Disney + is launching What If…?, A new production from Marvel Studios this Wednesday, which plunges us into the world of the multiverse and its alternate realities. We saw the pilot and told you what we thought of it.
What is it about ?
A compelling animated series that, by changing key events from the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, opens up a myriad of possibilities. “What If…? Features iconic MCU characters including Peggy Carter, T’Challa, Doctor Strange, Killmonger and Thor.
Episodes seen on Disney +: 1/9
Who is it with?
In the only episode we were able to see, several MCU actors resume their respective roles: Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) or Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye)… This On the other hand, it is not Chris Evans who lends his voice to the young Steve Rogers but a certain Josh Keaton. Jeffrey Wright is the latest addition to the Marvel stable where he will play the character of the Watcher, a cosmic entity who observes what happens in the universe and alternate realities.
Well worth a look ?
In the first episode uploaded to Disney +, Marvel’s What If …? takes on one of the most beloved Avengers in comics: Captain America. Exit Steve Rogers, this time it is Peggy Carter who enters Stark’s machine and becomes a super-soldier.
Once this premise is acquired, the series only sweeps the 2 hours of First Avenger in 30 minutes. Interesting to see for die-hard fans of the film, who will find winks and easter eggs there. But this first episode is far from the expected revolution.
The storyline sweeps away notions of empowerment and feminism far too quickly even if Captain Carter does not lack style and she has nothing to envy to Captain America. Despite this, she gets the limelight stolen by a Steve who plays an unexpected sidekick role.
On the animation side, What If navigates between 2D and 3D. If Marvel could do better on that side, this artistic choice gives the series a real touch. Some motion comic scenes give the series a real flavor.
More generally, the choice of animation (against live action) offers the writers real freedom in storytelling and combat: Captain Carter sends the Nazis waltzing in rather successful action scenes, reminiscent of comics.
To be completely transparent and for the pleasure of seeing our favorite Avengers on screen again, we would have liked What If to be live action (but we can imagine the cost!). Disney played the game anyway, using the original cast to dub their character (with the exception of Chris Evans, who doesn’t dub Steve Rogers in this episode).
In the end, this episode devoted to Peggy Carter is an interesting first appetizer but we clearly expect better from the next releases. We are told in the atrium that the second will center on T’Challa aka Black Panther, who in an alternate reality takes the place of Star-Lord alongside the Ravagers. An original promise that already makes our mouths water, especially since it is the late Chadwick Boseman who lends him his voice …