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Directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer, “What If…?" launches exclusively on Disney+ on August 11, 2021. Enter the multiverse of unlimited possibilities. Marvel Studios' first animated series, What If...?, starts streaming August 11 with new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+. Marvel EntertainmentWhat If...? Season 1 (2021) | Cast, Characters, Release Date
08 September, 2021 - 11:08am
Did Marvel’s ‘What If...?’ just signal its endgame
Marvel woke up and chose to show us a world where the Avengers became zombies.
Based on a comic book storyline, the newest “What If...?” episode — titled “What If...Zombies!?” — showed us what would have happened if a zombie apocalypse erupted on Earth before the events of “Avengers: Infinity War.” In short, most of the Avengers become zombies. So when Bruce Banner returns to Earth (as he did at the beginning of “Infinity War”), he finds a world overtaken by zombies. A few remaining Avengers save him, as they begin their search for a cure to the disease that turned everyone.
The newest episode had total “Infinity War” vibes, mostly because it kicked off where “Infinity War” begins. We spend a lot of time with Spider-Man, so fans of Tom Holland will love this episode. The episode is a journey that puts our characters in an entirely new light. And we get a lot of time with side characters. We spend so much time with Hulk, Hope from “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and Okoye from “Black Panther.” It’s a fun break from last week’s devastating episode, too, which saw Doctor Strange put an end to the universe.
But, in some ways, the most recent episode connects directly to last week’s darker theme, and it might be a sign of what this entire show may be about in the end.
The latest episode had a darker ending than you might expect from an MCU project. In most of the early Marvel projects, the endings were often positive. The enemy was defeated. The hero moved on with a new life and a change in character. But the most recent episode of “What If...?” about zombies, as well as last weeks’ about Doctor Strange, suggest that there’s a darker shift in tone here.
Last week’s episode ended with Doctor Strange ending the universe in search of a cure to save the love of his life, Christine (Rachael McAdams). This most recent episode — which takes place in a separate timeline/universe than the Doctor Strange episode — ended with zombie Thanos arriving on Earth to bring about the end of the universe, as the Watcher explains. This is a clear indication that the recent “What If...?” episodes are heading toward the end of the universe/multiverse no matter what happens in the episode. No matter what the heroes do, the universe ends.
That’s an interesting perspective for the show to have. The universe we all know about — where the Avengers don’t become zombies, or where Doctor Strange severely injures his hands — doesn’t always end in distastes. These universes do. They end in complete disaster and darkness.
So far, “What If...?” has been a series of bottleneck episodes that don’t connect to each other. They’re individual stories of events taking place in multiple universes. But as we move deeper in, a potential link has become clear. Maybe what’s linking all of these episodes together is, well, the end of the universe. I know that’s dark. But it’s what appears to be the case. The universe keeps finding itself in dire straits, especially in these last two episodes.
It doesn’t help that the Watcher — the show’s narrator who views much of the events — continues to see the end of the different universes. Does this mean that the end of show will see the Watcher stopping the end of the universe? Will the Watcher interfere in the end of a universe, something he has vowed now to do?
We don’t know where any of this is heading. But the truth remains clear — “What If...?” has become a show less about showing us what other universes look like, and more about how different universes end.
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08 September, 2021 - 08:28am
As Marvel's What If…? continues to explore the stranger corners of the MCU's multiverse, rarely seen and long-forgotten characters occasionally pop up, including key figures like Agent Coulson along with oddities such as Howard the Duck. But in the latest episode of Marvel's new Disney+ show, What If…? finally acknowledges a pivotal Spider-Man character who has remained mysteriously absent until now.
Episode five begins with Bruce Banner's fall to earth which first took place in Avengers: Infinity War. But before he can warn our heroes about Thanos, everyone's favorite professor is attacked by undead versions of Cap, Iron Man and Doctor Strange. Cue a surprisingly faithful adaptation of Marvel Zombies, which imagines a world where a virus has all but wiped out the MCU save for a few last heroes.
Following Doctor Strange's tragic story last week, episode five continues to deliver the goods with another killer episode that alternates between sad, funny and gruesome in the blink of an eye. But among all of the Ant-Man jokes and Bucky shower scenes, there's one particularly poignant moment that finally confirms the existence of Uncle Ben in the MCU.
After the group lose Happy 'Blam Blam' Hogan, Hope asks Spider-Man how he stays so upbeat in the face of loss. "Practice, I guess," says Peter. "My mom, dad, Uncle Ben, Mr Stark… I’ve lost a lot. But my Aunt May says ‘If we don’t keep smiling when they can’t, then we might as well be gone too.'"
So there we have it! You might have assumed that Uncle Ben, the man who helped raise Peter, would have been mentioned at least once before, but this is actually the first time he's ever been acknowledged in the MCU. Before Spidey made his debut in Captain America: Civil War, the previous Spider-Man films that did include Ben weren't technically canon... although that could change soon given the multiverse hijinks coming up in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
And crucially, Marvel's What If...? is already officially canon in a way those films are not, despite its seemingly random takes on previous Marvel films. Head writer AC Bradley confirmed this to IGN and producer Brad Winderbaum has even said this show is just as important to the MCU as Loki was.
Before all this, fans just assumed that Uncle Ben had been in the MCU before he died, despite him not being mentioned. All we officially knew was that Peter and Aunt May had suffered some kind of loss, and that's why Spidey was reluctant to stress May out further by revealing the truth behind his hero exploits. The closest we got to a direct Uncle Ben reference in these films was when fans spotted Peter using a suitcase with the initials BFP in Far From Home.
However, that wasn't always the plan. Back when Spider-Man: Homecoming was released, writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley revealed to EW that they originally hoped to bring Uncle Ben in more directly:
While that scene didn't make the cut, Ben's spirit was still felt, and not just in Spider-Man's arc. Over the years, a number of Marvel TV shows have played around with his famous "great power... great responsibility" speech, including Jessica Jones and Agents of SHIELD.
So even though Uncle Ben is no longer with us, and even though it took all this time for him to even get a mention, it's like T'Challa says again at the end of this episode: "Death is not the end." That's true of Uncle Ben's legacy, and also the zombies that chowed down on all our favorite heroes this week too.
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