T.V. Series Review: What If…?

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What If…? Summary

Season 1, Episode 1: What if … Captain Carter was the First Avenger?

During World War II, Steve Rogers is chosen to become the world’s first super-soldier, but is wounded by a Hydra spy before he can receive the super-soldier serum. SSR agent Peggy Carter kills the spy and receives the serum instead. She is enhanced but banned from combat by SSR leader John Flynn. After she takes the Tesseract from Hydra with a vibranium shield created by inventor Howard Stark, Flynn reluctantly promotes her to the combat role of “Captain Carter”. Stark uses the Tesseract to create a weaponized, armored suit for Rogers to pilot as the “Hydra Stomper”. Carter and Rogers fight many battles until he goes missing while attacking a Hydra train. Carter and her allies find Rogers when they infiltrate a Hydra base and see Red Skull using the Tesseract to open a portal and summon an interdimensional creature, which kills him. Carter enters the closing portal to force the creature back. Almost 70 years later, the Tesseract opens another portal which Carter emerges from, meeting Nick Fury and Clint Barton.

Season 1, Episode 2: What If…T’Challa Became a Star-Lord?

In 1988, the Ravagers are sent to Earth by the Celestial Ego to retrieve his son Peter Quill, but mistakenly abduct a young T’Challa from Wakanda. 20 years later, T’Challa has become the famous intergalactic mercenary “Star-Lord”, and has been convinced by Ravager leader Yondu Udonta that Wakanda was destroyed. Nebula approaches the Ravagers and proposes to steal the Embers of Genesis, a cosmic artifact capable of eradicating galactic hunger, from galactic kingpin Taneleer Tivan. At Tivan’s headquarters on Knowhere, they offer him the Power Stone as a distraction. At the same time, T’Challa looks for the Embers, but he finds a Wakandan spacecraft that was searching for him. Nebula seemingly betrays the Ravagers, who are captured, but this is another ruse to obtain the Embers. Tivan’s slave Carina rescues T’Challa and helps the Ravagers defeat Tivan. T’Challa forgives Udonta for lying about Wakanda, and they return there so T’Challa can reunite with his family. Elsewhere, Ego approaches Quill, a Dairy Queen janitor.

Season 1, Episode 3: What If…the World Lost it’s Mightiest Heroes?

Over the course of a week, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury attempts to recruit heroes for the Avengers Initiative but they are each mysteriously killed: Natasha Romanoff injects Tony Stark with an unexpectedly fatal injection, Clint Barton accidentally shoots and kills Thor before dying in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Bruce Banner / Hulk explodes, and Romanoff is attacked and killed while investigating the other murders; before she dies, Romanoff tells Fury that the murders are related to “hope”. The Asgardians, led by Loki, arrive on Earth to avenge Thor; Fury proposes an alliance to apprehend the killer. Fury deduces that Hank Pym is the murderer and has been using his shrinking technology to commit the murders as revenge for the death of his daughter, Hope van Dyne, who died in the line of duty as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Fury and Loki defeat Pym, who is taken into Asgardian custody. Loki chooses to stay on Earth, becoming its ruler. Fury begins assembling more heroes, finding Steve Rogers frozen in ice and summoning Carol Danvers to Earth.

Season 1, Episode 4: What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of his Hands?

After losing his girlfriend Dr. Christine Palmer in a car crash, Dr. Stephen Strange travels to Kamar-Taj and learns the Mystic Arts. He discovers the Eye of Agamotto, which can manipulate time, but is warned by the Ancient One and Wong that doing so could destroy reality. Two years later, Strange repeatedly attempts to use the Eye to save Palmer, but she still dies in every scenario. The Ancient One tells Strange that Palmer’s death is an “absolute point” in the timeline that cannot be undone, but Strange refuses to listen. Using the power of the Dark Dimension, the Ancient One splits Strange into two alternate versions: one Strange accepts Palmer’s death while the other discovers how to gain power by absorbing mystical beings, becoming Strange Supreme. This evil version overpowers the good Strange, absorbs him, and uses his power to resurrect Palmer, tearing reality apart. Strange Supreme begs the Watcher for help, but he refuses to intervene. Palmer disintegrates and the universe collapses, leaving Strange Supreme to grieve alone.

Season 1, Episode 5: What If… Zombies?

Hank Pym finds Janet van Dyne in the Quantum Realm and she infects him with a quantum virus. They return to Earth and cause a zombie apocalypse. Two weeks later, a group of survivors—Bruce Banner, Hope van Dyne, Peter Parker, the Cloak of Levitation, Bucky Barnes, Okoye, Sharon Carter, Happy Hogan, and Kurt—learn there is a potential cure at a camp. They lose Hogan, Carter, and Hope to zombie attacks on the way there, where they meet Vision. His Mind Stone can reverse the virus, exemplified by a cured Scott Lang’s head kept alive in a jar, but an infected Wanda Maximoff is immune to the cure and Vision has been feeding pieces of T’Challa to her. Maximoff breaks free and kills Kurt, Okoye, and Barnes. Vision commits suicide to give the Mind Stone to Parker. Banner transforms into the Hulk and battles Maximoff, allowing the others to escape. To broadcast the Mind Stone’s energy across the planet, Parker, Lang, T’Challa, and the Cloak go to Wakanda. Meanwhile, a zombified Thanos wields a nearly-complete Infinity Gauntlet.

Season 1, Episode 6 What If … Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?

In Afghanistan, Tony Stark’s military convoy is ambushed by the Ten Rings, but he is saved by Erik “Killmonger” Stevens. Returning to Stark Industries with Stark, Killmonger exposes Obadiah Stane’s involvement in the ambush before helping Stark build a humanoid combat drone using vibranium. Needing more vibranium to create a drone army, they arrange for James Rhodes to purchase it from Ulysses Klaue. At Killmonger’s behest, Klaue leaks word of the transaction to Wakanda to lure in T’Challa. Killmonger kills T’Challa and Rhodes, staging it to look as if they killed each other. Stark confronts Killmonger using the drone, but Killmonger defeats it and kills Stark, making it look like a Wakandan attack. Killmonger then kills Klaue before reuniting with his estranged family in Wakanda. Thaddeus Ross sends the completed drone army to attack Wakanda to avenge Rhodes and Stark, but Killmonger leads the Wakandans to victory. Afterward, Killmonger consumes the Heart-Shaped Herb and becomes the new Black Panther. As the United States prepares to eradicate Wakanda, T’Challa’s sister Shuri visits Stark’s assistant Pepper Potts, who was suspicious of Killmonger. Hoping to avoid further conflict, Shuri proposes to reveal Killmonger’s deceit to the world.

Season 1, Episode 7: TBA

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What If…? Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Season isn’t over yet, 3 more episode but I will update as it comes out. So far it is really good. I love this series. Funnily enough, I am making a Marvel Homeschool curriculum for someone and I have discovered a Marvel Book subscription that I have taken upon reading to see how close the story lines are.

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