? season 2 will come to Disney Plus on Friday, December 22, 2023. Marvel is spoiling us with a Christmas treat, releasing a new episode every day like the ultimate MCU advent calendar.

The Watcher is due to return very soon indeed as part of the festive offering that’ll be new on Disney Plus this December. We’ve been waiting a long time, but we’ll get to see more What If…? before the new year.

Marvel originally planned to make What If…? an annual event, but season 2 took longer than planned due to the shuffling of the MCU calendar and the impact of the Hollywood strikes.

But, on November 15, 2023, Marvel announced the premiere date for the new season on Twitter and gave us a very snazzy and Christmassy poster as well.

Marvel announced the What If...? season 2 release date

What will happen in What If…? season 2?

We’ll get a blend of MCU remixes in What If…? season 2, including more from Elseworlds characters like Captain Carter and Strange Supreme.

There’s a high likelihood that some of the newer heroes and Marvel villains will take center stage this time around, too. “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,” A.C. Bradley, head writer on What If…?, told Entertainment Weekly.

There’s also a new hero in the mix: Kahhori. She’s a Mohawk woman who becomes a superhero in an alternate reality in which the Tesseract landed in America before the era of colonization. Given that there’s a glimpse of Thanos in the trailer, we think her story will mean a very different direction for the Infinity Stones.

What If...? season 2 release date - Kahhori

In November 2023, just ahead of the formal release announcement, we got a rumored list of the episode titles for the second season of What If…?, suggesting some tantalizing new stories featuring our favorite characters.

We’re particularly excited about the prospect of seeing Thor 3 baddie Hela gaining the power of the Ten Rings. That’s teased in the new trailer, along with most of these other rumored stories. So we expect official confirmation of at least most of these episode titles soon.

And, of course, it’s always great to see Captain Carter again. Although, hopefully, this one’s a different version than the one Wanda made short work of in Multiverse of Madness.

What If…? season 2 rumored episode list:

  • Season 2, Episode 1: What If… Nebula Joined the Nova Corps?
  • Season 2, Episode 2: What If… Peter Quill Attacked Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?
  • Season 2, Episode 3: What If… Happy Hogan Saved Christmas?
  • Season 2, Episode 4: What If… Iron Man Crashed into the Grandmaster?
  • Season 2, Episode 5: What If… Captain Carter Fought the Hydra Stomper?
  • Season 2, Episode 6: What If… The Avengers Assembled in 1602?
  • Season 2, Episode 7: What If… Hela Found the Ten Rings?
  • Season 2, Episode 8: What If… Kahhori Reshaped the World?
  • Season 2, Episode 9: What If… Strange Supreme Intervened?

What It...? season 2 release date: Captain Carter

What If…? season 2 cast speculation

Several actors, including Jeffrey Wright and Hayley Atwell, are reprising their roles from What If…? season 1. Chris Hemsworth and other MCU heroes are also back in season 2.

What If…? has proven that Marvel can wrangle some of its heavy hitters to provide a few lines. Some characters’ voice actors are unconfirmed, but below are the ones we spotted in the trailer and their existing talent.

Here’s the expected What If… season 2 cast list:

  • Jeffrey Wright as Uatu/The Watcher
  • Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter/Captain Carter
  • Josh Keaton as Steve Rogers/HYDRA Stomper Rogers
  • Lake Bell as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  • Cynthia McWilliams as Gamora
  • Mick Wingert as Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Michael Douglas as Hank Pym/Ant-Man
  • Cate Blanchett as Hela
  • Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster

What If...? season 2 release date? Black Panther and co in the animated series

Is there a What If…? season 2 trailer?

The full trailer for What If…? season 2 arrived on November 15, 2023, and there’s chaos in store for the MCU’s heroes and villains of the MCU.

If your eagle eyes are open, you’ll be able to spot dozens of your favorite MCU characters in the trailer, given subtle differences in the Elseworlds storytelling.

We even caught a glimpse of Thanos, suggesting that the stakes are enormous and universe-damaging, even in this alternate timeline. Even The Watcher seems worried about where all of this is going, so you’ll have to stay tuned.

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Where can I watch What If…? season 2?

It should come as a shock to no one that What If…? season 2 will be exclusively on Disney Plus over the holidays. 

This is the same case as its previous season and other Marvel series too, making Disney Plus one of the best streaming services for superhero fans. So you can delve into the rest of the MCU while you wait for What If…? to return, including the enormously entertaining recent spectacle of Loki season 2.

How many episodes will be in What If…? season 2?

What If…? season 2 has nine episodes running at 30 minutes each, as confirmed by executive producer Brad Winderbaum.

Season 1 of the show also had nine episodes, which strays from Marvel and Disney’s recent trend of six-episode long series like Secret Invasion. But we aren’t complaining; more is always better, right?

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