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‘What If…?’ Season 2 Has a Trailer and Release Date! 

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

What If…?, Marvel’s anthology series exploring the multiverse, was renewed for a second season back in 2021. After a series of shake-ups and delays, the series finally has a release date and a trailer!

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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’Challa becomes Star Lord, 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 party.

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 Chadwick Boseman in his final posthumous performance, and many more.

Now, What If…? season 2 promises even more mayhem and fun.

What If…? season 2 trailer and plot

With Thanksgiving right around the corner in the U.S., Marvel has released the first trailer for What If…? season 2 … and it’s Christmas-themed.

What If…? is known for its fast-paced and creative plots, and it looks like season 2 will continue in that same vein. We see a lot of chaos, including a skirmish at a country fair, a battle in the transdimensional realm of Ta Lo, and some major happenings in the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

We also see some new and returning What If…? characters, like T’Chaka, Hank Pym, Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier, Happy Hogan, Sinister Strange, and more.

As for the plot, we know that each episode will be relatively self-contained, although the trailer hints that there will be an overarching storyline similar to season 1.

First off, we know that Hela, the Goddess of Death from Thor: Ragnarok, will be appearing in season 2, voiced by Cate Blanchett. Hela will reportedly appear in an episode in which Asgard goes to war with Ta Lo, the mystical realm from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. In an image of a Funko Soda toy, we see Hela dressed in what looks like Ta Lo-inspired armor.

We also know that What If…? season 2 will be introducing a new character, Kahhori. Kahhori is a Kanienʼkehá:ka (Mohawk) woman who finds the tesseract before the colonization of America. Kahhori’s segment in the trailer is incredibly exciting.

The rumored episode titles, which you can read about here, also provide a few clues—but they haven’t been confirmed yet, so take them with a grain of salt.

Cast: Who’s in What If…? season 2?

Marvel hasn’t released an official cast list yet, but in a recent press release, the studio promised that season 2 will feature “a host of stars who reprise their iconic roles.” So far, we know that Michael Douglas will voice Hank Pym, and Cate Blanchett will reprise her role as Hela. In the trailer, we also hear the voices of Jeffrey Wright as the Watcher, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.

So when is What If…? season 2 coming out?

We now have an official release date for What If…? season 2: December 22, 2023.

According to Marvel, Disney+ will release one episode a day until every episode is out. That means What If…? season 2 will stream from December 22 to December 30.

The delay may be disappointing, but while you wait, season 1 of What If…? is streaming on Disney+. Just in case you feel like watching Thor trash Las Vegas again.

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Julia Glassman
Julia Glassman (she/her) holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has been covering feminism and media since 2007. As a staff writer for The Mary Sue, Julia covers Marvel movies, folk horror, sci fi and fantasy, film and TV, comics, and all things witchy. Under the pen name Asa West, she's the author of the popular zine 'Five Principles of Green Witchcraft' (Gods & Radicals Press). You can check out more of her writing at <a href=""></a>

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