Following on from the weird and wonderful WandaVision, the hard-hitting The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the time-bending Loki shows, Marvel’s latest small-screen effort, What If…?, takes things down a new path altogether.
What If…? is an animated anthology series that explores alternate MCU timelines and poses questions about what might happen if the events we know transpired differently.
Each instalment tells its own unique story but just how many episodes will there be in What If…? in total, when is the finale and will there be a second season?
What If…? release date and plot
Marvel’s What If…? arrived on Disney+ on August 11th, 2021 and is the fourth MCU TV series to arrive this year.
However, the animated anthology series is a little different from the likes of Loki and WandaVision as each episode tells the story of an event in an alternate Marvel timeline.
Guided through the series by the mysterious Watcher, What If…? asks a myriad of questions, including what would happen if Peggy Carter became a super soldier instead of Steve Rogers and what would it look like if T’Challa was abducted by Yondu and became Star-Lord instead of Peter Quill.
How many episodes in What If…?
- Season 1 of Marvel’s What If…? will consist of nine episodes in total.
Like all of Marvel’s Disney+ shows, one new episode of What If…? will be arriving each week following the premiere on August 11th.
Each episode of What If…? is expected to be around 30 minutes in length, which is a little shorter than the three previous Marvel series we’ve had so far.
With nine episodes in season 1, What If…? is expected to continue on Disney+ until the finale arrives on October 6th.
As of August 25th, only three episodes have aired, meaning we’re just one-third of the way through.
Will What If…? return for season 2?
- Yes, it has been confirmed that What If…? will be back for season 2.
Speaking with Collider earlier in August, What If…? and Marvel producer Brad Winderbaum discussed plans for the show and its second season which is expected to release in 2022.
Winderbaum revealed that season 1 was originally supposed to feature 10 episodes but one was cut and pushed back to season 2 – which will also consist of nine episodes – thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
More recently, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed to Screen Rant that What If…? season 2 will explore some of the films in Phase 4 of the MCU.
What If…? is available to stream now on Disney+ after premiering on August 11th, 2021.