Summary

  • Marvel Studios’ What If…? season 2 will explore new alternate realities in the MCU’s Multiverse Saga.
  • The new season will introduce new versions of iconic MCU heroes and an MCU original hero empowered by the Tesseract.
  • What If…? season 2 will release one episode every day for nine straight days over the Holiday period, making it a true holiday project for Marvel Studios.


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Marvel Studios will expand on the Multiverse Saga even further with the release of What If…? season 2, set to explore new alternate realities in the MCU. After Loki season 1 introduced the concept of the multiverse in the MCU’s Phase 4, Marvel Studios Animation developed What If…? as a means of exploring alternate timelines, where major choices in the MCU’s continuity were taken in a different direction. What If…? season 1 debuted variant characters such as super soldier Captain Carter, an evil version of Doctor Strange, T’Challa’s Star-Lord and an Infinity Stone-powered Ultron, but What If…? season 2 is set to introduce new versions of some iconic MCU heroes.

As well as marking the return of Jeffrey Wright as the voice of the enigmatic Watcher, What If…? season 2’s cast of characters brings back variants of Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Wanda Maximoff’s Scarlet Witch, Hela, Gamora and Hank Pym’s Ant-Man. The upcoming season will also debut an original MCU hero, Kahhori, who becomes empowered by the Tesseract after it crashes on Earth in pre-colonial America. What If…? season 2 will significantly expand on the stories of the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, but will also make huge waves with an innovative new release schedule for Marvel Studios, and could have a massive impact on the overarching narrative of the live-action MCU.

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What If…? Season 2 Contains 9 Episodes

What If…? season 2 is set to be the final MCU project of 2023, premiering on Disney+ on December 22. While previous episodes of MCU shows have released weekly, and Phase 5’s upcoming Echo will release its five episodes simultaneously in January 2024, What If…? season 2 will release an episode every day for nine straight days. During a Q&A panel promoting What If…? season 2 (via The Direct), executive producer Bryan Andrews noted that “it’s like every day you get a brand-new gift.” This makes What If…? season 2 a true Holiday project for Marvel Studios, a role filled in 2022 by The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

What If…? Season 2 Release Schedule Explained

The Watcher and Captain Carter looking at Christmassy Yggdrasil in What If...? season 2 trailer

What If…? season 2 will be premiering on Disney+ on December 22, 2023, and running for nine days over the Holiday period, with the finale airing on December 30. All nine episode titles for What If…? season 2 were confirmed by Marvel Studios on December 15, 2023, and the series will kick off with “What If… Nebula Joined the Nova Corps?” Screen Rant confirmed with Disney that What If…? season 2 episodes will release at 3am ET/12am PT on the days they air. What If…? season 2 will also continue storylines introduced in season 1, particularly with the episode, “What If… Captain Carter Fought the Hydra Stomper?”

Episode Number

Episode Title

Release Date

Season 2, Episode 1

What If… Nebula Joined the Nova Corps?

December 22, 2023

Season 2, Episode 2

What If… Peter Quill Attacked Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?

December 23, 2023

Season 2, Episode 3

What If… Happy Hogan Saved Christmas?

December 24, 2023

Season 2, Episode 4

What If… Iron Man Crashed Into the Grandmaster?

December 25, 2023

Season 2, Episode 5

What If… Captain Carter Fought the Hydra Stomper?

December 26, 2023

Season 2, Episode 6

What If… Kahhori Reshaped the World?

December 27, 2023

Season 2, Episode 7

What If… Hela Found the Ten Rings?

December 28, 2023

Season 2, Episode 8

What If… the Avengers Assembled in 1602?

December 29, 2023

Season 2, Episode 9

What If… Strange Supreme Intervened?

December 30, 2023

What If…? season 2 premieres on December 22, 2023, on Disney+.

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