What If? is an important part of the MCU says executive producer Brad Winderbaum. Winderbaum was talking at a recent virtual press event for the upcoming animated show this weekend. Fans could have perhaps been forgiven for thinking that What If? did not really matter to the MCU as a whole. After all, these are just as per the title, what if stories, right?
However, Winderbaum says this is not the case and What If? is an important part of the MCU.
“It’s no coincidence that the show picks up right after Loki…The multiverse has erupted in every possible direction,” Winderbaum said during a virtual press event attended by ComicBook, adding Marvel Studios’ first animated series “gives us a chance to explore that.”
“I think that without going into great detail, I can tell you that What If…? — as a project, as a story that exists in the MCU — is as important as any other and is woven into that tapestry,” the executive producer said.
Initially I hadn’t considered this animated show a true part of the MCU given it’s nature. When announced I just thought it was a cool way to tell a different story from that being told in the MCU. The What If? Comics never really had any lasting effect on the comics Universe that I can recall, not in my day anyway. However, between the announcement, and first details, and where are now has been Loki. And as Winderbuam says above, it seems no coincidence that What If? comes after Loki.
In Loki the Multiverse was ultimately allowed to begin again. Without the presence of He Who Remains to prune the various different streams, what if stories are coming to life across the timeline in a million different ways. This allows us now the chance to think of these alt-Universe stories as being more connected to the MCU than we did before. What will be interesting is that there is to be a What If? Season 2, so who knows where some of these stories could go? I guess we will begin to find out on August 11th.
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