What if…? Web Series | Review

MARVEL Entertainment is famous for it’s inspiring and emotional movies and tv series, but do you know MARVEL has also recently made an animated tv show “WHAT IF…?”. In this article, we are going to talk about the latest MARVEL series WHAT IF…? in detail.

INTRODUCTION

  • MARVEL is associated with Disney+ Hotstar and has started making tv series for them since early 2018.
  • In 2019 April, after the release of AVENGERS: ENDGAME, MARVEL announced the production many tv series including WHAT IF…?.
  • WHAT IF…? Basically, it shows the multiverse and possible outcomes of some famous situation if they had occurred differently.
  • WHAT IF…? is a canon MARVEL tv series which has some episodes relevant for information in upcoming movies.
  • Jeffrey Wright appears as watcher who narrates the episodes of “WHAT IF…?”.

GENERAL INFO

  • GENRE : Superhero action/adventure, SCI-FI
  • DIRECTED BY : Bryan Andrews
  • LENGTH OF EPISODES : 30-37 MINS
  • PRODUCTION COMPANY : Marvel Studios
  • RELEASE : August 2021
  • EPISODES : 9
  • SEASONS : 1 (2nd in production)
  • MCU PHASE : 4
  • PRODUCTION ORIGIN : United Kingdom
  • AVAILABLE ON : Disney + hotstar
  • IMDB : 7.4/10

CAST

  • Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter/ Agent Carter
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky/ Winter Soldier
  • Chadwick Boseman as Star Lord T’Challa
  • Josh Brolin as Thanos
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/ Hawkeye
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/ Hulk
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/ Dr Strange
  • Benedict Wong as Wong
  • Paul Rudd as Antman
  • Hudson Thames as Peter Parker/ Spider Man
  • Lake Bell as Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow
  • Mick Wingert as Tony stark/ Iron Man

RELEASE

  • WHAT IF…?’ was first stream on Disney + on August 11 2021.
  • First season consisted of 9 episodes that were released on weekly basis and the last episode on 6 October 2021.
  • WHAT IF…?’ season 1 is the part of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) phase 4.
  • EP1 : 11 AUG 2021
  • EP2 : 18 AUG 2021
  • EP3 : 25 AUG 2021
  • EP4 : 1 SEPT 2021
  • EP5 : 8 SEPT 2021
  • EP6 : 15 SEPT 2021
  • EP7 : 22 SEPT 2021
  • EP8 : 29 SEPT 2021
  • EP9 : 6 OCT 2021

EPISODES

Episode 1

  • WHAT IF…? AGENT CARTER WERE THE FIRST AVENGER?
  • Steve Rogers was to become the world’s first super soldier, but he is attacked and instead Penny receives the serum and becomes the super soldier.
  • Howard stark builds a shield and armored suit. Penny and Steve fight many villains, where in one of them Steve goes missing.
  • They stop redskull who uses tesseract to open portal and bring inter-dimensional creatures but is stopped by them.
  • After 70 years, Penny finds herself meeting nick fury and Hawkeye.

Episode 2

  • WHAT IF… T’CHALLLA BECOMES STAR LORD?
  • Ego sends a group called ‘RAVAGERS’ to bring back his son Peter Quill, but instead they bring WAKANDA prince T’Challa.
  • T’Challa is also called Star lord when he grows up and finds out that Wakanda was destroyed and convinces Thanos to work with him as well.
  • Nebula offers the Ravagers to capture Embers of Genesis from Tivan.
  • T’Challa finds out Wakanda still exists and Nebula fights along with Carina to retract the Ember of genesis.

Episode 3

  • WHAT IF… WORLD LOST ITS MIGHTIEST HEROES?”
  • Nick fury starts to assemble the avengers under S.H.I.E.L.D, but all the superheroes are killed in the process.
  • Tony Stark is injected by Natasha and killed mysteriously, Thor is killed with an arrow from Hawkeye and in jail he also dies, hulk’s body explodes like a balloon and Natasha is assassinated in a fight.
  • Loki arrives at Earth to rule but later he and Nick Fury decide to fight against Hank Pym who was behind these murders to avenge S.H.I.E.L.D for his wife’s death.
  • They defeat him and Loki stays in Earth to rule.

Episode 4

  • WHAT IF… DR STRANGE LOST HIS HEART INSTEAD OF HIS HANDS?”
  • Strange’s love Dr Palmer dies in a car crash and learns mystic art to revive her back.
  • He uses his time stone to bring her back but fails continuously. He is told ancient one that this cannot be undone and is reality.
  • Ancient one sets two Strange: one that accepts her death and other with dark powers.
  • The dark one absorbs the good one and destroys the universe in attempt to bring palmer back.

Episode 5

  • WHAT IF… ZOMBIES?
  • Hank Pym after returning from Quantum realm brings out a zombie apocalypse when injected by Janet.
  • Vision is showed as he cannot become a zombie as he could turn himself from his mind stone. He also feeds infected Wanda with pieces of T’Challa.
  • Vision dies to give his mind stone to Peter Parker and hulk dies in battle with Wanda so others could escape.
  • Survivors leave for Wakanda where they meet zombie thanos.

Episode 6

  • WHAT IF…KILLMONGER RESCUED TONY STARK?
  • In Afghanistan when Tony is rescued by Killmonger, he gains the special post as it was previously given to happy.
  • Killmonger gains the trust of Tony and with the help of vibranium builds a new suit. In the dealing of this metal Rhodie and cameo of T’Challa gets killed.
  • Tony goes to confront Killmonger but is killed too, Killmonger plays a double-sided game with US army and Wakanda.
  • He goes onto gain respect from the king and becomes new Black Panther.

Episode 7

  • WHAT IF…THOR WERE AN ONLY CHILD?
  • Odin gives an abandoned child Loki which he found to the Laufey. Thor is the only son and all he does is enjoy.
  • Jane Foster meets Thor and their bond develops. While S.H.I.E.L.D tries to stop Thor’s actions. Captain Marvel and Thor have a battle and Thor defeats her.
  • Foster calls Thor’s mom with the help of Heimdall and Thor decides to go back after a date with her but interrupted by vision-ultron.

Episode 8

  • WHAT IF… ULTRON WON?
  • Ultron defeats the Avengers and gets the body of vision. Thanos arrives on Earth but is still defeated by Ultron and loses all the stones.
  • Watcher from multiverse is attacked by Ultron, Hawkeye and Natasha are survived, they try to stop but fail to do so.
  • Ultron defeats watcher from different universes and watcher plans to take help from Strange supreme to for peace.

Episode 9

  • WHAT IF…THE WATCHER BROKE HIS OATH?
  • Watcher brings different characters from previous episodes to stop Ultron and name them as “GUARDIAN OF MULTIVERSE”.
  • Natasha and Zola destroy Ultron but Killmonger betrays to use infinity stones for his own use.
  • Watcher then returns them back to universe, Zola and killmonger gets stuck in an infinite loop.

AWARDS

  • Annie Awards for best editorial tv/media- WINNER
  • Critic’s choice television awards was given for best animated series-WINNER

FUTURE

  • In Feb 2021 a documentary Marvel studio: Assembled was announced.
  •  In Nov 2021 Marvel Zombies series was announced.
  • 2nd season is expected to release in 2022.

REVIEW

  • WHAT IF…? is an entertaining marvel studios tv series who tries to fulfil the exceptional hopes of fans.
  • The pacing of show is quite of concern if the length of episodes were longer, better display of content had been showed.