New Details On Iron Man's Makeover In Disney+'s What If Have Been Revealed

Peggy Carter and the Howling Commandos greet Iron Man on Marvel's What If...? (2021)

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There are plenty of exciting projects coming down the pipeline for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but one of the most intriguing would have to be Marvel’s What If…?. The first animated production from Marvel Studios is set to flip the script on the MCU by playing out alternate scenarios for some of the MCU’s biggest moments. With this, fans will see different versions of the characters they’ve come to know, including Iron Man, as the iconic hero is getting a cool makeover for the upcoming Disney+ series. And new details on this version of the character have now been revealed.

One of the What If…? episodes that’s been teased is the series premiere, which involves Peggy Carter taking the Super Soldier serum and becoming a superhero herself. But if Carter becomes the Sentinel of Liberty, then what becomes of skinny Steve Rogers? Well, as footage has teased, he’ll be getting an armored suit instead, but producer Brad Winderbaum has now shared some additional details on this iteration of Iron Man:

You start piecing it together and it leads to another discovery: ‘If Steve Rogers stayed skinny, he’d still be a part of the story. He and Peggy would still fall in love, probably. What if Howard Stark build them an Iron Man suit and the Tesseract was the thing that powered it?’ When we looked at those initial ideas, we picked ones that took on a life of their own, where it was more than, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool it…?’ It was.

Based on Brad Winderbaum’s comments to Disney’s D23 Magazine (via The Direct), the Stark family will still have a hand in the development of this version of Iron Man. It makes sense that Howard Stark would be the one to construct the suit for Steve Rogers, as Tony’s mechanical know-how would’ve had to have been inherited from someone. What’s even crazier to hear is that this suit of armor will be powered by the Tesseract. Infinity Stones have done many things in the MCU over the years, but one has yet to power one of Iron Man’s various suits. You can see a bit more of the suit in action by checking out the What If…? trailer down below:

It looks like Marvel Studios is putting a lot of thought into the stories it wants to tell with What If…?, and the creatives behind the series seem to be enjoying this change of pace. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige previously told CinemaBlend that working on the show has been “liberating” from a creative standpoint, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only do Feige and co. have room to play with a number of different ideas, but they’re doing so on a canvas that includes more than 20 films. Of course, if you ever want to see the MCU events play out as we know they do, you can stream nearly all of the Infinity Saga films on Disney+, which you can sign up for using this link.

From what we’ve seen so far, things are certainly going to get weird when it comes to Marvel’s What If…? and considering the comic book series it’s based on, that’s exactly what it should be. Steve Rogers as Iron Man and T’Challa as Star-Lord are only a few of the things we’ll see on the show, which is a strong indicator of how far the show is going to play with the continuity. Let’s hope the creative team goes all in on the craziness and brings back a few suprise veteran MCU stars along the way.

Marvel’s What If…? will hit Disney+ sometime this summer.

Erik Swann
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Erik Swann is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend. He began working with the publication in 2020 when he was hired as Weekend Editor. Today, he continues to write, edit and handle social media responsibilities over the weekend. On weekdays, he also writes TV and movie-related news and helps out with editing and social media as needed. He graduated from the University of Maryland, where he received a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After shifting into multi-platform journalism, he started working as a freelance writer and editor before joining CB. Covers superheroes, sci-fi, comedy, and almost anything else in film and TV. He eats more pizza than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.