* SPOILERS ALERT * What if…?, the MCU’s first animated series with Jeffrey Wright providing narration as The Watcher, saw its final episode (a total of nine eps) drop this week. Beloved MCU stars like the late Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston and many more have taken over their characters, playing vocals, and added more fun to the narrative. epic “multiverse”. Each episode posed, pondered, and answered a life-altering question and while some episodes missed, there are some spectacular episodes that left MCU fans elated and curious about more.
Here is our ranking of What if …? best to worst episodes:
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What if…? Ep 5 – What if … Zombies ?!
Imagine the Avengers, aka the world’s mightiest heroes, and pretty much the entire world. have become zombies. Well the few others like Spider-Man (Hudson Thames), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and many more have to unite to save the little left of humanity. Unlike a few startup episodes, we actually see this altered event as a time-shifting moment while zombified Captain America, Iron Man, and Scarlett Witch will definitely scare you. What way to break the hearts of MCU fans again by killing Vision in front of the love of his life, Wanda Maximoff !?
What if…? Ep 4 – What if … Doctor Strange lost his heart instead of his hands?
Ripping through one episode, we see the heartbreaking transformation of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) into Doctor Strange Supreme as he constantly puts himself in a time loop with the bare minimum of hope of saving the love of his life, the Dr Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), of an impending car accident. This episode, in particular, is also visually stunning.
What if…? Ep 9 – What if … the Observer breaks his oath?
Another visual spectacle, And if The finale is as captivating as promised as we see a sequel to Ep 8 (more details below!) (Chadwick Boseman), Gamora (Cynthia McWilliams), Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) – to protect the Multiverse by defeating Ultron (Ross Marquand). Eventually, Black Widow (Lake Bell) also joins in on the action. The epic credits scene also got us excited with a potential What If …? Season 2 of endless possibilities.
What if…? Ep 8 – What if … Ultron wins?
Prior to the creation of Guardians of the Galaxy, MCU fans were treated with a vicious and menacing Ultron who quickly deals with the galaxy by spoiling any potential threat, including the Avengers, while hilariously cutting Thanos (Josh Brolin) in two, in seconds too. However, things take a uglier turn when Ultron is made aware of the existence of The Watcher, who is forced out of hiding and is ultimately forced to break his oath and seek help from unlikely opponents. . In addition, it was heartbreaking to witness a role reversal of Avengers: Endgame, where Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) sacrifices himself for Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow.
What if…? Ep 7 – What if … Thor was an only child?
A lighter episode, Ep 7 sees Thor as the only child and more like a party prince, who meets the love of his life, Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Aside from his bromance with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), MCU fans were also delighted to see Thor fight with Captain Marvel (Alexandra Daniels), who is certainly not impressed with his crazy shenanigans. This episode was high on the laughter realm and didn’t want fans to take it seriously. Plus, Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) drunkenly marrying Howard the Duck (Seth Green) was hilarious!
What if…? Ep 2 – What if … T’Challa becomes a Star-Lord?
A heartwarming tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, the second episode sees T’Challa and not Peter Quill (Brian T. Delaney) becoming Star-Lord as we see a much lighter side of Black Panther (note, not in this timeline though. !). MCU fans felt it was a fitting tribute to the Oscar-winning actor, who immortalized Black Panther with his stellar performance. Although the episode was not as interesting a result as expected.
What if…? Ep 1 – What if … Captain Carter was the first avenger?
What if…? created with an intriguing alternate situation as we got to see beloved character Peggy Carter and not Steve Rogers (Josh Keaton) take on the role of Captain America… I mean, Captain Carter. With a hilarious Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and a loving Steve, the episode is straightforward and fun with few complications, which is why it ranks lower on the list.
What if…? Ep 6 – What if … Killmonger saved Tony Stark?
Much like Peggy Carter, MCU fans had a great time watching Erik Stevens become Black Panther, albeit to the detriment of T’Challa and most importantly, the death of Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Mick Wingert), that fans must have reluctantly watched perform in several What if…? episodes like RDJ’s onscreen death in Avengers: Endgame is still a sore point !. However, this episode didn’t really offer much other than a few thrills for Killmonger fans. We really liked the bromance between Erik and Tony, even if it didn’t really last long!
What if…? Ep 3 – What if … the world loses its mightiest heroes?
While the zombie-themed episode was an overall mind-boggling storyline, Ep 3 misses the mark despite a promising plot that sees the Avengers being murdered one after the other. Even the revelation of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) being the one who did the wrongdoing was not as exciting as you would have liked. And considering how Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) still managed to put together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, albeit with different players (except Captain America!)
However, What if…? was nothing less than an explosive treat for MCU fans, who are now even more excited about the promising multiverse era and perhaps a What if…? Season 2! *Crossed fingers*
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