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Marvel’s What If…? – Season 1 Episode 2 Review

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What If…?  is the latest Marvel Studios project to arrive on our small screens on Disney +.

The animated anthology series, created by Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia writer A.C. Bradley and Marvel vet Bryan Andrews flips the script on the MCU as following the creation of the multiverse in Loki’s first season finale, What If…? reimagines famous events from the films in unexpected ways.

 

The first episode which debuted last Wednesday introduced a new character to the MCU, Captain Carter and offered an altered take on Captain America: The First Avenger. Now in Episode 2 The Watcher shows us a unique look at T’Challa who’s mistakingly put into the world of the Ravager’s and Guardians of the Galaxy which certainly offers an outlandish and awesome take on an iconic character as he’s put into a completely new environment and ultimately becomes The Star-Lord.

What you call destiny is just an equation, a product of variables. Right place, right time, or in some instances, the wrong place at the wrong time. As fate would have it, at that very moment, a Ravager spacecraft was arriving on Earth to abduct the spawn of the Celestial, Ego. But in this universe, Yondu outsourced the assignment to his subordinates.

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What if…? T’CHALLA BECAME A STAR-LORD? 

Synopsis

The Rough-and-tumble space pirates known as the Ravagers abduct T’Challa instead of Peter Quill 

Review

What If’s …? second episode titled What If…? T’Challa Became a Star-Lord? was a really fun yet an emotional ride, I found myself smiling throughout as hearing the late Chadwick Boseman play T’Challa was incredible and heartbreaking to know that this is his final performance as the Iconic Wakandan King. Overlooking this Galactic adventure is The Watcher( Jeffrey Wright) who again addresses the “What If..?” moment that created an alternate timeline in the multiverse. 

The exact moment in Episode two happens when Yondu outsources the assignment from Ego to retrieve Peter Quill from earth which is seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. He gives this assignment to the Ravagers and they mistakenly end up abducting T’Challa and ultimately erases the events seen in Black Panther and Guardians. 

 

What I loved is that instead of giving the viewers a remake of the first volume of the Guardians movie like they did with Captain Carter for The First Avenger, we’re given an entirely new story. Episode 2 really shows What If’s…? true potential is too create these Multiverse stories that are engaging and ultimately full of heart. 

The overall story is very much entertaining with plenty of Sci-fi elements fused with comedy and action. It is Guardians of the Galaxy however it switches the point of view from Quill to T’Challa, which impacts and changes the galaxy more than you’d think. Chadwick Boseman is at the centre of the episode playing T’Challa’s version of Star-Lord, his presence is heartbreaking but is truly cherished by the audience. He voices T’Challa who’s not confined to a Throne, so Boseman is able to explore this new swashbuckling Ravager hero who has helped make the galaxy a better place as they believe that T’Challa is basically a galactic Robin Hood.

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His charismatic presence also inspires everyone around him to do more and be better. Its astonishing to see how far his influence goes especially since he’s managed to change this versions Thanos. This goes to show as I previously said that rather replacing characters, episode two highlights certain changes that send ripples across the galaxy and ultimately show a side to characters that we never expected to see. 

Along for this galactic adventure are T’Challa’s team of Ravagers which are filled with familiar faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Michael Rooker( Yondu), Djimon Hounsou( Korath), Chris Sullivan( Taserface), Karen Gillen(Nebula), Josh Brolin(Thanos), Benicio Del Toro(The Collector), Ophelia Lovibond (Carina), Kurt Russell (Ego), John Kani( King T’Chaka), Danai Gurira( Okoye) and Carrie Coon, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Proxima Midnight and Ebony Maw from The Black Order.

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Speaking of Karen Gillan, this version of Nebula is no artificial machine but rather organic as in this timeline her relationship with her father is significantly changed to more of an embarrassing dad then what once was a genocidal monster. she’s in no pain so Gillan’s vocal performance is able to flirt and rendezvous with T’Challa. I Absolutely loved the heist style as Nebula’s design is absolutely gorgeous dressed to the nines and she’s now got some golden locks.

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T’challa’s relationship with Yondu also makes this episode a highlight as Rooker and Boseman work well together as they too share plenty of emotional senes together. 

The animation has continued to be high quality and this episode features neo-futuristic colours. Its visually high quality that captures comic book moments. 

Overall, this second episode is a major improvment. In Chadwick Boseman’s final performance as T’Challa, we get everything we loved about his performance of the character. This episode even serves as a reminder that no matter what reality, Boseman’s character is sure to leave a legacy of kindness, bravery, and loyalty. The episode wraps up nicely and provides a heartwarming conclusion for this what if scenario.

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Marvel’s What If…? is now streaming weekly on Disney+ every Wednesday.

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Marvel’s What If…?- Season 1 Episode 7 Review

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What If…?  is the latest Marvel Studios project to arrive on our small screens on Disney +.

The animated anthology series, created by Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia writer A.C. Bradley and Marvel vet Bryan Andrews flips the script on the MCU as following the creation of the multiverse in Loki’s first season finale, What If…? reimagines famous events from the films in unexpected ways.

What If..? is back with a brand new episode, for weeks we’ve been left sobbing and emotionally drained from watching our favourite MCU heroes suffer devastation after devastation. Following Killmonger’s rise to power last week, episode 7 puts Thor in the spotlight and certainly takes an upbeat approach, imagining what would have happed if Odin returned baby Loki to the Frost Giants and thus making Thor grow up as an only child, though no mention of her Majesty Cate Blanchett aka Hela The goddess of Death. 

More than battles won or lost, it’s relationships that truly define a hero. The people who shape them, their stories. Thor and Loki, a brotherhood so strong and pivotal, it would change the fate of a universe. Their childhood taught Thor many lessons. But in another universe, instead of raising the Jotunheim prince, Loki, as his own son, Odin returned him to his people. Without his trickster brother to keep things, let’s say, lively, Thor grew into a very different prince

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What If… Thor Were an Only Child?

