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What If...? Season 2 - What We Know So Far

Phase 4 has been a series of experiments for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There have been the usual movies to build out the film side of things with the likes of "Black Widow" and "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings." But more intriguingly, Marvel Studios has begun to build out lesser-known characters on Disney+ with an array of exciting new programs, such as "WandaVision," "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," and "Loki." The studio has even teased grand things to come in terms of the multiverse with "What If...?" making waves on the platform. 

The first season debuted in August 2021, with each episode detailing a new universe where something is ever so slightly different from what we know of our favorite superheroes. This includes Peggy Carter taking the super-soldier serum and Doctor Strange going deranged from grief. It was a ton of fun to see these alternate takes on heroes who have permeated the zeitgeist, and it appears the MCU isn't done with these stories just yet. Marvel has announced Season 2 is in the works, and here's everything we know about the next chapter of "What If...?" so far.

What's the release date for What If...? Season 2?

Presently, there are no indicators to suggest when we might take another trip with the Watcher into the multiverse. Going off the first season, which aired later in the summer of 2021, it would make the most sense for Season 2 to come out roughly one year after that. For the time being, it would be prudent to assume that "What If...?" Season 2 will air at some point around August or September 2022. 

Fans should be able to rest easy knowing a new season will likely come out sooner rather than later. In an interview with Collider, executive producer Brad Winderbaum assured viewers, "We were fortunate enough to get the green light on a second season early enough to have a chance to release it next year." It sounds like the team's already hard at work ensuring Season 2 is as good as possible, so a summer 2022 release date seems more than a certainty.

Who will be in the cast for What If...? Season 2?

One of the most impressive aspects of "What If...?" Season 1 was how the show managed to get a fair number of the original cast members from the movies to reprise their parts for the show. This includes Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and so many others. 

However, there are plenty of new voices getting in on the fun as well. Most notably, Jeffrey Wright, best known for his previous work in "The Hunger Games" movies and "Westworld," lends his talents to the Watcher, who oversees everything in the multiverse and guides the audience through each new excursion. And for the original Marvel actors who didn't return, some immensely talented actors have taken their place, such as Lake Bell offering her voiceover talents to Black Widow. It'd be expected for all these actors to return to reprise their characters for Season 2, but don't be surprised if a few new voices enter the mix, too. 

What's the plot of What If...? Season 2?

As an anthology series, each episode of "What If..." takes place in a different universe where something about the MCU is different. It could be a small change or a massive one with galaxy-ending consequences. Audiences were surprised when the show broke out of its anthology format toward the end of Season 1 as the Watcher breaks his rule never to intervene. To stop an Infinity Gauntlet-wielding Ultron, the Watcher brings together the heroes we've seen before to control the android.

It's unclear if Season 2 will follow a similar route by initially having separate stories only for them to lead to one grand finale. However, one episode idea we should see come to fruition involves the backstory of the Gamora we saw in the "What If...?" Season 1 finale (via Polygon). That story was originally supposed to be part of Season 1, but it got pushed back due to COVID-related delays. It'll come to light soon enough, so keep your eyes peeled for an official release date on the horizon.