Marvel Studios is trying something all-new and all-different with the second season of their first canonical animated adventure, What If…?, by switching up their long-standing release strategy. Starting December 22nd, fans will be able to tune into one multiversal adventure per day for nine days and, as seen in the first trailer for the project, will be meeting an interesting variant Avengers team.
The trailer comes out swinging by introducing fans to an alternate universe where a very powered-up Peter Quill in what, based on Quill’s age, is either set in the late 1980s or early 1990s. The young Quill Variant, who based on the use of his powers, seems to have spent some time with his father, Ego, draws the attention of S.H.I.E.LD., run by Peggy Carter and Howard Stark, who send a very interesting team of Avengers to deal with the boy.
As revealed over several scenes from the trailer, Quill is met by Bucky Barnes, Mar-Vell, Hank Pym/Ant-Man, Bill Foster/Goliath, King T’Chaka/Black Panther and Thor. The team is quite time-appropriate given what we know about the Sacred Timeline, though the inclusion of T’Chaka and Mar-Vell is very interesting given the relative anonymity of their alter egos in the 616 multiverse. Avengers Assemble!