Since Disney launched their streaming service, Disney+, we’ve had a huge influx of Marvel content. One of the best things to come from the “Disney+ Era” is definitely the animated television series, What If…?. Meant to tackle any “what if” scenario in the Marvel Universe, the show has lead us through some of our most intense curiosities. Season 1 and season 2 had some fantastic premises, from “What if… the World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?” to “What if…Hela Found the Ten Rings?” With season 2 having just wrapped up at the end of 2023, fans are itching for more. Luckily, we have the season 3 episode titles to theorize over! Continue reading to see what wacky ideas we might have ahead of us…
Will There Be a Season 3 of What If…?
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 30, 2023
According to this X post from Marvel Entertainment themselves, Season 3 of What If…? is coming! So don’t fret, sometime this year we’ll be able to see even the craziest What If…? storylines played out right in front of our eyes! This X post was published on December 30th, 2023, the same day that the finale of season 2 premiered. So, if we’re going off of when the last season premiered, maybe we can expect season 3 around December 2024? Hopefully, Marvel’s interpretation of the word “soon” means it’ll come a littleeee sooner.
Which Marvel Characters Will Be in What If…? Season 3
So, according to The Internet (more accurately, this post from X user Avengers_Updates) we have the alleged What If…? season 3 episode titles! Some fantastic episodes seem to be ahead with some amazing and creative ideas. Looks like Marvel will dive into one of their most interesting What If…? ideas straight away with the episode “What If…The Other Half Blipped?”, while also courageously taking a stab at a musical episode, “What If…Wanda Watched Musicals Instead of Sitcoms.” Take a look at the rumored episode titles below and let’s see what we can hypothesize!
What If…? S03E01
What if…The other half blipped?
Alright… starting off strong! According to this alleged episode title, the canonical “blip”, which took fan-favorite characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Bucky Barnes, Doctor Strange, and more, off the map in a shocking moment filled with tears and dust, will be flipped! Instead of the above characters disappearing, it sounds like characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Valkyrie, and Captain Marvel will be the one’s saying goodbye.
How does the world turn out if it’s now being run by Doctor Strange and Black Panther? How many other characters will we see actually survived the “blip”? This is a big idea that fans have wanted for a while, and we’re super stoked to see how it turns out. The entire world could look immensely different!
What If…? S03E02
What if…Maria Rambeau was Captain Marvel?
If you remember from the 2019 Marvel film, Captain Marvel, Maria Rambeau is Carol Danver’s best friend and flight partner. The two are super close, so much so that when Carol returns after her 6 year disappearance, Maria jumps right in to help with the cause. After the events of that movie, Maria Rambeau continued on to become the founder and director of the intelligence agency S.W.O.R.D., or Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division. In an episode of WandaVision, we learn that Maria sadly passed away from cancer, while her daughter was still “blipped.”
To extrapolate from the title, instead of Carol Danvers receiving the blast of energy from the reactor, it would be Maria. From there, we might see how Maria reacts to being taken in by the Kree, if she would become a member of the Kree’s team of soldiers called the Starforce. Would Maria become an Avenger down the line? How would her philosophies differ from Carol’s? Would she still be friends with Carol? How will her daughter Monica react? Tons of questions about this episode and really, we don’t know much, and anything could happen!
Monica Rambeau aka Photon
Monica Rambeau, the daughter of Monica, must be affected by this What If…? change. Will her mom no longer get cancer? Will Monica now have a good relationship with Carol, and a bad one with her mom? Will she still become Photon if she was never “blipped”? Tons of questions to ask about Monica, especially since she’s active in the MCU right now, having just had a huge role in the 2023 MCU film The Marvels. We can’t wait to see what actually plays out!
H3: Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers is who we know and love currently as Captain Marvel – but what would her life be like if she never received the blast? Would she still just be the spunky pilot that she was before? Will her friendship with Monica continue? Will she still be a loving Cat Mom? The opportunities are endless!
What If…? S03E03
What if…Wanda Watched Musicals Instead of Sitcoms?
Now this is an episode we can get behind! If you watched WandaVision then you know what Wanda did and why she did it. Spoilers ahead! In the aftermath of the events of Avengers: Endgame, Wanda is overwhelmed with grief, having just endured the violent end of her partner/lover Vision. Instead of working through that grief in a healthy way, Wanda quite literally traps a town in a stylized version of some of her favorite sitcoms. Having grown up watching a ton of TV, Wanda aims to capture the old-fashioned family happiness present in sitcoms from the 1950s to present day. A world where problems don’t exist for longer than an episode – that’s what Wanda yearns for. She brings back her lover Vision (or at least a copy of him) to participate in these delusions, and havoc ensues.
Now imagine if it wasn’t sitcoms but it was musicals! This seems like the perfect way to create a musical episode of What If…?. Musical episodes have gained popularity within the decade or so, appearing in shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Riverdale. Who doesn’t want to see our favorite MCU characters participating in a musical extravaganza?
Although it was said above, it’s worth repeating. Wanda was not doing so good when WandaVision began. Vision was dead, and the world that she had known had changed drastically after the events of Avengers: End Game. Wanda was definitely not in a good place. If we keep with that idea of Wanda in this new What If…? episode, then she’s most definitely depressed. And what would a depressed person do with tons of musicals as inspiration? There’s a WORLD of opportunity here! How about a Hairspray moment? Maybe Into the Woods? As long as it’s not Les Mis I think she’ll be okay. Whatever it is that happens, we’re ready to sing-along!
