First Look At Marvel’s “What If?” Season 2 New Hero, Kahhori
Disney has released some new details on the upcoming second season of the animated Disney+ Original series from Marvel Studios, “What If?”, which flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios’ first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles.
In one of the new episodes, we find out, ‘What If” the Tesseract fell to Earth and landed in the sovereign Haudenosaunee Confederacy before the colonization of America. And Marvel has released a first look and details on an all-new Marvel Super Hero called Kahhori.
The Tesseract takes on a new life and a new mythology, transforming a lake into a gateway to the stars and leading Kahhori, a young Mohawk woman, on a quest to discover her power.
Written by Ryan Little (What If…? ), the episode was created in close collaboration with members of the Mohawk Nation, like historian Doug George and Mohawk language expert Cecelia King to ensure cultural authenticity. The episode takes place in the Mohawk language and is informed by the history of the Akwesasne region in what is now upstate New York.
Doug George told Marvel.com:
“It tells a remarkable story from a Native-Mohawk perspective which is truly unique and historical, and will give the viewers a new, challenging and entertaining perspective on this land’s first peoples. The story is dramatic, the characters fully realized, and the action sequences are breathtaking. The episode is exceptional in another sense–it is done with the complete cooperation of the Mohawk people from dialogue to adornment.”
The episode’s writer, Ryan Little, added:
“I had a wonderful writing mentor who worked extensively with the Indigenous community in upstate New York, and I was excited to draw on that experience to build an entirely original corner of the MCU with storylines for new Indigenous heroes written from a place of respect for past generations and optimism for future ones. Kahhori, pronounced ‘KAH-HORTI,’ is a real, Wolf Clan name, meaning ‘she stirs the forest’ or is someone who motivates those around her. In her debut adventure, Kahhori will have to live up to her name to recruit powerful allies into the fight to save her people and change the course of history forever.”
The team behind the show, including the director Bryan Andrews (What If…? ), Executive Producer A.C. Bradley (What If…? , Ms. Marvel), Story Editor Matthew Chauncey (What If…? ) and the entire production team also worked with members the Mohawk Nation to design Kahhori’s look and environment, and to help incorporate traditional Mohawk music to use in the score.
Prior to the debut of the character on the screen in the second season of Marvel’s “What If?”, Funko has announced a new special glow-in-the-dark Funko Vinyl Soda collectable figure will be going on sale on March 29th and that it will be exclusive to Wal-Mart.
The first season of Marvel’s “What If?” is available to stream now on Disney+. Disney hasn’t yet announced a release date for the second season.
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