What If…? Showrunner Reveals the Watcher’s Role in the Disney+ Show

At one level, Uatu the Watcher was a personality owned by 20th Century Fox as part of the Fantastic Four library of characters. Now The Walt Company owns all issues Fantastic Four (and X-Men) and Uatu is again at Marvel, permitting the House of Ideas to make use of him in an upcoming property. That property is What If…?, ’ first foray into animation.

In a current interview with Discussing Film, What If…? showrunner Ashley Bradley talked about the ins and outs of the MCU-adjacent present, together with what Uatu’s precise function can be. “It was actually fairly early and that first conversation with Brad Winderbaum,” Bradley mentioned when requested about deciding to make use of the Watcher.

Winderbaum — an government producer on Thor: Ragnarok — then defined the firm would have full entry to Uatu after the rights reverted as a part of the Fox/Disney Merger.

“He mentioned The Watcher, which kind of surprised me because he was a Fox character technically because he first appeared in Fantastic Four. He said ‘no no no, he’s coming back’ and I was like ‘okay…’. We had a lot of conversations,” defined Bradley. “It was really important to me that the watcher wasn’t an old white man in the spec. I don’t want him to be Santa Claus. I don’t want him to be this Western white version of God. That was not who the character should be and it can very easily go that way.”

Uatu will likely be voiced by Boardwalk Empire and James Bond alum Jeffrey Wright, an announcement that was beforehand made at Comic-Con in July. Uatu will function the narrator for the present, which options the overwhelming majority of MCU actors returning for voice appearing roles. Discussing Film’s interview with Bradley has since been faraway from the outlet’s web site.


What If…? is scheduled to hit Disney+ Summer 2021. What situation would you want to look at play out on Marvel Studios‘ first animated sequence? Share your ideas in the feedback beneath or by tweeting me at @AdamBarnhardt to talk all issues MCU!

Other upcoming Marvel Studios tasks embrace Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, What If…? in Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022. Marvel Studios Disney+ sequence with out launch dates embrace Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk.

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