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When will Marvel’s ‘What If…?’ Season 2 release on Disney Plus?

And will it have more Jotun Loki??

Peggy Carter in Marvel's What If...?

Last fall’s Disney Plus Day was a treat for Marvel fans. In order to celebrate one year of Disney Plus, Disney released a sizzle reel of all its upcoming series and movies, including Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and lots of projects still in early development, like Ironheart and Loki Season 2. Animation fans were excited to see that What If…?, Marvel’s anthology series exploring the multiverse, was renewed for a second season. But when is that season coming out? Here’s what we know!

What If…? broke from the MCU’s established slate of movies and series by choosing to tell new stories about familiar heroes through animation. The nine episodes in Season 1 range from heart-stopping to completely wacky. In one episode, T’Challah becomes Star Lord instead of Peter Quill, and somehow convinces Thanos not to commit genocide. In another, Thor grows up as an only child and nearly destroys the earth by throwing a colossal days-long party. (People tend to hate on that episode, but seeing Darcy marry Howard the Duck is pretty priceless.) In the last few episodes of the season, the various storylines all come together when the Watcher, played by Jeffrey Wright, has to break his vow never to interfere in the multiverse he monitors. He assembles a team of heroes to defeat Ultron, who has obtained the Infinity Gauntlet and is wiping out entire realities in order to achieve his twisted vision of peace.

Making the series even more exciting was the return of many of Marvel’s A-list actors to voice their characters. Although Robert Downey Jr. and Natalie Portman didn’t return, fans were treated to the voice talent of Hayley Atwell, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, the late Chaswick Bosman in his final posthumous performance, and many more.

Not only that, but it looks like What If…? may directly tie into the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, making it essential viewing for anyone keeping up with Phase 4 of the MCU.

What We Know About Season 2

For awhile after Disney Plus Day, the exact timing of Season 2 was a mystery. A few months ago, Disney released a sizzle reel of some of the shows it’d be releasing in 2022, and What If…? Season 2 was notably absent.

But now there’s good news! The Direct recently reported on a Disney production brief announcing that What If…? Season 2 will, in fact, be dropping sometime in 2022.

“The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently the highest-grossing film franchise of all time. Feige is building on that success with a host of new series that streamed on Disney+ in 2021, including “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” “Loki,” “What If…?” and “Hawkeye.” Upcoming original series for 2022 include “Moon Knight,” Ms. Marvel,” “She-Hulk” and the second season of “What If…?.”

The Direct doesn’t link to the brief itself. Luckily, though, What If…? showrunner A.C. Bradley confirmed the news on Twitter.

Judging from this news, it looks like What If…? will almost certainly be released sometime before the end of this year, barring any unforeseen shakeups. But when this year can we expect it? Summer? Fall? When!?

The first thing to remember is that Marvel has been keeping the lid on its new releases pretty late in the game this year. Both Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel only got official release dates a few months before their premieres. That means that no news isn’t necessarily bad news. If this pattern continues, we’ll likely learn What If…?’s release date relatively shortly before the first episode comes out.

In terms of trying to pinpoint an exact date, remember that Season 1 streamed in August 2021. Don’t be surprised if Marvel and Disney decide to release the next season in late summer, too, so that there’s roughly a year between seasons.

In the meantime, we can speculate about what Season 2 will contain! Will any of the characters from Season 1 return? After all, we all want to see Captain Carter and Natasha being besties some more. Will we get to see animated versions of any of the characters who debuted in the Phase 4 movies and series? Animated Shang-Chi? Animated Sylvie? Animated Kamala? The possibilities are literally endless!

Season 1 of What If…? is streaming on Disney Plus.

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