After Loki and Sylvie broke with the Time Variance Authority and destroyed a Kang very happy to be killed, the Marvel Multiverse was officially launched, allowing infinite timelines to branch out from our main MCU line and, more cynically. , to open the gold-plated door for Disney to rake in billions of barely canon content.
What if… ?– Marvel Studios’ first animated property – also becomes the studio’s first exploration of the multiverse concept: if something that can happen has happened / will happen, then why not go wild? Enter our multiverse DJ: The Watcher, Uatu (voiced by the always perfect Jeffrey Wright).
The Watcher is our guide to the different branches of the timeline, and listening to the opening monologue from the first episode, it’s hard not to hear a 1980 Carl Sagan speaking at the top of the series. Cosmos: “The Cosmos is all that is or has ever been or ever will be.”
Here is The Observer:
“Time. Space. Reality. It is more than a linear path. It is a prism of infinite possibilities where a single choice can branch out into infinite realities, creating alternate worlds from the one you know. The Observer. I am your guide through these vast new realities. Follow me and think about the question: What if?
In Marvel, in the comics, the cosmos is more than it is. Here’s everything you need to know about our guide through the comedic cosmos.
Who is the Observer?
Marvel’s first Watcher debuted in 1963, appearing as “Uatu” in The Fantastic Four # 13. Uatu is part of a race of observers, beings who, uh, watch over the stories told through the comics. Beings are omnipotent and possess extensive abilities such as the manipulation of space and time. Basically, they can do whatever they want.
But if they are gods, the Watchers are uninvolved gods – noting events, refusing to intervene, compiling knowledge. However, some, like Uatu, who watches over the Earth, have intervened. Uatu helped the Fantastic Four fight global threats. In the comics, Watchers have been present for all of the important events, including the formation of the First Avenger (Steve Rogers) and, in a franchise not yet integrated into the MCU, Magneto’s acts.
In the MCU, we’ve only met the Watchers once, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when the group debriefed an informant (Stan Lee) on an asteroid.
In What if… ?, Observer Uatu has so far only acted as a narrator. While it is possible that he was the origin of the events of the series, Uatu is more likely just our guide, showing us some of the endless storylines now possible.
Why? Who is he really talking to? Will he influence future events in the MCU? It’s in the omnipotent hands of Disney now.
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