What Stories Will What If…? Season 3 Include?
Only one episode has been officially revealed for What If…? Season 3 so far, with a clip confirming a tale featuring Black Widow’s Red Guardian and the Winter Soldier on a mission in the U.S. at some point in the past.
As MCU fans will know, both super soldiers were working for the Russians during this time, which will likely prompt some form of Cold War-era espionage mission where they are being hunted by Lawrence Fishburne’s Bill Foster.
Both the first two seasons of What If…? included a Captain Carter episode adapting a Captain America movie – The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier. As such, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a third in Season 3 that would present a unique take on Civil War in this more feminist Marvel world.
Captain Carter’s Season 2 sequel left off with Peggy and Black Widow on the hunt for Steve Rogers’ Hydra Stomper, just as Captain America was for Bucky Barnes after The Winter Soldier. Peggy will no doubt be ready to revisit this mission after her Multiversal detour in the season’s final two episodes.
“What If… Captain Carter Fought the Hydra Stomper” confirmed Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Wasp, and Thor to be the Avengers who fended off Loki’s invasion of New York, any of which could play into this new Civil War.
Marvel Studios Head of Streaming, Television, and Animation Brad Winderbaum previously teased how Jeffrey Wright’s Watcher will evolve into Season 3, noting how it will go “deeper” into his character and fans will “get to know his humanity a lot more” this time around:
“The fact that we have ‘What If…?’ going into a third season, it means that we can go a little bit deeper with these characters, especially the Watcher. It’s a Multiverse story, they’re standalone stories, but there is a serialized aspect to it because there’s this narrator who…he loves the subjects of these stories, he’s the ultimate fanboy. He’s watching, like we all watch, and he loves these characters like we do. So we can dig in a little deeper into what makes him tick in the second season, and then into the third season, we kind of get to know his humanity a lot more.”
As What If…? dives more closely into its narrator and his “humanity,” one has to wonder if that will lead to the Watcher becoming more involved and interfering in Multiversal scenarios, just as he once did in Season 1.
Director Bryan Andrew has also promised the animated anthology show will “just go even wackier” in Season 3 and will include some “crazy stuff.” This ought to address one major fan complaint with some past episodes of What If…? playing it a little too safe with certain stories.
Part of the change in storytelling in What If…? Season 3 will come due to the exit of head writer A.C. Bradley, who will be replaced on the show after Season 2.
Just as was the case in both the first two seasons, Season 3 ought to culminate in another crossover of some Variants featured across the nine episodes to take on a larger threat endangering the whole Multiverse.