The following article comprises spoilers for the What If…? sequence.
After three episodes, What If…? has undoubtedly delivered on its promise to show the Marvel Cinematic Universe the other way up with storylines involving the heroes followers have grown to like ver since Robert Downey Jr. first placed on the Iron Man go well with again in 2008
However, for its third seemingly unrelated chapter the present dares ask a good larger query with the title “What If… The World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?” as audiences are left to see how Hank Pym’s most infamous comedian e-book persona goes into full Yellowjacket mode to take out every one of many Avengers, thus leaving planet Earth prime for the taking within the eyes of Loki. Although Nick Fury’s trusty pager can at all times be relied upon to ask Captain Marvel for assist, this does go away a quite somber situation for that individual universe.
It bears reminding that this Nick Fury and the Hawkeye that was murdered by Pym usually are not the identical ones that Captain Carter meets on the finish of her personal time journey journey, which means at this level followers are taking a look at a minimum of two -most doubtless three- completely different universes with extra realities on the way in which. But what precisely is the aim of depicting all these universes? Well, if the What If…?’s earliest trailers are any indication the sequence is organising a multiverse crossover that comes bundled with a brand new group of Avengers.
Unless What If…? is keen to kill all of the Avengers once more, Steve Rogers will not have time to heat up earlier than he is become a zombie for the fact proven within the trailer the place his and Iron Man’s undead our bodies are attacking Marvel’s most interesting. All issues thought of, with its present state, it is this particular universe that might seem like the proper place for all issues evil to unfold given it is the one the place Nick Fury’s Avenger initiative is extra short-staffed with him having virtually as many superhero caskets to rely as when Thanos snapped half of them away.
And that is simply so far as that actuality goes, as a result of whereas The Watcher has to this point been restricted to fastidiously overseeing the event of those occasions, producers did initially say that it was this otherworldly being and Captain Carter who have been presupposed to be on the story’s forefront. Peggy Carter might be seen when the alternate Avengers’ are absolutely assembled alongside T’Challa’s Star-Lord, his cousin Erik Killmonger as Black Panther, a totally armored Gamora, and the variant generally known as Party Thor however screenwriters are actually enjoying their playing cards near their chests earlier than revealing how all of that unfolds.
In that regard, moreover those beforehand talked about, there are most likely three different characters left to be proven with probably big roles to play within the What If…?’s plot: the darker model of Doctor Strange seen speaking with Captain Carter; the caped Spider-Man; and, the finalized model of Ultron. Putting all of those collectively will certainly show to be a problem with simply 6 episodes or three hours of tv left for What If…?
Unlike its comedian e-book counterpart, Disney Plus’ What If…? is meant to be greater than only a assortment of one-off tales, the present’s goal is to tie these collectively for presumably the kind of superhero roundup MCU followers have grown to like. This premise turns into much more necessary considering Loki already launched the Multiverse idea and mounting hypothesis that a few of the character variants proven in What If…? may get starring live-action roles sooner or later, with Captain Carter main the pack.
Despite Marvel Studios not releasing an official description or trailer for episode 4, this one is rumored to be the one that includes a number of variations of Doctor Strange, who looks like the correct man to make some sense of The Watcher’s present model of leisure. At the identical time, there’s an opportunity his involvement in What If…? may shed a light-weight on simply why Doctor Strange is catering to Peter Parker’s needs within the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer.
Killing practically all of the Avengers and turning them into zombies is fairly the daring transfer for What If…?, nevertheless, even in an animated format the present would do nicely to correctly repay these occasions. Perhaps the Killmonger Black Panther that rescues Tony Stark is in the identical universe as T’Challa Star-Lord and that’s the hyperlink between these two, however simply how will Ultron take over Vision and gather all of the Infinity Stones? Is Gamora attempting to forestall that and that’s why she’s carrying Thanos’ armor? How do Captain Marvel and the frozen Steve Rogers meet Zombie Hunter Spider-Man?
At the second What If…? is an ideal bold showcase for fan fiction tales and to let one’s creativeness go wild with Marvel, but for each new smaller story that’s proven on-screen writers should discover a strategy to carry it onto the endzone. Disappointment isn’t one thing typically associated to the MCU however with the sort of plot setups presently in play, it looks like What If…? is aiming for absolute superhero glory or bust with no level in-between.