‘What If…?’ Director Reveals Marvel’s Rule Against Using The X-Men

A multiversal limit!

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What If…? is a Disney Plus series with near-endless possibilities. However, it seems Marvel draws that endless line at using the X-Men, according to series director Bryan Andrews.

Fans praised What If…? season 2 for being one of the most inventive things to come out of Marvel on Disney Plus, truly reinventing key parts of the MCU seemingly without limits. Yet it seems there was one big limit imposed on the series according to director Bryan Andrews, as the show was unable to use any X-Men due to their lack of a live-action presence.

“They were pretty much off the table,” Andrews tells ComicBook.com. “They’re like, ‘We got to do it first in live action and then you get to do it.’ And we’re like, ‘Ah, man!’ We would’ve loved to have played with all kinds of toys. But there’s limitations.”

This backs up reports that the team for What If…? season 2 also couldn’t use Sam Wilson’s Captain America due to his show having been delayed during production. While it’s a shame fans won’t be seeing the X-Men in the series anytime soon, fans should get their animated mutant fix in the MCU with the upcoming X-Men ’97 project!

A Multiverse of Possibilities

What If…? features the voices of Josh Brolin, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Jeffrey Wright, Hayley Atwell and other major stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The series “flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways,” according to Marvel’s official description of the series.

In addition to the second season of What If…?, Marvel is also working on two more animated series — Marvel Zombies and Spider-Man: Freshman Year. The former is a direct spin-off of What If…? episode five, which revolves around a Marvel Cinematic Universe that suffers from a zombie plague.

All episodes of What If…? season 2 are now available to stream on Disney Plus. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

Anthony Singletary

Anthony Singletary

Anthony has always had a love for stories. An aspiring screenwriter and video editor, he takes pride in connecting fans with the latest heroic news!