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Why Marvel Rejected A Luke Skywalker Cameo In What If…? Show

By Ishita Chatterjee
August 6,2021

The Loki finale shocked everyone. The opening up of the multiverse ensured that now the storytelling possibilities are endless. And Kevin Feige has already mapped out the rules of the multiverse. So Marvel is all ready to explore those possibilities with its newest offering- What If…?

Debuting August 11 on Disney+, this animated show is all ready to push the boundaries of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, not only is it the first animated show from Marvel, but it will also explore the characters and stories that fans know so well from the movies, but sightly changed.

Basically, audiences should get ready to see Black Panther’s T’Challa as Starlord, Captain Carter instead of Captain America, and even a Zombie Hunter Spider-Man. Now, if that doesn’t pump you up, then nothing will. Basically, the possibilities with this series are pretty much limitless.

As such, the creators of the show also didn’t hold back and they surely thought outside of the box. In fact, for them outside of the box also meant outside of the franchise.

Marvel Didn’t Allow A Luke Skywalker Cameo

Luke Skywalker In What IF

During an interview with Collider, What If…? Main head writer A.C. Bradley said that she was “notorious for trying to get a Star Wars character involved.”

Here’s her full quote:

“I was kind of notorious for trying to get a Star Wars character involved. We did try at one point, but it’s kind of like play with the sandbox you were given. We gave you the entire MCU. Run with that. And, I was like ‘Okay. But still, Luke Skywalker would be an amazing Avenger.”

But she wasn’t the only one. What If…? Director Bryan Andrews said that he loved the ideas Bradley brought to the MCU world and also to the galaxy far far away. But he too was hoping for more when Marvel reminded them of its few guidelines. However, he hasn’t lost hope. He says:

“But we were thinking about them, but who knows? If fans watch it, love it, and clamor enough… Who knows what can happen? You know, what if? Right?”

What if.. animated series

What if.. animated series

This isn’t the only time that A.C. Bradley has talked about her desire to bring Star Wars into the MCU. In an interview with GamesRadar+, Bradley explained that:

“Despite my damndest, I was not allowed to use Star Wars characters. I tried many times; they kept reminding me that Luke Skywalker is not an Avenger.”

Right Now A Star Wars/ MCU Crossover Is Improbable But Not Impossible

Luke Skywalker In Return of the Jedi

Luke Skywalker In Return of the Jedi

Fans are used to seeing Luke Skywalker cameo in shows. After all, the biggest one was in The Mandalorian’s Season 2 finale. It was unexpected, and that stunned the audience. They were left exuberant and high. It was a joy that the fanbase hadn’t experienced in years.


In fact, that cameo was so well received and had to be made with such secrecy that now there’s going to be a Disney+ Gallery episode that will look into the makings of the episode in detail. In fact, some stills have already been featured in a Disney+ trailer from the episode that’s supposed to premiere on August 25, 2021.

Pic of Grogu and Mark Hamill from Disney+ trailer

Pic of Grogu and Mark Hamill from Disney+ trailer

Right now, a Star Wars/MCU Crossover might feel out there and quite impossible. But fans did get to see Alligator Loki and Throg in Loki, and that astonished fans. However, their inclusion did work in the story being told beautifully. So similarly, we might just get that Star Wars and MCU crossover that we want someday.

After all, the fact that A.C. Bradley tried many times indicates the fact that the studio is open to the idea. Also, they might have a study brewing there as well. However, we aren’t holding our breaths regarding this and neither should you.

Right now, both Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios have several projects in the works that will expand their respective universes. But we still need to say that Star Wars has a really interesting thing called World Between Worlds. Also, not to mention the fact that time-traveling abilities were introduced in Star Wars Rebels.

So even though we might not get Avenger Luke Skywalker right now, but in the wide multiverse, it’s certainly possible someday. After all, as Andrews said, “You know, what if? Right?”

You can check out What If…? exclusively on Disney+ when it premieres Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

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