WHAT IF...? Season 2 Promo Art Reveals A VERY Different Nebula Variant And Newly Created Kahhori - SPOILERS

WHAT IF...? Season 2 Promo Art Reveals A VERY Different Nebula Variant And Newly Created Kahhori - SPOILERS WHAT IF...? Season 2 Promo Art Reveals A VERY Different Nebula Variant And Newly Created Kahhori - SPOILERS

New promo art for What If...? season 2 has found its way online and it puts the spotlight on both the newly created Kahhori and a Nebula Variant who once again looks vastly different from Earth-616's take!

By JoshWilding - Dec 10, 2023 06:12 AM EST
Filed Under: What If
Source: Toonado.com

The Watcher will make his long-awaited return (well, since we last saw him in I Am Groot) in season 2 of Marvel Studios' What If...? when the animated series begins streaming on Disney+ on December 22. And in the spirit of the holiday season, we'll get to unwrap a new episode nightly for nine nights.

Thanks to the Marvel Future Fight video game (via Toonado.com), we today have some new promo art which offers a closer look at a Nebula Variant that appears to combine Thanos' daughter with both the Nova Corps and Yondu. We've already seen a version of the character who was never turned into a monster by her father, and this promises to be yet another big change for the villain-turned-hero.

Based on what she's wearing, it's safe to assume this is the Nebula we'll meet in What If...? season 2's premiere, "What If... Nebula Joined the Nova Corps?"

As for Kahhori, it was in March when we learned that she's a newly created character for this series and the MCU. In "What If... Kahhori Reshaped the World?" the show will ask what would happen if the Tesseract fell to Earth and landed in the sovereign Haudenosaunee Confederacy before the colonization of America.

The Tesseract is set to take on a new life and a new mythology, transforming a lake into a gateway to the stars and leading Kahhori, a young Mohawk woman, on a quest to discover her power.

Written by Ryan Little), the episode was created in close collaboration with members of the Mohawk Nation like historian Doug George and Mohawk language expert Cecelia King to ensure cultural authenticity. The story will be told in the Mohawk language and is informed by the history of the Akwesasne region in what is now upstate New York.

"Season two of 'What If...?' continues the journey as The Watcher guides viewers through the vast multiverse, introducing brand new and familiar faces throughout the MCU," reads a brief synopsis which was released alongside a trailer last month. "The series questions, revisits and twists classic Marvel Cinematic moments with an incredible voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their iconic roles."

"Featuring fan-favorite characters this season like Nebula, Hela and Happy Hogan, episodes are directed by executive producer Bryan Andrews with executive producer AC Bradley as head writer."

Take a closer look at these two Variants in the X post below. 

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McMurdo - 12/10/2023, 6:16 AM
Nebula's first app in comics is heavily undervalued IMO
bkmeijer1 - 12/10/2023, 6:28 AM
Although I think the concept of Kahhori is pretty interesting, I don't see why it's a What If. Rather just see What If remix existing movies instead of introducing new concepts.
Apophis71 - 12/10/2023, 8:01 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Well the what if bit of it is what if the Tesseract fell into a Lake in America instead of ending up in Europe to be found by Red Skull as the branch point from the sacred timeline. It is also sort of a what if a HUGE part of all things Marvel never came to be as it is today, as in New York where the bulk of characters were based around under Stan Lee. The closer to the films what if can be cool and all that but tbh not sure I would want them ALL to be that, need some far more divergent to the main timeline.
bkmeijer1 - 12/10/2023, 8:48 AM
@Apophis71 - I get what the What If premise is in the episode, but I feel it may as well just happened in the mainstream MCU. Unless the episode sets up a completely status quo for the rest of the nation at the end, so I'll have to wait and see.

Some episodes moved away from the movies is fine, but now the majority of episodes is while many movies have cool divergent points to build off of.
Apophis71 - 12/10/2023, 8:57 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Do think some of the films would make for great more direct What if...? Episodes that I would love to see so do get if/when any feel the balance and mix is off with them. Of all the more diverant ones however this one interests me more than most but have a keen interest in Native American culture so plays into that for me, obviously won't for all. Just as I am NOT a fan of Zombies at all so wasn't into that one in the last series but get why others would be excited for that sort of thing and hope it and the zombie series coming up worked well for them.
bkmeijer1 - 12/10/2023, 10:20 AM
@Apophis71 - same here. This one definitely has my interest, just as the 1604 one. Although they could also just pass that off as another universe, and not necessarily a What If one.
MartianManHuntr - 12/10/2023, 6:39 AM
I read a what if story where Ultron takes over world and only Hank Pym remains who is being converted into a cyborg, memory wiped and then intentionally let loose so Ultron would hunt him again.

