What if…? Is officially MCU Canon

Marvel’s Next Show What If …? is officially made up of canon MCU stories, thanks to the newly created multiverse.

Speaking to IGN, What if …? Head writer AC Bradley has made it clear that despite its lively style and anthology premise, everything in the show is considered canon. “The events of What if …?

Kate Herron, director of Marvel’s Loki, previously confirmed that her show ushered in a Marvel Cinematic Multiverse. While we all knew people like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home would embrace this development, it remained unclear whether What if …? would be considered part of the MCU (or MCM, I guess) in the same way.

The original What if …? the comics saw Uatu the Watcher introduce alternate realities deviating from the established Marvel comic book timeline. It seems likely that the What if …? show – which has its own Uatu in the form of Jeffrey Wright – will use the same framing device.

That leaves open the tantalizing question of whether the animated characters of What If …? could never become live versions in future MCU projects. With Peggy Carter as the British Captain and Gamora in Thanos’ armor, there are potential fan favorites on the horizon, although Marvel is understandably not talking about anything so far in advance at the moment.

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There is, however, one MCU connection that Bradley was less outspoken about; so Wright’s Uatu is one of the observers we’ve already seen at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As we have learned, Bradley accidentally introduced part of the storyline of Guardians 3 while imagining What If …? storylines, and the writer clearly doesn’t want to step all over the toes of other MCU projects.

We also spoke to Bradley and director Bryan Andrews about Chadwick Boseman’s final performance as T’Challa, who becomes an alternate Star-Lord during What If …? This version of T’Challa is lighter, more fun, and more alluring than the Black Panther we know.

What if…? premieres August 11 exclusively on Disney Plus. It will see the return of several MCU actors, who will reprise their roles in animated form. This includes Hayley Atwell (Agent Peggy Carter), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and the late Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa.

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