New Avenger Character Leaked for ‘What If…?’ Season 2

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It is very common for officially licensed merchandise to spoil twists or character reveals for upcoming projects. Studios will release concept art and a basic story overview so that partnered manufacturers have an understanding of what they are selling with their product. This information is released beforehand in order for companies to create the item and promote it close to the project’s release. Marvel is no different as a recent pre-order toy promotion has spoiled a huge future character reveal for Marvel Studio’s What If…? season 2.

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So the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has undergone an irregular mutation since the end of the Infinity Saga that culminated with the monumental success of Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Unfortunately, the newest era of Marvel, The Multiverse Saga, has been a rollercoaster of quality storytelling versus action-driven mediocrity as it struggles to find its footing. Its lack of a definitive direction has created a “superhero fatigue” that has led to dwindling viewership for nearly every Marvel project since Phase Three.

SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!

While certain spoilers can galvanize a fanbase like with Deadpool 3, it can also as easily deflate enthusiasm for upcoming franchises. Marvel recently spoiled a big character reveal through a Funko Pop exclusive for The Marvels. This trend has now advanced to another leaked blunder with the revelation of a new Avenger on the way. Toy Ark plans to release a new line of Marvel Legends action figures from Marvel’s What If…?’s second season. The next of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will be Bill Foster’s Goliath.

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Goliath is a former villain turned hero that debuted in Avengers #32 (1969). The character, Bill Foster, would become Hank Pym’s assistant that would use Pym particles to become the massive crime-fighting behemoth. Foster has already made his live-action debuted in Ant-Man and the Wasp. He was Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)’s former colleague, played by the legendary Laurence Fishburne.

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While it is unclear when Goliath will make his appearance on the series, the description on the back of the figure’s box has provided more details. It noted that, “In this universe, an alien threat forces Bill Foster to put aside his differences with former partner, Hank Pym, to join S.H.I.E.L.D’s newest team of heroes. The character will also be voiced by Fishburne.

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The figure itself looks like a mixture of Ant-Man’s outfit and the Endgame time heist suit. It has the character’s iconic blue, white and black color scheme with a large emblematic ‘G’ located on the belt area. It will also feature workable blue lights that run down Goliath’s chest. While anything is possible now that the Multiverse has been introduced, it is exciting for fans to witness more of Marvel’s roster of heroes come to life within the MCU. Even if is spoiled early.

What If…? Season 2 has not definitive release date. Season 1 is currently streaming on Disney+.

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