Parents' Guide to

What If...?

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Lots of comic book violence in thrilling, inclusive series.

TV Disney+ Drama 2021
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 13+

Language rating incorrect

It says there is no language present but there is. In Episode 5 (which is the only one I have watched) it says “what the hell” in the first few minutes. That’s “language” in my opinion. I use this site to vet movies for my own kids as well as for movies at school for students. It’s usually reliable but this one is not accurate.
3 people found this helpful.
age 14+

Good Show, other reviews are misleading

Me and my family have been captivated by this show since the first episode. It is a great show... but... the newer episodes are very dark and suprisingly gory. My kids are very mature and they can handle alot, I show them films and tv shows that definitely aren’t meant for them, but I want to warn other parents, I see alot of other reviewers saying this show is for 10/11 year olds, it is not, mainly because those reviews only cover the first two/three episodes, which are very pre teen freindly, but episodes 4 and 5 are very dark and suprisingly gory. I wont spoil episodes 4 and 5 for you, but episode 4 is very dark (especially its ending), it also contains some minor scary imagery. Episode 5 contains a suprising amount of gore for an MCU property, personally I don’t mind gory stuff nor do I mind my kids seeing stuff like that, but I know other parents wouldn’t be ok with it. Please keep in mind that commen sense media only reviews the first 1 or 2 episodes of a tv show, and they never go back and add to their reviews, they aren’t very trustworthy in that regard. So take other reviews with a grain of salt.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (27 ):

With dazzling visuals and thrilling storytelling, Marvel's new animated series follows beloved storylines to new ends and scores on every level. Jeffrey Wright is a narrator with gravitas (shades of Rod Serling!), and What If ... ? hooks you in right from the beginning with his intro: "Time. Space. Reality. It's more than a linear path: It's a prism of endless possibility." Oooh, yeah! Wright's Watcher, who we see as a dark humanoid outline with glowing eyes against a cosmic backdrop, is an old-fashioned device, the storyteller who invites you to sit and watch as something unfolds. It worked once; it works still: You're in from the start, and happily, What If ... ? doesn't disappoint after it grabs your attention so extravagantly.

To some viewers, the greatest thrill of all will be seeing a Marvel universe that's more inclusive than you'd expect from the White male-dominated casts of most Marvel movies. In the show's first episode, Captain America character Peggy Carter advances from the sidelines to the center of all the action as she subs in for a wounded Steve Rogers during his hero-ification process. Machines whizz ... smoke gathers and clears ... and out steps a super-sized Captain Carter, ready for combat on America's behalf. "You won't be needing those heels anymore," says a clearly impressed Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). Cue scenes of Carter acting with derring-do and bravery against a WWII-era soundtrack. Other episodes focus on Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and, in performances recorded before his tragic and untimely death in 2020, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther hero T'Challa. Wakanda forever.

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