Parallel universes and alternate realities have been a mainstay of comic books for a long time, but now it’s going to be central to the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Narrated by Uatu the Watcher, a cosmic entity who watches over Earth, What If…? shows possible realities, where a small event changes everything. What if Peggy Carter became a super-soldier instead of Steve Rogers? What if T’Challa had joined the Ravagers in space and became leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy instead of Peter Quill? What if Peter Parker became Sorcerer Supreme? Those are all new alternate universes in the MCU, where everything now seems to be possible.
As What If…? is an animated series, the writers were allowed to imagine anything, with no regards to financial or technical limits. The visual style of the animation is also unique thanks to the cell-shading technique that makes the series look like an animated comic book, appropriately enough.
The writing also deserves praise: each episode is a mini MCU movie, distilled in a 30 minutes long episode. With such a short runtime, each episode is packed to the brim with action, emotion and laughs!