Marvel’s WHAT IF..? Season 2 Introduces New Groundbreaking Native Hero: Kahhori’s Story and Impact

What If...? Season 2

Marvel’s What If…? Season 2 has taken a significant step forward in representation by introducing a new Native hero, Kahhori. This addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe marks a notable effort to diversify its character roster and tell stories that resonate with a broader audience.

A Milestone in Representation

The creation of Kahhori was a collaborative effort involving extensive consultation with the Native community. AC Bradley, Head Writer of the series, detailed the process:

“And also to the entire Mohawk community, who, like, really kind of backed us up… We brought them in for everything from design, story, costuming, music. It was really a collaborative effort, and we were so lucky to get all the help.”

-AC Bradleym Head Writer-

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Bradley’s comments underscore the importance of authenticity and respect in the portrayal of Kahhori. By involving the Mohawk community from the early stages, the team ensured that the character’s depiction was both accurate and respectful, setting a new standard for cultural representation in mainstream media.

A Linguistic and Cultural Achievement

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A remarkable aspect of Kahhori’s episode is its commitment to linguistic authenticity. Andrews emphasized the decision to present the episode in the Native language:

“From the very beginning, I was like, it’s gonna be in their language. I’m not budging. And Brad and everyone, Marvel was like hell to the yeah about that. Yes, absolutely. They were straight up supportive in every way.”

-Bryan Andrews, Director-

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This choice to feature the episode in the Native language not only adds to the authenticity of Kahhori’s character but also respects and celebrates the cultural heritage of the Mohawk community. It represents a significant step in honoring indigenous languages and stories in mainstream media.

The Genesis of Kahhori’s Story

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Kahhori’s character and story emerged from a desire to explore what-if scenarios outside the typical superhero narrative. Bryan Andrews, the director, spoke about the creative impetus behind Kahhori’s episode:

“It was one of the early ideas I think we had because what bigger what if is there than, like, you know, what if colonialization didn’t happen?”

-Bryan Andrews, Director-

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Andrews’ reflection highlights the series’ commitment to tackling significant historical and cultural themes through the lens of the Marvel Universe. Kahhori’s story isn’t just a superhero tale; it’s a thought-provoking exploration of alternate history and its implications.

Reception and Impact

What If...? Season 2

Since its announcement, Kahhori’s inclusion in Season 2 has been met with positive reactions, particularly for its respectful and authentic representation of Native culture. This reception signifies a growing desire among audiences for more diverse and meaningful representation in media.

The introduction of Kahhori isn’t just a milestone for Marvel; it’s a beacon of progress for the entire entertainment industry. It demonstrates the potential for mainstream media to respectfully incorporate diverse cultures and narratives, paving the way for more inclusive storytelling.

The addition of Kahhori to Season 2 is a groundbreaking moment for Marvel Studios. It reflects a commitment to diversity, authenticity, and respectful storytelling. As the series continues to push the boundaries of narrative and character development, Kahhori stands as a testament to the endless possibilities for inclusive storytelling.

Fans can witness the impact of Kahhori’s story when What If…? Season 2 premieres on Disney+ on December 22, 2023.

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Season 2 Release Date: December 22, 2023 (1 New Episode each day, with the season finale on December 31, 2022)
Directed by: Bryan Andrews (S1)
Head Writer: AC Bradley (S1)
Executive Producers: Brad Winderbaum, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Bryan
Andrews, AC Bradley
Production Company: Marvel Studios

MCU Stars Reprising Roles (S1): Andy Serkis, Angela Bassett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Benicio Del Toro, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Sullivan, Clancy Brown, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Danai Gurira, David Dastmalchian, Djimon Hounsou, Dominic Cooper, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, Evangeline Lilly, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Jaimie Alexander, Jeff Goldblum, Jeremy Renner, John Kani, Jon Favreau, Josh Brolin, Karen Gillan, Kat Dennings, Kurt Russell, Leslie Bibb, Mark Ruffalo, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Douglas, Michael Rooker, Natalie Portman, Neal McDonough, Ophelia Lovibond, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Rachel House, Rachel McAdams, Samuel L. Jackson, Sean Gunn, Sebastian Stan, Seth Green, Stanley Tucci, Taika Waititi, Tilda Swinton, Toby Jones, Tom Hiddleston and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

Season two of “What If…?” continues the journey as The Watcher (voice of Jeffrey Wright) guides viewers through the vast Multiverse, introducing brand-new and familiar faces from the MCU. The series questions, revisits and twists classic Marvel Cinematic Universe moments with an incredible
voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their iconic roles.

Season two features fan-favorite characters this season like Nebula, Hela and Happy Hogan, episodes are directed by Bryan Andrews (eps 2-9) and Stephan Franck (ep 1) and written by AC Bradley (eps 3, 4, 5, 8), Matthew Chauncey (eps 1-3, 7, 9) and Ryan Little (eps 6, 8). The animated series is executive produced by Brad Winderbaum, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Bryan Andrews and AC Bradley. The animated series begins streaming on Disney+ on Dec. 22—with a new episode debuting nightly for nine nights.

How do you feel about Marvel’s representation of Native culture through this new character? What other cultures and stories would you like to see Marvel explore in the future? Share your thoughts and join us to talk about all things What If…? on Discord!

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