The following accommodates spoilers for the third episode of What If…?
Fans have been in for a shock when watching the third episode of What If..?, Marvel’s latest collection exploring alternate universes. Following trailers and assumptions, it appeared that the animated collection’ third episode would put Loki on the throne of Asgard and ship him to Earth in an try and rule. Instead, viewers have been met with the MCU’s darkest storyline but. The episode, titled “What If… The World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?” tackles dying, grief, and a world the place the enduring Avengers are taken out for an unknown cause.
“What If… The World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?” doesn’t look ahead to an act break to change its tone, beginning darkish and solely swerving deeper. Within the primary 5 minutes, Tony Stark — caught in the course of the occasions of Iron Man 2 — is lifeless, with Natasha Romanoff because the prime suspect. In just a few days, Thor and the Hulk, each within the technique of being recruited by Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D, be a part of the record of casualties. Their deaths can’t be defined because the story turns right into a homicide thriller with an ominous heart.
More than maybe another piece of the MCU, the third episode of What If…? is pushed by grief — its energy and impact on those that discover themselves entangled in its grasp. Despite what occurs later within the episode, it’s grief over his brother Thor that sends Loki, now the King of Asgard by succession, to Earth in the hunt for revenge and justice. The God of Mischief’s arrival places S.H.I.E.L.D into overdrive attempting to find the killer of their brokers. Along with Loki, Natasha is undone by grief as properly after studying that Clint Barton (higher often known as Hawkeye) has additionally been taken out by the killer. Her anger causes her to throw herself full drive on the anonymous villain, getting murdered within the course of. After the lives misplaced and no finish in sight, Nick Fury is pressured to make a take care of Loki in an effort to take the killer down as soon as and for all — one thing the Fury followers are aware of would have a tough time leaping into.
In a somewhat refreshing twist, although hinted at all through the episode in great Agatha Christie style, the serial killer of Earth’s mightiest heroes is Hank Pym, acclaimed physicist. While the canon timeline sees Pym as a hero alongside Ant-Man, the Pym featured in What If…? is jaded after the lack of not solely his spouse but in addition his daughter, Hope Van Dyne, after a S.H.I.E.L.D mission gone unsuitable. What If…? highlights a side of the MCU not absolutely mentioned earlier than, the truth that S.H.I.E.L.D — whereas answerable for bringing collectively heroes to make the Avengers and retaining HYDRA from taking up — nonetheless has immense blood on its arms and isn’t as good because it seems.
The episode makes an attempt to instill hope in its viewers by its ending — hinting at a brand new model of the Avengers that includes Captain Marvel, What If..? pilot’s Captain Carter, and a thawing Steve Rogers — however a bittersweet style is all that’s left. “What If… The World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?” rounds out its closing minutes below the big shadow of Loki’s supposedly profitable takeover of Earth, even reciting his memorable speech from The Avengers at a gathering of the United Nations. It could appear to be a bizarre place for the What If…? episode to finish, however not terribly stunning for followers who’ve been paying shut consideration. If the finales of Loki and WandaVision are any indication, the Marvel Cinematic Universe could also be going by a dramatic shift to extra difficult, darker paths for his or her heroes to observe, the place successful isn’t as simple as earlier than.
It’s not recognized if What If…? shall be veering off into extra dramatic territory to any extent further, however there are parts of its third episode that undoubtedly ought to be thought of in episodes transferring ahead. ‘What If… The World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?’ is the collection’ most bold piece but, refusing to simply present viewers one other retelling of their favourite heroes’ origin tales. The episode was capable of painting actual, timeline-altering modifications for a universe after what appeared like a small occasion. To add on high of that, the episode introduced again characters from earlier episodes of What If…?, opening up a door of potentialities and theories for the season’s upcoming episodes. It’s fairly potential that followers may even see this model of S.H.I.E.L.D, Fury, and the Avengers in a while. The actual query stays, although: will the animated collection go even darker than this?
What If…? is streaming on Disney Plus with new episodes obtainable on Wednesdays.