The fight to recruit Marvel actors for “What if …?” “
What if…? is Marvel’s next show to premiere on Disney +, and fans are excited to see what it’s all about. The day after the Loki season 1 finale, there has been a lot of talk about the Marvel Multiverse, and What if…? will explore it thoroughly. Check out the trailer below:
The series will show us what life is like in other universes. What if T’Challa becomes Star-Lord, rather than Peter Quill? What if Peggy Carter becomes Captain America instead of Steve Rogers? What if…? will watch all of this and more.
According to executive producer Brad Winderbaum, all of this is canon and will be important to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Considering how out of place the premise is, who knows where the MCU will be by the time the show ends?
What are the stars of Marvel in What if…?
Co-creator Bryan Andrews answered that same question, speaking to Uproxx, comparing the casting process to “breeding cats.” Of course, the team wanted to bring in as many Marvel actors as possible to reprise their roles, but that was easier said than done. “All of these people are extremely talented and they have a lot to do,” said Andrews. “We thought we probably wouldn’t be able to have everyone – but we got a lot, and that was great.”
So yeah it would be great to have everyone but you have to face what you have to do. And if someone is too busy and can’t come, that’s a disappointment.
Fortunately, the series do succeed in securing some excellent Marvel talent, including the late Chadwick Boseman, who will once again voice T’Challa, who in this reality is Star-Lord. Other MCU veterans who cross paths include Josh Brolin, Karen Gillan, Chris Hemsworth, Michael Douglas, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael B. Jordan, Natalie Portman and more.
What Marvel stars are not in What if…?
But no all Marvel stars have even been invited to join What if…? including guardians of the galaxy star Dave Bautista, aka Drax the Destroyer. On Twitter, Bautista said he was never even asked:
Marvel didn’t react to Baustista’s comment, but it raises a few eyebrows. Was Bautista a cat who escaped from the herd? More curious and more curious.
There are many other stars that are not part of the What if…? actors, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Olsen and Gwyneth Paltrow. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s drama there. It could be scheduling conflicts or some other trivial reason.
But the strength be a drama. For example, Downey Jr. apparently stopped following his fellow Marvel costars on Instagram recently. and changed his Iron Man profile picture. Is there a drama going on or does it mean nothing? I’m not sure if we’ll find out soon, or never, but it’s worth noting given the large strip of missing stars. What if…?
Either way, for anyone who’s worried about how this will affect the next anthology series, Andrews says there’s no reason to worry. “We pivot and bring in someone who can come together and play with the spirit of this character. Not necessarily to make an impression, but at least try to embody that and then make it a little bit of your own, but hopefully not disturb the audience too much.
And if that’s not enough to calm our anxious hearts, we have the voice of by Westworld Jeffrey Wright tells the story as Uatu the Watcher. So it’s not all bad news, and early reviews have already praised the series!
What if…? premieres on Disney + on August 11, 2021.
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