Ever since Marvel Studios announced their first animated series, What If…?, it’s status as canon has been a heavy topic of debate among fans. Now, thanks to the series’ head writer A.C. Bradley, we can say with confidence that the show is a firm part of the MCU’s lore. In a recent interview with IGN, Bradley cemented the revelation with a decisive quote:
The events of What If…? are canon. It’s part of the MCU multiverse. The multiverse is here. It is real, and it is absolutely fantastic, people.
The idea that What If…? would explore alternate universes, especially in an animated format, had previously led many to believe it wouldn’t have an effect on the larger MCU. It seemed possible the project would be closer in impact to Lucasfilm’s The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, which played with canon material but was ultimately not canon itself. Luckily for Marvel fans, the events of Kate Herron’s Loki opened up the multiverse and will allow for What If…?’s episodes to exist within a grand, branched timeline.
The trailer for the animated series hinted at many of the series’ teased protagonists coming together at some point, which might be something fans should look at when pondering how the show could effect the future of the franchise. It’s possible that characters like Hayley Atwell’s Captain Carter, Chadwick Boseman’s Star-Lord, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange Supreme have a bigger role to play in Marvel’s tapestry than we initially believed. We’ll find out for sure when What If…? begins airing on August 11th.