A Review on the First Episode of Marvel's What If Series

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What If Episode One

It would be an understatement when I say that Marvel’s What of is the best series of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). It represented a different timeline where, instead of Steve Rogers, Captain Carter took the super-soldier serum and became a super-soldier. We noticed various new things along with some of the same events that took place in the 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger. So, join me on this journey and ponder the question. What if?

Heads up for the spoilers

To begin with, the episode starts with The Watcher (a being whose only job is to observe everything in the universe but never interfere) introducing us to a new reality, where, instead of Steve Rogers, Agent Carter took the super-soldier serum. The Watcher explains how a different universe/timeline is formed. The origin of such extreme timelines is a nexus event. In this episode, Agent Carter’s nexus event was to stay with Steve Rogers, while in the original movie, she was recommended to have a seat in the booth. With that nexus event, everything changed. She became a super soldier; she rescued Bucky Barnes and his battalion from the Hydra and got the Tesseract way before, which gave Howard Stark access to unlimited energy, and he creates an Iron Man suit way before Tony and gave it to Steve Rogers to fight along with Agent Carter.

What do I think of this episode?

Well, as a self-certified marvel geek, I would like to say that this episode was way exceptional and I couldn’t help my excitement. This episode was filled with humor, drama, action, adventure, and a lot more unexpected things. The voice actors did a great job, though most of the actors didn’t reprise their roles, such as Chris Evans, the one who played Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger. Despite that, the voice actors did a great job, and we loved their dub. Now coming to the fact that this is the first animated series by the MCU. We fans had a minor commotion in mind regarding this decision by Marvel. What if it ruins the fun? What if the animation didn’t meet our expectations, what if it disturbs the timeline? And various other questions, but the first episode, “What if Agent Carter were the first Avenger?” assured the fans that this was going to be a fun ride with a lot to come down the line.

Some questions from the first episode:

Q1. What will happen to Steve Rogers?

Ans1. We don’t know, but here’s one thing that we know for sure. He’s not a super-soldier, so he will lead a normal mortal life and will definitely age like a regular person.

Q2. What about Bucky Barnes?

Ans2. Nothing about him. He will never be a winter soldier, as Agent Carter saved him from falling off the train. The scene had an Easter egg when Bucky says, “you nearly took my arm off”.

Q3. Who was the creature at the end?

Ans3. Red Skull refers to him as the “Champion of Hydra”, but according to some of the fan theories, it’s "Shuma-Gorath", an interdimensional being that will stop anything he comes across. A dangerous creature.

Q4. What will happen to Agent Carter?

Ans4. As we saw in the episode, Agent Carter sacrifices herself and takes that creature with her into his dimension. But in the end-credit scene, we saw her returning to the current timeline unharmed, after 70 years. The same concept was shown in Captain America: The First Avenger. To summarize, the first episode of Marvel’s "What if" was a blast and we cannot wait to see more such astonishing episodes. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Marvel fan or not, dive into an alternative universe of infinite possibilities and ponder the question, What if…?

Piyush Goel
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