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The What If...? Mid-Season Teaser Will Get Fans Hyped

The Marvel Cinematic Universe shows on Disney+ are invariably delightful, but even the Emmy-winning success of "WandaVision" and the reality-bending adventures of "Loki" couldn't have prepared fans for the sheer lawless wildness that is Marvel Studios' "What If...?" The animated show's first five episodes have been a wild rollercoaster ride of alternate-universe adventures, ranging from the adventures of the amazing Captain Carter (voiced by Hayley Atwell) and T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becoming Star-Lord to a massive zombie apocalypse scenario. So far, the only real connective tissue between these stories has been the Watcher (Jeffrey Wright), an all-seeing impartial alien observer who keeps an eye on the Multiverse and acts as a narrator and host of sorts. 

As awesome as all of this is, it looks like things are going to get even wilder going forward. The new mid-season sneak peek for Marvel Studios' "What If...?" just dropped, and it's more than enough to make fans excited for the season's remaining episodes.

The mid-season sneak peek hints that the storylines might be more connected than you think

While the first five episodes of "What If...?" have focused on very specific, yet markedly different alternate universe scenarios, it appears that the show's future intends to twist the multiverse into an even stranger pretzel — perhaps even by combining the elements of the previous shows. The sneak peek teases the return of characters like the corrupted "Strange Supreme" version of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Yondu (Michael Rooker), the Star-Lord version of T'Challa, and Captain Carter, as well as pretty much every major MCU player in some shape, form or way. Near the end, the clip even makes sure to specifically name-check a whole bunch of heroes, before Howard the Duck (Seth Green) uses the remaining seconds on a duck-themed pun. 

The whole clip is basically a minute and a half of pure awesomeness that's full of cool moments, and the various multiversal heroes almost seem to be teaming up to fight a bigger threat — possibly an incarnation of Ultron (voiced by James Spader in "Avengers: Age of Ultron"). Select lines in the sneak peek certainly seem to support the team-up theory. "Why stop at one hero when we can show you all of them?" Yondu asks early on. Later, the Watcher himself kicks things up a notch: "Heroes are forged in the darkness, defined by sacrifice," he says. "There's still hope for the Multiverse." As if that wasn't enough, he later adds: "Witness the biggest heroes of the Multiverse." 

We think we will, Watcher. We think we will.