- Marvel’s What If…? considered crossing over with Star Wars, but the idea was ultimately rejected by Kevin Feige.
- What If…? has gained popularity for its departure from MCU continuity, allowing audiences to enjoy the show without prior knowledge.
- A teaser for What If…? season 3 has been released, hinting at new storylines and featuring a road trip with Red Guardian and the Winter Soldier.
Marvel’s What If…? has allowed the MCU to play around with some of its characters and narratives in a way the live-action arm of the universe cannot. However, it appears that this could have also included a cross-over with another huge franchise from under the Disney banner – Star Wars.
Last month, What If…? delivered its second season on Disney+, releasing daily episodes across the Christmas holidays to great acclaim. As the highest rated Marvel project of the year, it is hard to see how the series could be improved on, but there were some really wild ideas that didn’t make it into the show. This included an episode that brought the Star Wars franchise into the Marvel Universe. As director Bryan Andrews explained, the crossover was pitched to Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who ultimately rejected the idea. Andrews told Moovy TV:
“So I think it’s absolutely doable. I just don’t know if [Feige] wants to cross those streams, but it’s really funny. Once you get to the realization of why, you go: ‘Oh, that… oh, right!’ It totally makes sense. It won’t rain on anyone’s parade. But it was just a love letter to old-school Star Wars. And it was great. And I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to do it. But we have thought about that stuff.”
What If…? Has Already Teased Season 3
The Marvel Universe is often criticized for being too intricately linked and forcing newcomers to trawl through more than 100 hours of previously released movies and shows to learn important information that is essential to understanding the story. What If…? takes away the need for audiences to revise the franchise before watching, as the show throws away the rulebook when it comes to MCU continuity.
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This could be one of the reasons the series has been so well received, but whatever the reason behind its popularity, fans have already been given a taste of what to expect from season 3. A teaser was released on Marvel’s website ahead of the season 2 finale, and subsequently shared online. This teaser shows a clip of what is assumed to be the opening episode of the new season, and features Red Guardian and the Winter Soldier on an unexpected road trip. You can check out the clip below.
Marvel Studios did not have a great 2023, but they will be looking to make more from less in 2024. Deadpool 3 will be the only cinematic release of the year, while on Disney+ What If…? season 3 will be joined by Agatha: Darkhold Diaries, Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, X-Men ‘97 and the imminent full-series drop of Echo. This means that half of Marvel Studios’ 2024 content is animated, and its only movie is R-rated, something that in previous years would have been extremely out of character for the strictly PG-13 franchise. However, the future of the MCU is currently being scrutinized and reassessed after the disappointment of 2023’s efforts, and big changes are clearly on the horizon to get the franchise back on track.