What If…? S03E04
What if…Pietro survived Ultron?
Pietro, the twin brother of Wanda Maximoff, sadly died during the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Pietro was Wanda’s biggest supporter really, a bond that only twins could truly understand. Losing Pietro was one of the hardest things that Wanda had to go through. If Pietro had survived Ultron, Pietro and Wanda probably would’ve remained a duo. Would Wanda ever fall for Vision if she was still paired with Pietro? Would Pietro be interested in joining the Avengers?
Pietro aka Quicksilver
Pietro’s career as the superhero Quicksilver could’ve gone long and far if he had survived the Ultron attack. Pietro’s speed would’ve been a huge asset to the team, saving even more people from falling buildings or taking out some of the Big Bad’s minions (whoever that could be.) I myself would’ve loved to still see Aaron Taylor Johnson as the hot sarcastic speedster in Avengers 4!
What If…? S03E05
What if…Okoye took the heart-shaped herb?
Okoye is the leader of the Dora Milaje, a group of female fighters who act as protectors of Wakanda and as bodyguards to the Black Panther. Okoye plays a huge role in Black Panther and its sequel. So to start, it’s going to be incredibly important when Okoye takes the heart-shaped herb. Will this happen before T’Challa ever takes it? Will she take it instead of Shuri? Once Okoye takes over the role of Black Panther, who will take over as the leader of the Dora Milaje? What will Shuri be up to? Will Ramonda, the Queen of Wakanda, still be alive? So many questions just from this one itty piece of information!
One thing is for certain: we’ll get to see the already powerful Okoye take on the mantle of the Black Panther. We’re excited!
What If…? S03E06
What if…Tiamut destroyed the Earth?
The celestial Tiamut was bent on destroying the Earth in an event called the Emergence. But, also during the Marvel movie Eternals, Tiamut was locked in stone, the celestial plan to destroy the Earth now paused. The latest piece of information we got about Tiamut since the 2021 movie, actually came in the form of an easter-egg in the TV series She-Hulk.
While our girl Jen was scanning the internet for new job opportunities, a clickbait-y article title shows up in the corner of her laptop screen – “Why is there a giant statue of a man sticking out of the ocean?” Although small, this little title is fantastic to see. It feels great to finally get in-universe confirmation that the world DID in fact notice this giant celestial being.
If Tiamut hadn’t been turned into stone and instead had destroyed the earth and the human beings on it…well. I’m not sure there’s anything any of us could do. The Eternals might be the only characters whose lives would be drastically changed. Ikaris and Sprite would probably go on the way that Arashim would want.
I can’t really say what might happen to the rest of the Eternals. Maybe they would continue being a team – monitoring the next group of beings that’s put under their watch. I look forward to seeing what sad What If…? storyline could happen after the Earth is destroyed.
What If…? S03E07
What if…Khonshu chose Peter Parker?
Khonshu is the Egyptian god of the moon and the night sky, having appeared in the Disney+ show, Moon Knight. In the series, Khonshu chose Stephen Grant as his next avatar, to be the next Moon Knight. If Grant hadn’t been chosen and instead it was Peter Parker… This is definitely an idea that could lead us many places! Is Peter Spider-Man and Moon Knight? Is he way more knowledgeable now that he has both being’s powers? Will Peter be able to handle student life AND the immense pressure that Khonshu would place upon him?
Lots of questions for this one! Spider-Man’s tone is way different from Moon Knight’s, who’s episodes in the series felt meant for a more mature audience. One of Moon Knight’s selling points is how violent and dark it is. To throw Peter Parker into that tone and that story would be very different from what we know! We’re excited to see what comes of it.
Peter Parker aka Spider-Man
Like we said above, Peter Parker is Spider-Man, a student who was bitten by a radio active spider. The Peter we know in the MCU has been around since Captain America: Civil War. Since, Peter has grown into a very respected member of the super-hero community. However (spoilers ahead), in Spider-Man: No Way Home a spell is enacted that makes the entire world forget that Peter Parker ever existed. Will this episode take place after this event? Who knows, but at the very least, we’re excited to see Peter Parker again!
What If…? S03E08
What if…Natasha Romanoff survived Vormir?
Natasha Romanoff AKA The Black Widow! What might happen if she survived Vormir? First of all, she would’ve been around for the battle in Avengers: Endgame. It was definitely a travesty that she wasn’t there in the first place…but alas! Maybe now is our chance to see how she could’ve been useful. Past that, Natasha would’ve been a great role model for some of our other female Young Avengers, like Hawkeye, who could’ve used a mentor like her! Hopefully we’d see some fantastic new spy missions, Natasha’s relationship with the rest of the Avengers (especially Cap), and how she could’ve helped with some other big MCU events. Maybe she could even team up with some new heroes like She-Hulk or Ms. Marvel!
Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow
Natasha Romanoff has been a part of the MCU for a loooong time. Introduced in the 2012 movie Iron Man 2, Natasha was an integral part of the team, a spy that had switched sides and joined up with S.H.I.E.L.D. before we met her. Natasha teamed up with Steve Rogers in Captain America: Winter Soldier and helped to take down HYDRA, which had infiltrated their beloved operation. If it wasn’t for Natasha, who was willing to risk her life to save the Earth and bring back everyone who had been “blipped”, then who knows if the Avengers would’ve succeeded in their mission. To have her back would be a breath of fresh air. Who wouldn’t want one of the best characters to make a return? We hope this rumored title is true!