9 Animated Marvel Shows to Watch if You’re Loving ‘What If…?’





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“What If…,” Marvel’s latest animated series is an anthology set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will be streaming exclusively on Disney+. The show will focus on alternate storylines of the MCU as we’ve come to know it, and it will flip everything we know on its head.

Many stars of the MCU will lend their voice in the series with Josh Brolin, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Hayley Atwell, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, and Taika Waititi reprising their roles. The series will feature the late great Chadwick Boseman in his last role.

Here are 9 more must-watch animated Marvel series if you’re enjoying What If…?

Spider-Man (1994-1998) 

One of the most popular Marvel animated series of all-time featuring the company’s flagship hero, Spider-Man also known as Spider-Man: The Animated Series (Spider-Man TAS for short), gave fans an in-depth look into the life of the web-slinger. The series is praised due to its faithfulness to the comic and capturing various storylines of the titular character over 65 episodes across five seasons including numerous cameos by other Marvel heroes.

Where to watch? Now streaming on Disney+.

X-Men (1992-1997)

Another popular Marvel animated series of the 1990s, like Spider-Man, X-Men (also known as X-Men: The Animated Series), originally aired on the Fox Kids block and became one of the network’s most popular shows and second to the Wall-Crawler, which it would crossover with. As the first series picked up about the X-Men, the show became known for its iconic theme and was highly praised due to its mature subject matter that would eventually lead to a live-action film.

Where to watch? Now streaming on Disney+.

Ultimate Spider-Man (2012-2017)

Ultimate Spider-Man was the longest-running series based on Spider-Man with 104 episodes across 4 seasons. The show is notable for introducing Miles Morales (voiced by Donald Glover) as an animated character, which led to him being part of the main cast by the series end. The show didn’t receive as high critical praise as the animated series of the ’90s, however, Ultimate Spider-Man gave a new generation of fans a look into the expanded world of the web-head.

Where to watch? Now streaming on Disney+.

Iron-Man: Armored Adventures (2009-2012)

After the success of the live-action film Iron Man (2008), Tony Stark’s alter-ego got his second animated series that aired for 52 episodes across 2 seasons. The series differentiates itself from traditional Iron Man lore as Stark is a 16-year old genius instead of an adult. Familiar Stark associates Pepper Potts and James “Rhodey” Rhodes are also teenagers in the series. The show has received high praise for being one of the best series about Iron Man.

Where to watch? Now streaming on Disney+.

Silver Surfer (1998)

Airing for only a single season, Silver Surfer was highly praised by fans due to its animation style and the use of creator Jack Kirby’s design. The series tackled numerous social and political issues but there were changes of the origins of some characters. Unfortunately, Silver Surfer only aired for 13 episodes before it was canceled due to legal issues between its production companies.

Where to watch? Now streaming on Disney+.

The Incredible Hulk (1996-1997)

The second animated adaptation of everyone’s anger-fueled-gamma-radiation monster, The Incredible Hulk ran for 21 episodes across 2 seasons. As a nice call back for fans, Lou Ferrigno, who played Hulk in an earlier live-action adaptation, provided the voice of Hulk for the animated series. While airing on UPN, the first season of the series was deemed too dark by executives, which led to season 2 being titled The Incredible Hulk and She-Hulk as She-Hulk became a series regular.

Where to watch? Now streaming on Disney+.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2015-2019)

After the massive popularity of the film of the same name, Guardians of the Galaxy were given their own animated series for 77 episodes across 3 seasons after making a few appearances on other Marvel animated shows. The series is not set in the same universe as the film although Drax, Gamora, Star-Lord, Rocket, and Groot are all series regulars. Like the film, the series received high critical praise and it is notable for using licensed music to round out the soundtrack.

Where to watch? Now streaming on Disney+.

Rocket & Groot (2017)

Everybody’s favorite talking tree and loudmouth raccoon received their own show made up of 12 two-minute shorts. The series sees the pair go on various self-contained adventures as it explores their relationship in a buddy style sci-fi action comedy.

Where to watch? Now streaming on Disney+ and YouTube.

Marvel’s Future Avengers (2017-2018)

An anime style show, Marvel’s Future Avengers aired for 39 episodes across 2 seasons and was a refreshing take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The show is centered around three superpowered teenagers that were raised by Hydra, who finally realize the organization had been lying to them about their intentions, which leads to the teens eventually being recruited by the Avengers.

Where to watch? Now streaming on Disney+.

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