It’s rare that a trailer feels so touching and existential.
Disney+ dropped the official trailer for Marvel Studios’ animated series, “What If…?” on Thursday, and the two-minute clip is surprisingly emotional in multiple ways. Not only does it explore a “multiverse of unlimited possibilities,” but it features the late Chadwick Boseman voicing his final Marvel Cinematic Universe role.
The focus of the alternative world-themed series is the substitute possibilities for Marvel Universe characters and plot lines.
In the new original series, set to begin streaming on August 11, Boseman voices an alternate reality version of his “Black Panther” character Prince T’Challa of Wakanda. In “What If…?” Marvel’s Yondu character takes T’Challa and makes him Star-Lord, instead of the character Peter Quill, as the storyline previously went.
The trailer also features “Black Panther” character Killmonger saving “Iron Man” Tony Stark from being hit by a missile among other twists to established Marvel stories.
The sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is set to hit theaters on July 8, 2022, without the irreplaceable Boseman.