This article contains spoilers for the Season 1 finale of Wonder Studios’ What If…?
The climactic episode of Wonder’s sharp anthology sequence What If…? is now streaming on Disney+, bringing collectively lawful about every predominant personality and space thread from the complete first season in an all-out smackdown that seems to be to be indulge in something straight out of a amusing book book panel. Clearly, this being Wonder, do now not be too rapid to log off of Disney+ once the yarn ends—because there might maybe be a publish-credit ranking stinger.
After being returned to her possess universe by The Watcher on the explicit identical 2d from which she used to be on the starting up taken, Captain Peggy Carter is reunited on the side of her fellow SHIELD agent (and BFF) Natasha Romanoff. Whereas this offers a trim bookend to the legend, offered that this alternate timeline model of Captain The US: The Winter Soldier is how the episode opened, it very hasty diverges from that space.
Once Natasha has promptly knocked out Batroc the Leaper (who seems to be to be to win more lives in the MCU than a cat), she informs Peggy that she has discovered something in the depths of the ship: the Hydra Stomper from blueprint help in episode one. And that’s the reason now now not all. There’s any individual interior… Peggy’s wartime sweetheart, the serum-less Steve Rogers.
What does the What If…? Season 1 finale’s publish-credits scene imply?
On condition that the finale in actuality gave viewers an more than a few, abbreviated an analogous of the Infinity Saga, albeit with a numerous line-up of heroes, it’d be that the writers felt it could most likely most likely well add symmetry to forestall the book on season one in every of What If…? by giving Peggy the “overjoyed ending” she so desired with Steve, in an analogous model to how the 2 were reunited in Avengers: Endgame.
But furthermore it’s a ways imaginable that the writers intended for there to be a darker implication to this scene.
First, keep in mind that Steve’s storyline in that first episode very great echoed that of Bucky in Captain The US: The First Avenger. He used to be the valid pal and ally to Peggy who, in a 2d of self-sacrifice, fell from the prepare in nearly precisely the identical blueprint as Bucky did in the movie. Then there are the parallels on this episode with The Winter Soldier, which saw Captain The US study that his used pal is alive, but has been turned correct into a living weapon by HYDRA.
If the What If…? model of Steve has been a HYDRA prisoner all this time, it’d be likely that, must he be awoke, he might maybe well maybe be a brainwashed double agent.
How will this have an effect on Season 2?
We do now not know great about what Season 2 of What If…? might maybe be about. Will it proceed to watch the reports of the alternate realities explored in Season 1, or branch out to voice a series of entirely numerous reports? Exhausting to voice. But if the writers damage select to return to the arena of Captain Carter at any point, “What If… Steve Rogers Had been an Agent of HYDRA?” has a suitably substandard ring to it.
Philip Ellis is a contract creator and journalist from the UK defending pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ concerns.
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