Chris Pratt Replaced as Peter Quill in MCU, More Details Released

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Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the MCU

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is navigating turbulent waters. After a string of underwhelming movies and TV shows, the consistency that was once synonymous with the franchise has deteriorated in a rather spectacular fashion. Now, after Chris Pratt was replaced and recast as Peter Quill, more details have been shared on Marvel’s upcoming Avengers project.

Chris Pratt in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
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Last week saw two major things happen for Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe: the finale of the well-received Loki TV show aired, and Nia DaCosta’s The Marvels (2023) finally released after being delayed from its summer release.

Loki Season 2 carried on immediately after the shocking ending of the first season, where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) confronted He Who Remains, a Variant of Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors, at the End of Time. Sylvie proceeded to kill the orchestrator of the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and, in doing so, set about a Multiverse-changing event.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) gathering branched timelines in 'Loki' 2.06
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The sophomore season explored the aftermath of Sylvie’s actions, leaving Loki (Hiddleston), Mobius (Owen Wilson), Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku), Casey (Eugene Cordero), and Ouroboros/”O.B.” (Ke Huy Quan), to solve the problem of the Temporal Loom, while chasing down another Kang Variant, Victor Timely (Majors), and taking on Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and the chilling Miss Minutes (Tara Strong).

It was in Loki that the MCU fully went all in on the Multiverse, introducing elements like the Sacred Timeline and the idea of Variants. Of course, big blockbusters like Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) went on to experiment with the rules of the Multiverse, but Loki‘s introduction to this new world is what set the Multiverse Saga in motion.

Tom Hiddleston's Loki hearing the Multiverse
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Since then, though, response and loyalty to the billion-dollar franchise has waned, leaving recent movies like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) and The Marvels with the worst box-office performances in MCU history. Now, the future of Phase Five and Six is on the line, and both The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Studios seem to be putting plans into action to course-correct the comic book franchise.

From stripping movies out of 2024 to reducing the TV slate and introducing a new MCU-adjacent brand, Marvel Spotlight, moves are being made behind the scenes in order to reignite the passion of Marvel consumers.

While it may have looked like 2023 was all said and done for the MCU, the superhero studio dropped a major surprise earlier this week when it revealed that the long-awaited What If…? Season 2 would be airing in 2023 after all.

Iron Man (L) and Gamora (R) in 'What If...?'
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The series was first slated to air in early 2023 but was later changed to just “coming soon.” Its appearance at the end of the year, as well as Marvel stating it will play into the larger MCU — as the first season did — suggests that big things are at play. When the first season was released, many fans thought it would be a filler show, but the anthology-style episodes became more important than anyone really imagined, putting some of the Multiversal elements Loki introduced into practice.

What If…? brought back many of the MCU characters fans had encountered over the years, but, for the most part, in a whole new light. As its name suggests, the series, created by A.C. Bradley and directed by Bryan Andrews, asks what if events in the MCU had happened differently.

Hayley Atwell as Captain Carter in 'What If...?'
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From Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) taking the supersoldier serum to become Captain Carter instead of Steve Rogers (Josh Keaton) becoming Captain America to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) losing Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) instead of his hands, What If…?‘s episodes explore multiple new realities, all watched over by Jeffrey Wright’s Uatu, AKA The Watcher.

Being canon, Marvel Studios’ first official animated series featured talent from the live-action universe, including stars like Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier). However, in an interesting turn of events, stars like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, and Tom Holland did not voice their characters — Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, and Spider-Man, respectively.

Captain Marvel in 'What If...?'
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For these characters, Mick Wingert played Iron Man, Josh Keaton did Steve Rogers, Lake Bell starred as Black Widow, Alexandra Daniels voiced Captain Marvel, and Hudson Thames stepped in as Spidey Peter Parker.

One other character that was replaced and recast in What If…? Season 1 was Chris Pratt, who did not star as Peter Quill; Brian T. Delaney took on the part. In the first season, Peter Quill wasn’t even Star-Lord either, with the “what if?” element focusing on Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) being this universe’s Star-Lord instead.

Animated Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa aka Star-Lord in What if
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Now, it looks like Pratt may once again be recast as Peter Quill in What If…? Season 2. According to multiple sources, the episode list includes an episode called “What If…Peter Quill Attacked the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?” The scooper Can We Get Some Toast (@CanWeGetToast) revealed new information about this episode after the trailer was shared by Marvel Studios:

There’s more than meets the eye to a lot of the episode titles for ‘WHAT IF’ Season 2.

For instance: What If… Peter Quill Attacked Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?

This may sound like a Guardians of the Galaxy vs Avengers episode, but it’s actually Peter Quill being delivered to Ego as a kid. Ego and Peter come for the planet, causing the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes of 1988 to Assemble.

Avengers of 1988:
– Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man)
– Bill Foster (Goliath)
– King T’Chaka (Black Panther),
– Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier)
– Wendy Lawson (Starforce),
– Thor

Peggy Carter will be the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D and Howard Stark will also make an appearance.

Judging by the trailer, this version of Peter Quill looks to be too young for Chris Pratt to voice the character, meaning the actor will once again be recast in the role — a role he established in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3), as well as Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). Watch the What If…? Season 2 trailer here:

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Pratt will next star as the legendary orange cat Garfield in the upcoming The Garfield Movie (2024). According to the ending of James Gunn’s third Guardians of the Galaxy film, Pratt will also return as Star-Lord in the live-action MCU at some point in the future.

What If…? Season 2 will begin airing on December 22, 2023, on Disney+ and run for nine consecutive nights. The incredible voice cast will also welcome Cate Blanchett, who returns as Hela in the second season of the animated series.

Will you be watching What If…? Season 2? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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