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November 24, 2021

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Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Florence Pugh,

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Series based on the Marvel Comics superhero Hawkeye, centering on the adventures of Young Avenger, Kate M. Bishop, who took on the role after the original Avenger, Clint Barton.

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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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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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Marvel’s What If…?- Season 1 Episode 6 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.



This weeks episode of Marvel’s What If…? truly changes key moments from the movie that started it all. Ever since Iron Man was released in 2008, Tony Stark has been a fan favourite for many, including myself. He’s gone from being a Playboy, billionaire, philanthropist to a hero who’s willing to sacrifice it all. Though my question is What If…?  you just stopped killing Tony Stark in nearly every episode. 

“Without Tony’s fateful capture in Afghanistan the Age of Iron Man would never come to pass. Though the man was saved, a hero was lost, and a villain was given a new chance

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What If… Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?

Synopsis

An American soldier called Killmonger rescues Tony Stark when his Humvee is attacked in Afghanistan.

Review

This latest chapter lacked the emotional depth of the previous episodes and is probably one of the flattest out of the series so far. However it works by giving the viewers more of the charismatic Black Panther villain Killmonger. He’s a fascinating, eerily timed villain. What If…? used the character to tell a commentary on war, power, ambition and the extreme lengths he goes to in order to portray the hero. 

In this episode Tony (Mick Wingert) is never kidnapped, nor has his heart been pieced with shrapnel which was depicted in the first Iron Man film in 2008, Instead he’s saved and rescued by Killmonger in the desert. This unfortunate moment erases all that’s Iron Man as Stark never built his first Iron armoured suit in the cave and he unfortunately never learns his lesson as he continues to make weapons. Killmonger also reveals Obadiah Stane’s plan to have Tony assassinated, which earns Tony’s trust as a suspicious Pepper Potts watches from the sidelines. 

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Stark promotes Killmonger to Stane’s old position and he invests in an idea of Killmongers to create vibranium mech-robots. This is where we start to see Killmongers true intentions as his kill count goes up. He’s essentially the puppet master who’s orchestrating an ambitious war between Wakanda and it’s real-world allies. 

The pacing during this episode was rather fast, in many ways it works for an exhilarating ride but when some of our favourite heroes die unfortunate deaths, we don’t get to catch a breath as it’s a race to the twisted ending. 

Episode 6 shows us how dangerous Erik Killmonger can be with his deceptive and mischievous ways. It’s dark and twisted with heavy consequences as little by little the villains starts to win. 

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Marvel’s What If…?- Season 1 Episode 5 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. Bradleyand 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.

In last weeks episode of What If…?, Marvel took an extremely dark and somber turn as Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) doomed the entire universe.



The dark streak continues in episode five of the animated series, as it truly leans into the more horror/gruesome tropes. Set during the events of Infinity War, episode five offers a totally difficult challenge as earths surviving heroes take on the Undead Avengers as Marvel Studios introduces us to ZOMBIES!!

The Watcher brings us to a universe where our Mighty Saviours are now the destroyers. It’s very reminiscent of The Walking Dead as these zombies are unambiguous and empty shells all wanting to do one thing to feast on flesh. 

Turning all of Earth’s mightiest Heroes into flesh-eating monsters has giving the MCU new abilities and challenges, they get to play with new styles and tones which have never been seen in a marvel project before. 

Two weeks earlier, Dr. Hank Pym journeyed into the Quantum Realm, searching for his long-lost wife. But in this universe, Janet van Dyne contracted a quantum virus that corrupted her brain. So when she finally reunited with her husband after thirty long years…”

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What If… Zombies?!

Synopsis

When The Avengers are infected by a zombie plague, surviving heroes search for a cure.

Review

The “What If…?” moment that causes Zombies is Hank Pym traveling to the Quantum Realm to rescue his wife Janet Van Dyne. Though he discovers that she’s picked up a nasty virus, which when they return runs rampant and infects the larger population. As the Avengers fall so does Bruce Banner, he falls straight through the Sanctum’s staircase with a warning that Thanos is coming. 

Bleecker Street is deserted, so Bruce is left to wander. Soon enough as seen in Infinity War he encounters members of the Black Order and, like in the film, is unable to transform back into the Hulk to fight them. 

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Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Wong show up to fight, however alarm bells start ringing as Bruce realises that they are now Zombies. 

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The episode then sees the surviving superheroes banding together to find a cure. The only ones who managed to save themselves  are Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Hudson Thames), Okoye (Danai Gurira), Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Happy (Jon Favreau), Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and Hope (Evangeline Lilly). 

Spider-Man is filming zombie survival videos from New York rooftops, involving Happy hilariously. Thanks to all the movies Peter has watched, his cinematic brain helps the remaining Avengers fight off Zombies and ultimately stay safe for the time being. I absolutely loves Peter’s Zombie guides.

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As the episode proceeds, trouble and losses increase and the remaining Avengers have to find a solution to put a stop to this massacre, as Earth’s Deadliest Heroes awaken. 

The Zombie angle is certainly an interesting take and I’m thrilled that these decaying heroes still retain their powers and abilities, which make for some fun encounters. This episode also feature tons of undead horror, especially when seeing iconic characters being torn, ripped and chopped apart. The bloody consequences truly bring something new to the MCU table.

This episode truly seems pulled and inspired from Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s Marvel Zombies: Resurrection comic book series.

The Zombies have Assembled and are now streaming on Disney +

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