Marvel What if...? Episode 1 Review: "MCU Alternate Multiverse Timeline Starts"

Marvel’s latest phase four project What If….? has finally arrived. The series will answer some of the craziest questions regarding multiverses and the existence of different timelines. There will be many alternate realities that are going to be explored, and it is certain that each one will be a different take on some of the famous storylines in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Marvel Comics. To sum it up, “What If...?” will focus on untold stories in which the characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe experience different fates and storylines than they normally faced. It was released on Disney+hotstar and is available for streaming.

Marvel What if episode 1 Review

The first episode of the series was all about Peggy Carter. To be precise, it dealt with Captain Carter (the name assumed by Peggy Carter after being injected with the super soldier serum). It was reported that Captain Carter will be making an appearance in the subsequent episodes as well, as was evident from the two trailers that were released, showing her conversing with Dr. Strange in one and fighting a tentacled monster, who we now know to be Shuma Gorath in another. Read on to find out what happened in the first episode of Marvel’s What If….?


The events in the episode are mostly the same as that of the first Captain America movie, with one big exception however. Steve Rogers gets injured before he is able to take the Super Soldier Serum, which then leads Peggy Carter to step in instead. She therefore becomes Captain Carter and faces additional challenges due to being a woman. The episode shows some of the struggles women faced in war-time America. However, Carter manages to overcome this and proves herself a capable soldier, securing the Tesseract. This Tesseract powers the Hydra Stomper armor which is worn by Steve Rogers. The Hydra Stomper was created by Howard Stark with the help of the Tesseract, and is similar to the Mach 1 Iron Man armour.

Marvel What if episode 1 Review

Meanwhile, we see Johann Schmidt, aka Red Skull rise through HYDRA’s ranks, gaining power and seeking destruction similar to the movie. Captain Carter and her team decide to take him down to end his plans of using Hydra to dominate the world. Red Skull manages to release a massive creature that he created using the Tesseract, and is eventually killed by it. After Red Skull is crushed by the Hydra monster, Captain Carter battles it with a sword, struggling at first. Steve is able to distract the beast for a moment before his Hydra Stomper suit runs out of power. Carter has to ultimately sacrifice herself by pushing the monster back through the portal. She is then trapped within the Tesseract until it is opened by Nick Fury 70 years later.

Once rescued from the Tesseract, Carter believes that the war is still going. She does not know about the amount of time that has passed. Nick Fury and Hawkeye then explain the reality of her situation. This is a parallel to the scene shown in the Captain America movie, that shows Steve waking up after being frozen for 70 years, thinking it’s still war-time America.

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This article is contributed by Pranav.

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