What If…? season 2 release date speculation, cast, story, and more

The What If...? season 2 release date will bring more strange MCU tales narrated by The Watcher - here's everything we know about the Disney Plus series

What If...? season 2 release date: Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa in Marvel's What If

What is the What If…? season 2 release date? Under The Watcher‘s all-seeing eye, we’ve had nine episodes exploring the multiverse of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney Plus. We’ve gotten Captain Carter, evil Doctor Strange, the last recorded work by the late Chadwick Boseman, and plenty more besides. It gave us a new look at the franchise in Phase 4, offering ideas we’d never see otherwise.

Now that the first season of the animated series is over and done with, complete with our new Avengers assembling to fight yet another cosmic threat, we can set our sights on what’s next. Is What If…? going to return? And if so, what kind of misadventures can we expect to run into in the sci-fi series? Is Howard the Duck coming back? So many burning questions!

The only watching we tend to do is on our laptops and television screens, but that’s plenty when it comes to learning about what’s coming next from Marvel Studios. The What If…? season 2 release date is on the way, and we have everything worth knowing for you right here, so you don’t need to bend time and space to see what’s coming.

What If…? season 2 release date speculation

What If…? season 2 will debut in early 2023. Even though we’re already pretty close to that point in time, there still isn’t a more specific date. A second season of What If…? was confirmed as the first was coming out, and it has recently been confirmed to premiere on Disney Plus in 2022 by head writer A.C. Bradley.

It bodes well that the second batch of episodes were being formulated while the first season was still being made, with one idea actually being pushed back to sit in the other crop, which means development is obviously well underway.

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“As you know with animation, it takes a long time to produce. We were fortunate enough to get the green light on a second season early enough to have a chance to release it next year,” Mark Winderbaum, producer at Marvel Studios, told Collider. “We’ll see what happens. Obviously, I don’t want to predict the future with this new world we live in, but our intention is to make it an annual release.”

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Right now, an actual release date is yet to be confirmed. With Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk filling out the summer months for Marvel, we can probably expect What If…? to take up a release slot in the back-end of 2022.

What If...? season 2 release date: The Watcher

WHAT IF…? SEASON 2 plot speculation

Given the anthology format, What If…? season 2 could go just about anywhere. Expect a blend of MCU remixes, like Captain Carter, and adaptations of popular Elseworlds stories, similar to what was done with Marvel Zombies.

There’s a high likelihood of some of the newer heroes and villains from across the franchise taking centre-stage this time around, too.

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“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.

“Hopefully, we’ll see hints of Eternals and Shang-Chi and the Black Widow characters. The fun of What If…? is that we get to explore the entire infinite multiverse, so we try and bounce around as much as we can.”

We now know, courtesy of the Marvel animation panel at San Diego Comic-Con a few of the stories that will be told in season 2. Apparently,  we’ll see a story featuring Hela,  Captain Carter meeting the Winter Soldier, and Odin battling The Mandarin.

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What If…? season 2 cast speculation

Given Bradley’s comments about using Shang-Chi, Eternals, and other Phase 4 characters, it’s safe to assume we can expect at least some of the live-action cast to provide the voices.

Simu Liu, Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie, Florence Pugh, there’s a lot of top Hollywood talent across these films, and so far, What If…? has proven that Marvel can wrangle some of its heavy-hitters to provide a few lines.

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Who exactly will reprise their on-screen roles remains to be seen, however, but rest assured that we’re watching the known cosmos and beyond for more when it becomes known.

For more marvellous adventures, check out our guides to Marvel’s Zombies, and Black Panther 2.