“And if… ?” Marvel’s cliffhangers may not be resolved by writer AC Bradley
Those Who Watched Marvel What if…? on Disney + be aware that each episode has a scene at the end that teases potential follow-up stories. These sequences – which conjure up the vibe of mid-credit scenes from the MCU movies – might just be fun treats for Marvel fans, or they might lead to something more. In a recent interview, the chef What if…? writer AC Bradley has hinted whether or not these scenes will have ramifications for the MCU down the road.
** SPOILER WARNING! Spoilers for the first three episodes of What if…? below.**
The first three episodes of What if…? ended with surprising scenes that open up many multiverse of possibilities. In the Captain Carter episode, an overpowered Peggy finds herself thrown 70 years into the future where she meets Nick Fury. In the episode of T’Challa Ravager, we end with Peter Quill working at Dairy Queen and meeting his father, Ego. And in the third installment of the series, Fury and Captain Marvel seek to retrieve Captain America’s shield.
All these configurations pose a slew of new “What if …?” ” moments. That those moments pay off, however, is something Bradley touched on in an interview with Discussing Film.
“The twists and turns at the end of many, not all, episodes came from a place where you love Marvel tags – the Marvel credit scenes,” Bradley said. “So the idea was that we solve the entire episode, like we solve the T’Challa Wakanda Ravagers from it all. Then we sort of give out what our mid-credit scene would be. is that, if we do back-to-back episodes, if we see the heroes later, we’ll answer some of the questions raised in these twists. But they’re not meant to be rock-solid promises of future episodes, that was just sort of “what’s a fun twist at the end of this?” what if comics were known to have very surprising endings. So we wanted to pay tribute to that.
The answer, it seems, is who knows? Maybe if there is a season 2 of What if…? we will have a father-son story where Ego decides to work at Dairy Queen in order to get to know his son better. Or maybe not. The possibilities are endless, which is part of the fun. And who knows – Bradley was vague enough in his response that we could see some of those cliffhangers come into play later this season. We’ll have to keep watching to find out.
New Marvel Episodes What if…? drop off on Disney + every Wednesday.