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These Marvel stars chose not to reprise their roles in the MCU for Marvel’s ‘What If…?’

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What if…? No, it’s not a question to reevaluate your life. Rather, an animated series by Marvel Studios. The series premiered last week on Disney+. However, many well-known Marvel stars did not return to voice their respective characters. The series consists of nine episodes, released every week.


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Based on the Marvel Comic of the same name, What If…? explores alternatice universe

These Marvel Stars Chose Not To Reprise Their Roles In The MCU For Marvel's 'What If...?'
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Originally, What If…? comics came out in 1977. It consists of 13 volumes and many stand-alone issues. In the story, alternative timelines are explored. The comics change important and essential events to achieve this. Officially, the animated series version of What If…? was announced in 2019. Created by A.C Bradley and directed by Bryan Andrews, Jeffery Wright has done the narration who plays the character of The Watcher. In this week’s episode, the alternative reality of the first avenger was explored. The episode was titled, What If… Captain Carter was the First Avenger?

For What If…? series, the casting had many Marvel stars back for their roles and multiple new additions.

As we all know, Marvel stars who play the beloved superheroes are special for the fans. Therefore, the fans expect the same stars to come back for these characters. Similarly, almost all of the original cast members reprised their respective characters. Consequently, What If…? cast includes Hayley Atwell, Samuel L. Jackson. Jeremy Renner and Sebastian Stan. At the same time, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, and the majority of the stars will return.

However, many Marvel stars are missing from the action.

At least, seven Marvel stars are not returning in the animated series. It includes Chris Evans, Robert Downery Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Dave Bautista, Benicio del Toro, and Seth Green. While their exclusion might upset their fans, the director has an explanation. According to Bryan Andrews:

All of these people are extremely talented and they’ve got a lot of stuff going on. We figured we probably wouldn’t be able to get everybody – but we got a lot, and that was great. So yeah, it’d be awesome to have everybody, but you’ve got to deal with what you’ve got to deal with. And if someone’s too busy and they can’t make it, it’s a bummer.

Furthermore, he said:

We had a certain degree of freedom. Schedules are crazy, so it’s really hard to get everybody. Butthe ones we had come in to take over did a fantastic job.

Although this explanation is valid, it’s a possibility that they wanted a different cast from the start. When a fan asked Dave Bautista about his exclusion, he made it clear that no one asked him to return.

While there is no question that the original cast will be missed, it is interesting to bring in new actors. Just like the premises of What if…?, the fans get to see alternative cast in the show.

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