Synopsis

Thor, who never learned to be a good hero, throws an out of control intergalactic party on Earth.

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Review

This was such a fun episode as it made me laugh from beginning to end. It also ends with an excellent cliffhanger, which seems to be setting up the epic finale. 

In this alternate Universe growing up without a pivotal relationship can really affect you as without Loki, Thor becomes a reckless Party Prince with a bad boy attitude. And when his father falls into Odinsleep and his mother Frigga goes away, Thor’s arrogance simply continues to grow as he decides to throw a huge party on Midgard aka Earth, where he believes Heimdall won’t be able to detect him. 

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Inviting all from the Nine Realms, he creates the biggest party ever witnessed on Earth. Many easter eggs and cameos appear thanks to the original actors voicing their characters. The standouts being Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, and Kat Dennings.

Also voicing their characters are Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Frank Grillo, Taika Waititi, Karen Gillan, Jaimie Alexander, Seth Green and Jeff Goldblum fabulously returning as the Grandmaster. 

Prince Loki of Jotunheim arrives in Las Vegas to join Thor’s party. He certainly towers over Thor and the other partygoers in his frost giant form.

With Thor taking over Earth with all his party-going antics, S.H.I.E.L.D step in to rain on his parade. Maria Hill uses Jane and Darcy to stop Thor however Jane hooks up with the God of Thunder, so Hill eventually calls upon someone with a bit more firepower, Captain Marvel. 

Both go head-to-head which creates an epic showdown with plenty of thunder and Lightning. But ultimately in the end there’s one relatable thing that does manage to stop Thor, his mother. Frigga who after being sought out by Jane arrives in the nick of time. 

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Her arrival prompts Thor to clean up his act, he enlists the help of his party guests to clean up Earth. As the episode comes to an end it shows that Thor and Jane’s relationship develops further as they both agree to go on a date. However there’s one thing The Watcher didn’t see, That Cliffhanger. Overall Episode 7 is a jam-packed one with delightful and crazy moments. 

 

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On an alternate Earth, the Joker tricks Superman into killing Lois Lane, which causes a rampage in the hero. Superman decides to take control of Earth, Batman and his allies will have to attempt to stop him.



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Gillian Jacobs, Anson Mount, Laura Bailey, Oliver Hudson, Kevin Pollack, Justin Hartley, Janet Varney, Anika Noni Rose

 

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On an alternate Earth, the Joker tricks Superman into killing Lois Lane, which causes a rampage in the hero. Superman decides to take control of Earth, Batman and his allies will have to attempt to stop him.

 

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Marvel’s What If…?- Season 1 Episode 4 Review

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What If…?  is the latest Marvel Studios project to arrive on our small screens on Disney +.

The animated anthology series, created by Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia writer A.C. Bradley and Marvel vet Bryan Andrews flips the script on the MCU as following the creation of the multiverse in Loki’s first season finale, What If…? reimagines famous events from the films in unexpected ways.

With each episode centred around different characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, What If…? has truly told each of the stories within different genres beginning with Captain Carter set in WWII, then a space heist with T’Challa’s Star-Lord, and last week an Avengers murder mystery with a shocking twist. 



Episode four takes my favourite Bleecker Street sorcerer, Dr. Stephen Strange and sees his origin retold and reshaped in this alternate universe. The Watcher is carefully keeping an eye on Strange as although a tiny bit different, Doctor Strange’s origin story from the 2016 movie is still here. The Nexus point aka The What If…? moment is that Christine and strange never parted ways. So this means instead of Strange going to his award ceremony alone on that tragic night, Christine was with him and unfortunately now in that car crash. 

This episode does a brilliant job of showing us the circumstances that would end up making Dr. Stephen Strange a much darker sorcerer in this alternate timeline. It truly was an emotional rollercoaster and definitely gives us hints on what we can hopefully expect In The Multiverse of Madness. 

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This episode is the most human one yet. The lessons episode four tell is that love can truly break more than just your heart , it can shatter your mind. Its a relentless heartbreaking story of love, grief and shows a fine line between devotion and delusion. 

“We have watched how one moment, one choice, can ripple across space and time, giving birth to new stories, heroes, whole universes. But what if it’s the wrong choice? What if the best of intentions has very strange consequences?”

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What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?

Synopsis

A grief-stricken Doctor Strange uses the Eye of Agamotto in a dangerous effort to change the past.

Review

The core of this what If…? episode takes place after the events of Doctor Strange with Stephen using the Eye of Agamotto in a desperate attempt to save the love of his life, Christine. He becomes consumed with finding a spell that can bring her back to life. 

A montage then occurs as Strange uses the time stone by changing realities and to save Christine. Unfortunately no matter how many times he goes through the loop, Christine dies no matter what he does, this is truly heartbreaking.

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This episode also features the returned MCU actors who lend their voices to their titular character. 

Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong and Tilda Swinton. The latter as the Ancient One who warns Strange about the laws of time travel and establishing that moments like these must happen and cannot be changed. So if Stephen did save Christine he would never find the mystic arts, never defeat Dormamu and ultimately Strange would never become the Sorcerer Supreme. 

Strange however refuses to give up and instead finds a way to defeat the laws of the universe.

Without spoiling any more, this episode perfectly represents the type of stories What If…? should continue with. It adds tons of depth and dimension to the character which ultimately is talking plenty of risks. We realise how far the manipulation of time can go, It shows just like Wanda that Stephen is so powerful that he too can alter the reality around him. Both Wanda and Strange have done this in order to safe the life of or preserve a love one. 

Episode 4 is definitely my favourite of the series so far.

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