Marvel's What If...? Funko Pops Are Available to Pre-Order Now

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Marvel Studios revealed that its first-ever animated series “What If?” will be released on Aug. 11, with new episodes dropping on Disney Plus every Wednesday. VarietyMarvel’s ‘What If?’ Series Coming to Disney Plus in August, Drops New Trailer

Yesterday, Marvel Studios unveiled the trailer and release date for the upcoming animated series What If...? on Disney+. One of the big draws of the show is that MCU stars will provide the voices for the animated versions of their characters - with a major twist. The show explores the multiverse, so your favorite characters are going to take on new roles - like T-Challa as Star-Lord and Peggy Carter as super solider Captain Carter. This, of course, will make for some very interesting Funko Pops.

The first wave of What If...? Funko Pops debuted as part of Marvel's Must Haves program, but pre-orders did not launch alongside the announcement. As expected, Funko didn't wait long to get them up and running.

The common What If...? Funko Pop wave includes Captain Carter, T'Challa as Star-Lord, A super-sized Iron Steve Rogers, Gamora, and Doctor Strange. Variants of T'Challa Star-Lord, Captain Carter, and Doctor Strange are earmarked as exclusives as is Thor, King Killmonger. Pre-orders are live now via the links below. Note that Loki Funko Pops based on Episode 5 also launched today.

Westworld star Jeffrey Wright serves as the narrator for What If...?, voicing the all-seeing Watcher. The rest of the cast is filled with current and former MCU stars voicing their live-action characters in this animated format. Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, Hayley Atwell, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Natalie Portman, Michael Douglas, Michael B. Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Michael Rooker, Tom Hiddleston, and the late Chadwick Boseman will all be reprising their roles for the series, along with several other MCU stars.

Marvel's What If...? is set to premiere on Disney+ August 11th.

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What If…? trailer: Killmonger as Black Panther, T’Challa as Star-Lord, and other key takeaways

The Indian Express 09 July, 2021 - 04:11pm

What if major moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe occurred differently? How different this universe would be? These alternate scenarios open all kinds of possibilities and as many comic-book fans know, it is endlessly fun to speculate and debate about the tantalising ‘what ifs’ and cook up our own stories for our favourite characters.

Marvel Studios’ anthology animated series What If…? crystallises a few of those scenarios. A trailer was unveiled on Thursday. Inspired from the alternate scenario storylines of the same name in Marvel Comics, it has Jeffrey Wright voicing The Watcher and narrating the series. The Watchers are a race of extraterrestrials (and one of the oldest) whose purpose is to watch over the multiverses. They appeared briefly in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

Here are five major takeaways and the things you may have missed from the trailer:

Erik Killmonger saves Tony Stark in an alternate version of the ambush in the beginning of 2008’s Iron Man and is not actually captured by the Ten Rings. Killmonger is the king of Wakanda and Black Panther in the What If…? version of history, although it does not look like he has become that when he rescues Tony.

Chadwick Boseman’s death last year sent a wave of shock across the world. What If…? will be the last time one can witness his performance, even if just his voice. T’Challa is not Black Panther and king of Wakanda in this imagined reality, he became a ravager and later Star-Lord, not Peter Quill. We will have to see how far the series takes this obviously interesting premise. An earlier teaser for the series had shown a young T’Challa being abducted by Yondu and the ravagers.

Peggy Carter was injected with the Super Soldier serum in What If…? and not Steve Rogers, and became a superhero. Interestingly Peggy calls herself Captain Carter, and not Captain Britain, even though her chest and shield bear the Union Jack symbol. This might be an indication that we are going to see a Captain Britain in the main MCU continuity in near future.

The trailer shows the zombie versions of Iron Man and Captain America, a nod to the 2005-2006 storyline from comics written by Robert Kirkman (best known for The Walking Dead) and drawn by Sean Phillips. An alternate version of Marvel’s main continuity, it had superheroes being infected with a virus that turned them into flesh-eating monsters. The interesting thing is, they retain their intelligence and memories. For instance, they still know how to use their powers, which makes them far more dangerous than run-of-the-mill zombies. It appears What If…? is allowing MCU fans to visit that universe.

