What If…? season finale recap: Ending, post-credits scene defined for episode 9

What If…? season finale recap: Ending, post-credits scene explained for episode 9

Gamora makes her What If…? debut within the season 1 finale.

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After an Infinity Stone-empowered Ultron marched throughout the multiverse final week, episode 9 — the season finale — of alternate actuality Marvel Cinematic Universe animated sequence What If…? arrived on Disney Plus Wednesday. The lethal AI even beat up the all-seeing Watcher (Jeffrey Wright), revealing that the beforehand untouchable godlike being was susceptible.

Within the wake of that defeat, the determined Watcher turned to the corrupted Unusual Supreme to hunt his assist and we ask the query: What If… The Watcher Broke His Oath?

An entire multiverse of SPOILERS lies forward. 


Guardians of the Multiverse

The Watcher gathers a bunch of the heroes we have seen in earlier episodes — Captain Carter, Star-Lord T’Challa, Unusual Supreme, Killmonger, Occasion Thor and Age of Ultron Black Widow — for his anti-Ultron squad, plucking them from their universes at pivotal moments.

Captain Carter/Peggy (Hayley Atwell) apparently adopted the identical path Steve Rogers did within the mainline MCU, working as a SHIELD agent by the point Captain America: The Winter Soldier begins (shortly earlier than Hydra is revealed to have corrupted SHIELD for many years).

Guardians of the Multiverse in Marvel's What If...?

The Guardians of the Multiverse collect in probably the most heroic location: the pub.

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T’Challa (the late Chadwick Boseman) returned to Earth to rescue Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) from his Celestial father, Ego (Kurt Russell). Thor is battling Ultron drones in Las Vegas, whereas bemoaning the truth that they ruined his date with Jane Foster. 

The Wakanda-conquering Killmonger is grabbed as he prepares for his final stand in opposition to Shuri and Pepper Potts. This man is an enormous jerk and totally treacherous, so the Watcher selecting him appears questionable.

We’re additionally launched to a brand new model of Gamora (voiced by Cynthia McWilliams), one who defeated Thanos, stole his armor and destroyed the Infinity Stones with the Infinity Crusher — expertise that’ll seemingly be important in defeating the empowered Ultron. This universe’s Tony Stark briefly prepares to battle the Watcher, however the large man mainly says “Shut up Stark, you are not essential right here.” Tony might most likely do with listening to that extra typically.

Captain Carter, Black Widow and Ultron in Marvel's What If...?

Captain Carter and Black Widow double-shield Ultron.

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Taking over Infinity Ultron

The group prepares to confront Ultron in a barren wasteland actuality, and Thor by chance summons him early (as a result of he is an enormous dummy). T’Challa manages to seize the Soul Stone, they usually have a wild, reality-hopping battle that briefly sees Zombie Scarlet Witch making a return as Unusual summons a bunch of undead to distract Ultron.

The ultimate confrontation takes place within the ruined Age of Ultron universe, the place the heroes are joined by that actuality’s Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanoff, voiced by Lake Bell). The plan to destroy the stones fails as a result of the Infinity Crusher is tailor-made to destroy its actuality’s stones.

Natasha manages to defeat Ultron by infecting him with the AI copy of Hydra scientist Arnim Zola (Toby Jones), as she and the late Hawkeye beforehand tried.

Zola-Ultron in Marvel's What If...?

Zola-Ultron confronts Killmonger.

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The villains’ betrayal

Predictably, Killmonger and Zola each make grabs for the Infinity Stones. Killmonger causes that they will use them to repair their worlds, and prepares to slaughter the heroes after they refuse to go together with his plan.

“Oh, no no no. I’m afraid that armor belongs to me,” says Zola, now accountable for Ultron’s physique.


Zola’s torso face is a basic comedian ebook picture.

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He manifests within the torso, very similar to he historically seems in his robotic kind within the comics. This picture all the time appeared a bit too bizarre for the live-action motion pictures, so it is unbelievable that this present gave chest-Zola an opportunity to shine.

At this level, Unusual Supreme realizes that the heroes’ true function was to “separate the stones from the physique,” which provides him the prospect to lure Zola-Ultron, Killmonger and the stones in a pocket dimension.

Residence once more, largely

Unusual Supreme agrees to look at over the trapped villains and ensure they do not escape. Since Unusual is already in a pocket dimension, it is basically a pocket dimension inside a pocket dimension.

Many of the others are returned to their realities in the mean time they left. Since Black Widow from the Age of Ultron actuality is the final individual alive there, she understandably refuses to return. As an alternative, she’s despatched to the universe the place Black Widow and a bunch of different Avengers candidates had been slain by Hank Pym, and defeats the world-conquering Loki.

Captain Carter in Marvel's What If...? finale post-credits

Peggy gazes upon the present’s post-credits season 2 setup.

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Put up-credits

Extra mid-credits, however you get it. Peggy suggests she be returned to World Struggle II as a reward (very similar to Steve Rogers went again in Avengers: Endgame), however the Watcher convinces her that she’s wanted in trendy occasions. Again to the SHIELD vessel, her universe’s Black Widow reveals that she’s discovered a transport container that’ll curiosity Peggy.

Peering in, she sees the Hydra-Stomper armor. And there is apparently somebody inside.

Presumably that is Steve Rogers, whom Peggy thought she’d left behind when she traveled to trendy occasions after leaping right into a time portal to battle Hydra’s champion again in WWII (that is an advanced sentence).

It is unclear what the cope with Steve is — it is potential he was captured by Hydra after WWII. If he aged usually, he’d be in his mid-90s by this level, however he could have been stored in cryogenic stasis (like Bucky Barnes). The Hydra-Stomper was initially powered by the Tesseract, which contained the Area Stone, so it is potential Hydra is harnessing residual vitality from that.

Presumably, this plot level will likely be resolved in season 2.

Observations, WTF questions and Easter eggs

  • What had been the precise penalties of the Watcher interfering? He did not find yourself in his supervisor’s workplace or something (no less than so far as we noticed).
  • If Peggy was misplaced in time, who co-founded SHIELD in her actuality?
  • Peggy and Natasha have an superior rapport within the scenes riffing on the occasions of The Winter Soldier, and Peggy’s stealth go well with (with the white Union Jack) is tremendous cool.
  • Natasha means that Bernard in accounting is thinking about Peggy. She makes the same remark about Lillian from accounting as a potential date for Steve in The Winter Soldier.
  • The heroes’ first goal is to seize the Soul Stone and ship it to Gamora. Within the mainline MCU, Thanos sacrifices Gamora to acquire it in Avengers: Infinity Struggle (and Natasha later sacrifices herself to get it in Endgame).
  • The sweeping shot of the heroes gathered through the battle with Ultron mirrors the same second within the first Avengers film
  • Did Peggy suppose Steve died within the interval between WWII and her arrival in trendy occasions?

That is it for this season of What If …?, however season 2 is confirmed and can probably arrive in 2022 or 2023. You do not have to attend that lengthy to your subsequent dose of Marvel, although — Eternals hits theaters Nov. 5, and Hawkeye kicks off on Disney Plus Nov. 24.

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