What If…?: Jeffrey Wright's The Watcher Receives Honor He Deserves

When Disney+ and Marvel Studios usher in the animated alt-reality universe of What If…? on Wednesday, August 11, viewers will soon realize that things just don't seem quite right. That's because each episode is another reimagining of events they thought they knew about the MCU, with Jeffrey Wright's celestial know-it-all The Watcher serving as their guide. In honor of the show's premiere in less than two weeks, Wright's on-screen persona is being given the character profile key art high honor (in what we're hoping is the first of many for the season)- here's a look:

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In an interview with EW, Wright reveals what he enjoyed most about bringing the character to life for the streaming series, what his favorite episode of What If…? was, and what it was like listening to the late Chadwick Boseman's final T'Challa performance.

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On What He Liked Best About Playing The Watcher: "He's described as the most dramatic being in all the multiverse when he first appears in Fantastic Four in 1963 on the cover of the comic book, so this idea of the most dramatic being in anyone's imagination gives you a lot to play with. I love the idea of just being able to be theatrical and a little over the top and at the same time kind of subtle with the language. That's always fun," Wright explained.

On His Very "Strange" Favorite "Episode: "I was really taken by the Doctor Strange episode, which you will see when you get there. For some reason, it just really pulled at my emotions. [Laughs] And as well, it becomes a story of interest to The Watcher too, so in that way, we kind of see things from a similar perspective.," Wright answered. "So yeah, check out the Doctor Strange one when it comes. When you land on that one, you'll land in a place where I sat up even further in my seat."

On Hearing Chadwick Boseman's Final T'Challa: "I was really moved to hear Chadwick Boseman voice T'Challa again as he does in the show. I actually first met him when Black Panther was being introduced at Comic-Con. We saw each other from time to time after that and just to watch him grow as an actor and watch him take on this character, to see what that character meant, and to understand that he was doing that while facing serious challenges, I just find to be on the level of heroism that Black Panther himself is on," Wright revealed. "So to be a part of just a little bit of what some of his last work is is really special. And I can't wait for folks to just hear him."

Marvel's What If…? flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Coming to Disney+ this August 11th from director Bryan Andrews and head writer AC Bradley, Marvel Studios' first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU (watched over by Jeffrey Wright's The Watcher), featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles (based on details previously released).

  • Ant-Man: Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
  • Black Panther: Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger
  • Captain AmericaSebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, and Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan
  • Guardians of the GalaxyKaren Gillan as Nebula, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Michael Rooker as Yondu, and Djimon Hounsou as Korath
  • Thor: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Taika Waititi as Korg, and Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: Josh Brolin as Thanos, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark.
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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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