Scarlet Witch appears for a shot in the trailer. Is she Wanda Maximoff? What is her significance? We do not know yet. But we expect her story in the series as well as Doctor Strange’s to tie in with Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

What If…? releases on August 11, 2021 on Disney+.

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'Loki' Fan Theory Says the TVA Is Run by an Old MCU Character, Not Loki or Kang

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 09 July, 2021 - 01:42pm

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No one seems to know who’s running the Time Variance Authority. With just one episode left of Loki, fans are trying to figure out their identity. Multiple theories are floating around. Some think a King Loki variant is running the agency. Others think the Loki finale will reveal Kang the Conqueror as the one in charge, introducing a new villain into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But one bold fan theory thinks something else entirely. This theory suggests the person running the TVA could be a character fans already know, but haven’t seen since before Avengers: Infinity War. And they have a direct connection to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

A fan on TikTok created a theory that seems out of left field. But when considering the evidence, it actually holds up… a lot. The user believes Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Karl Mordo from Doctor Strange is running the TVA. Like we said, out of left field!

To this day, the Benedict Cumberbatch film is Ejiofor’s only appearance in the MCU. He was last seen in Doctor Strange‘s post-credits scene. That scene, combined with his final words to Doctor Stephen Strange in the movie, set up a solid argument that Mordo will be revealed as the creator of the TVA in Loki.

At the end of Doctor Strange, Mordo tells Strange (who was seriously messing with time), “You think there will be no consequences, Strange? No price to pay? The bill comes due. Always. I will follow this path no longer.”

Does that “always” line sound familiar? The TikTok user pointed out its similarity to the TVA’s motto: “For all time. Always.

The similarities don’t end there. In the Doctor Strange end-credits scene, Mordo finds Benjamin Bratt’s Jonathan Pangborn, whose body was healed through sorcery.

“I’ve been away for many months now, and I’ve had a revelation,” Mordo says. “The true purpose of a sorcerer is to twist things out of their proper shape. Stealing power, perverting nature, like you. Power has a purpose.”

Mordo then takes that magic away, paralyzing Pangborn’s body once again. When Pangborn asks why, Mordo replies, “Because I see, at long last, what’s wrong with the world. Too many sorcerers.”

The scene showcases Mordo’s desire to restore what he sees as the natural order and fix what he thinks others messed up. To do this, he reverses these perceived abuses of power. This is easily comparable to the TVA pruning a variant for straying off the Time-Keepers’ Sacred Timeline.

They eliminate the variant and then reset the timeline to reverse the damage. Given Mordo’s knowledge of the multiverse and how to harness its magic, it’s easy to imagine him using a spell to create an all-knowing, all-powerful agency that protects the flow of time.

Mordo renounced his career saying Earth has “too many sorcerers,” setting him on a path to become a supervillain in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Mordo is confirmed to be in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which Loki will lead directly into. And in a fourth TikTok video, the user pointed out even more clues from Doctor Strange that support their theory.

During the training montage, Mordo introduces the staff of the Living Tribunal — a staff imbued with the orange magic fans have learned to associate with sorcerers’ magic. The Living Tribunal is an entity in the Marvel comics that protects the multiverse. The TikTok user cited a Marvel fan page for a description about it.

“It may act to prevent one universe from amassing more power than any of the others, or from upsetting the cosmic balance in some way,” it reads, adding, the Tribunal “manifests itself as a being with three faces, which represent the three sides of the Tribunal’s personality.”

Three Tribunal faces, three android Time-Keepers. The fake entities in the TVA could be representative of the Living Tribunal set up by Mordo. What’s more, in Doctor Strange, magical relics — such as Strange’s cape — choose sorcerers. The staff chose Mordo. The TVA’s pruning weapons closely resemble the staff itself, both in size and color. And the pruning wands come complete with what looks like orange magic inside. Exactly how the TVA prunes variants with these wands has not been explained.

This theory makes a strong case that Mordo created the TVA in order to maintain the “natural order,” aka the Sacred Timeline, used spells to populate the agency, incorporated tools inspired by the staff of the Living Tribunal, and start correcting branch timelines created by variants and Nexus events. And just in case this theory doesn’t have you convinced yet, Loki writer and producer Michael Waldron also wrote Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so… make of that what you will.

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