For Marvel’s What If…?, several characters from Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe return in new incarnations. Here’s a list of all of them.

For Marvel’s What If…?, several iconic characters from Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe return. Marvel’s What If…? claims to be the first comprehensive look into the Marvel Comics universe and all the alternative worlds that exist beyond the Quantum Realm, in addition to being the first animated series developed as part of the MCU. Given the unfolding plot of Phase 4 of the MCU and the hint that the Multiverse would play a big part in numerous forthcoming films, this has many fans thrilled.

What If…? debuted in 1977 and was a groundbreaking comic at the time. While Marvel and DC Comics had always published “imaginary stories” set outside of regular continuity, and DC Comics had an extensive multiverse populated by various versions of their most popular heroes, What If…? was the first monthly comic dedicated to examining how various classic stories might have played out if one small change or one decision had been made differently. The majority of these tales were told by the all-seeing Uatu the Watcher, a cosmic entity pledged to keep an eye on all that had occurred or would happen, but never to meddle with earthly matters.

Marvel’s What If…? will be presented in the same anthology style, with Jeffrey Wright reprising his role as Uatu the Watcher from Westworld. The cast of the series is outstanding, with most of the actors repeating their roles from the original MCU movie. Here’s a rundown of every Phase 1 MCU character who’ll be back for Marvel’s Everything If…? and what we know about their new responsibilities.

1. Tony Stark

Tony Stark was well-known before he became the unstoppable Iron Man, but his life would have followed a different path if it hadn’t been for a well-timed terrorist assault and a stroke of terrible luck. One episode of Marvel’s What If…? will be focused on Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger stopping the attack that caused Tony Stark to have shrapnel in his heart, according to the teaser. A zombie version of Tony Stark will appear in another episode, probably based on the Marvel Zombies universe.

2.Pepper Potts

Tony Stark’s thorny executive assistant went on to marry him and become a hero in her own right, complete with her own set of power armour. Pepper Potts will appear in at least one episode of Marvel’s What If…?, but not as Gwyneth Paltrow’s character.

3.Harold “Happy” Hogan

Harold “Happy” Hogan, a former boxer who Tony Stark recruited as his personal bodyguard and chauffeur, rose through the ranks at Stark Industries to become Head of Security and an unusual mentor to Peter Parker. Jon Favreau will reprise his role as the grumpy yet endearing figure.

4.Christine Everhart

Christine Everhart was a Vanity Fair reporter who originally appeared in Iron Man, when she had a one-night affair with Tony Stark and then went on to question his business methods. She reprised her role as an anchor for WHiH World News in the MCU online series WHiH World Newsfront before going on to a new role as an anchor for WHiH World News in Iron Man 2. Leslie Bibb will reprise her role as her.

5.James Rhodes

James “Rhodey” Rhodes, a Colonel in the United States Air Force and Tony Stark’s best friend since college, fought many metaphorical wars alongside Tony before piloting his Combat Machine armour into actual war zones. Don Cheadle is set to reprise his role in Marvel’s What If…?

6.Nick Fury

Nick Fury has worn a variety of headwear during his career, as well as his signature eye patch. Soldier. Spy. Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., among other things. In Marvel’s What If…?, it’s uncertain where the multiverse will lead him. However, Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as him.

7.Bruce Banner

Dr. Bruce Banner was permanently altered by the accident that released his inner anger in the shape of the Incredible Hulk, but his storey has been the topic of numerous What If…? comics in which he was affected in different ways or other people were transformed by the gamma bomb instead of him. Mark Ruffalo, who has played Dr. Banner in all of his incarnations since the first Avengers film, will return to Marvel’s What If…? to play at least one Hulk variation.

8.Peggy Carter

Peggy Carter, who first appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger before going on to her own short-lived solo series Agent Carter, has always had a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe than just Captain America’s long-lost love. The first teaser for Marvel’s What If…? reinforced this point, showing that in at least one alternate reality, Peggy Carter instead of Steve Rogers absorbed the Super Soldier Serum and used it to form a powerful barrier against the Axis Powers’ forces. Hayley Atwell has stated that she will reprise her role as Captain Carter’s voice.

9.Steve Rogers

While Chris Evans will not feature in any episodes of Marvel’s What If…?, Steve Rogers will appear in at least one. Another episode will feature a zombie Captain America, presumably situated in the Marvel Zombies universe.

10.Dum Dum Dugan

It’s simple to understand why “Dum Dum” Dugan chose his moniker over his given name, Timothy Alloysius Cadwaller Dugan. “Dum Dum” Dugan was one of the original Howling Commandos commanded by Captain America during World War II, and following Steve Rogers’ apparent death, he went on to head the team and assisted Peggy Carter and Howard Stark with many SSR operations. Neal McDonough will reprise his role as Dugan.

11.James “Bucky” Barnes

James “Bucky” Barnes, Steve Rogers’ best friend since boyhood, was kidnapped by HYDRA troops and brainwashed into becoming the Winter Soldier, unknown to his Howling Commandos friends. It’s unclear how Barnes’ life would be altered in Marvel’s What If…?, but Sebastian Stan will reprise his role as Barnes.

12.Howard Stark

Howard Stark, the father of Tony Stark and the inventor of Captain America’s Vibranium shield, laid the path for the MCU’s first widely acknowledged superheroes. Dominic Cooper reprises his role as him.


Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Odin’s son and Asgard’s champion. It’s unknown what role Mjolnir’s wielder will play in Marvel’s What If…?, but it’s fair to assume he won’t be playing Throg, given Loki previously joked about it.


The God of Mischief, as burdened as ever with magnificent intent, will appear in at least one episode of Marvel’s What If…? and will be voiced by Tom Hiddleston. One episode of Marvel’s What If…? is expected to be dedicated to devo.


Jaimie Alexander will play Lady Sif of Asgard in Marvel’s What If…?, after her appearance in Loki. It’s unclear how this Sif will vary from the one familiar to MCU fans, although it might be related to her strange absence in Thor: Ragnarok.
Natalie Portman’s return to the part of Jane Foster for Marvel’s What If…? was

16.Jane Foster

Natalie Portman’s return to the part of Jane Foster for Marvel’s What If…? was one of the more surprise casting announcements ahead of her involvement in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. Some have theorised that the film’s Jane Foster may be a variation Jane from another universe, and Marvel’s What If… could easily build up such a scenario.

17.Clint Barton

Clint Barton, one of the original Avengers and a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent alongside Natasha Romanoff, provided a distinct perspective as a sharp-eyed and hard-of-hearing character. In advance of his upcoming Hawkeye series, Jeremy Renner reprises his role as the archery-themed Avenger.

18.Maria Hill

Maria Hill, the former Deputy Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury’s right-hand woman, was there to keep the lights on throughout different crises. In Marvel’s What If…?, Cobie Smulders will reprise her role as the super spy.

19.Natasha Romanoff

Natasha Romanoff defected to S.H.I.E.L.D. to make up for the red in her ledger after being indoctrinated into the Red Room as a kid and groomed to be a lethal assassin. Although Scarlett Johansson will not reprise her role as Black Widow, at least one version of the character will appear in Marvel’s What If…?

20.Phil Coulson

With his untimely death, Phil Coulson, one of SHIELD’s finest operatives, spurred the establishment of the Avengers. While there is still question about whether his subsequent stint as director of SHIELD in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series is canon, the newly established multiverse indicates that the events of that series took place somewhere, if not in the main MCU’s current timeline. In any case, Clark Gregg will return to Marvel’s What If…? to voice at least one version of the Son of Coul.

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