What If season 2 is coming in 2023 and will feature Hela, Odin, and 17th Century Marvel shenanigans

What If...?
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The release window and first story info for What If...? season 2 have been announced at SDCC 2022.

What If...?'s second season will arrive in 2023. The first wave of announced stories include Tony Stark on Sakaar with Valkyrie, Odin bringing the thunder, Hela making another appearance, and an adaptation of Marvel 1602, the celebrated 17th Century spin on Marvel's superheroes from the mind of Neil Gaiman.

What If…? released on Disney Plus back in 2021, consisting of nine episodes – a 10th episode was planned, but due to the pandemic, was pushed to season 2 instead. Each episode explores a different scenario that branches off from the main MCU canon. While it might have seemed fairly self-contained at first, Captain Carter's appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness means What If is essential viewing as the MCU delves deeper into the multiverse. 

This isn't the only animated project Marvel has on the release slate. There's also Marvel Zombies, Spider-Man: Freshman Year, and X-Men '97, a revival of the beloved '90s cartoon, in the works, too. 

You can get up to speed on the MCU with our guide to Marvel Phase 4, and if you want to catch up on the films and shows so far, see how to watch the Marvel movies in order through the link – and the good news is, most are available to stream on Disney Plus now. 

You can also keep up to date on Comic-Con with our complete SDCC 2022 schedule and our guide to Marvel at SDCC this year. 

Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English. 

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