That story stuck with me till date.
Vigor - 12/10/2023, 11:40 AM
@MartianManHuntr - dark af
bobevanz - 12/10/2023, 7:21 AM
This show seems so safe and contained when compared to the comic counterpart
ClintThaHamster - 12/10/2023, 7:35 AM
Man, Future Fight's still going, huh? I was mad hooked on that game for a few years.
Matchesz - 12/10/2023, 7:55 AM
Watered down crap
Origame - 12/10/2023, 8:41 AM
Still don't get why the kahhori story is a what if. Nothing about that necessitates being set out of continuity since it's already an unexplored time in the mcu. You can just explain that early vikings brought the tesseract to early America when all this happened, then took it back so it can be in the church for the red skull to find it.
Slotherin - 12/10/2023, 10:32 AM
@Origame - we don't know how the story plays out. But I do get the complaint about her being something new just to be sidelined to What If
ImBatman4realz - 12/10/2023, 10:15 AM
The new character makes zero sense to me. Are they going to bring her into “the Sacred Timeline” in the future? Weird.
Slotherin - 12/10/2023, 10:33 AM
@ImBatman4realz - makes enough sense from a story standpoint but making a new character for representation seemingly and then having her relegated to What If is a weird move for sure if that's what you're referring to.
TheVandalore - 12/10/2023, 3:37 PM
@ImBatman4realz - I'm pretty sure it's just a Cable situation or a Miles Morales deal, where the characters origin is that they are from a variant timeline but is now in the “main" timeline due to the events of the show.
MarvelZombie616 - 12/10/2023, 11:38 AM
While a mohawk character in the mcu could be cool, it doesn't fit into the What If?! series.
When i hear Marvel and mohawk, i think of Storm (Ororo Munroe) rocking the hairdress.
Vigor - 12/10/2023, 11:43 AM
Can I just say that native Americans need much more representation and exposure in all forms of media. Injust found out that 90 percent of their population (90 PERCENT) were wiped out in 100 years around the 1400 to 1500s Era due to a myriad cocktail of terrible diseases they weren't previously exposed to.

First European explorers of America cited seeing plentiful villages along the amazon River. 100 years later the villages were abandoned or desolate.

So sad. Just imagine how many other civilizations were destroyed in the past 50k years of human history like that. And without written accounts of their civilizations, their memory is lost forever to time
StSteven - 12/10/2023, 3:29 PM
@Vigor - Agreed all around. And to your first point, I will say that regardless of whether you think that Kahhori's story fits into a "What If...?" story or should be something else entirely (and I read valid arguments on both sides) I do really appreciate Marvel's effort at trying to be as authentic as possible, even going down to having the entire episode in the Mohawk language (which I don't recall having ever heard before so I'm definitely looking forward to that).

I think that if you're going to go out of your way to be inclusive and representative (which is perfectly fine and I welcome as a way to have exposure to other cultures that I might not otherwise as I simply don't have the time to go sit in a library or tour a museum) you should really try to get as close to the source as possible. Kinda like when they made the original "Black Panther" movie, the set designers, costume designers, etc. tried to make everything about Wakanda as realistic as possible (even though it's a fictional country) by looking at where in Africa it's supposed to be and then examining everything about the 5 (I believe) countries that would surround it and drawing upon their cultures, language, dress, etc. when designing Wakanda's. Which is probably why it came off as feeling so real to me, even the futuristic tech aspects because even though they were future tech they were still based on Africa culture like those "magic beads" that they wore.
CaptainCheese - 12/10/2023, 12:02 PM
Why not use muntant Thunderbird instead. Oh right. He's Dude.
Vigor - 12/10/2023, 6:42 PM
@CaptainCheese - so... why not use the other native america superhero

You hear how you sound?
SonOfAGif - 12/10/2023, 2:43 PM
"What if Miss Minutes met Ultron"
"What if Hulk landed on Xandar"
"What if Malekith darkened the universe"
"What if Project Insight wasn't stopped"
NinnesMBC - 12/10/2023, 11:53 PM
I'll bet we might get to see one day that version of Nebula played by Karen Gillain in the Secret Wars film.

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