Timelines Collide

“What if” showcases alternate realities due to a single change in realties


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On August 11 2021 marvel what if made its way into disney+ as the watcher follows and guides us through these parallel universes we haven’t answered the question What if.

Colin Ribaya, Staff Reporter

“What If” is a Disney+ hyped-up series that came out in August. 11, 2021, following the last episode of the Disney+ series called Loki.” The series explores alternative timelines in the multiverse that show what would have happened if major moments from the MCU films occurred differently throughout the timeline.

“What if” shows all the characters from the Marvel movies, not all of them are shown in the show. I think that they should have added more villains in the show like “Brotherhood villains” from the X-Men franchise or the Sinister Six from the spider-verse that would even out the tides in the multiverse. All the characters that are in Marvel’s“What If ” the tv show featuring Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as the Hydrastomper, Erik Kilmonger (Michael B. Jordan,) and T-Challa (Chadwick Boseman) I also like how they are based on the show from the movies when captain carter and steve rogers as the hydra stomper is on the train in the first movie captain America the first avenger. I’m glad that they added Chadwick Boseman’s voice-over before he passed away as this shows that Marvel cares and respects all the work he added to the franchise.

Based on the comics, “What if” follows Uatu the Watcher as he explores different parallel universes similar to the MCU world we know except for one key difference, it reimagines major characters including Iron man ( Robert Downy Jr.) Captain America (Chris Evans) Black Panther Chadwick Boseman) and events including the Avengers becoming zombies, which I thought was pretty cool, and the avengers disappeared unexpectedly due to a virus happening which would have been awesome if they added that as a movie related to “What If.”The aspect I liked in the show was that they implemented different characters, not just the Avengers, in the show which everyone thought it was going to be about. “What if” sometimes it is stylized, with, and is based on the comics. The show only follows the heroes despite the comics following villains and heroes. It would be more interesting if they added villains in the show and kept some of the heroes. For example, “What if” Thanos won the war and destroyed all the multiverses? That would be more interesting and spark more viewers.

On the other hand, “What If” is filled with action. Once I started watching, this amazing show I couldn’t stop continuously watching. Though I enjoyed it, there could have been some changes. I didn’t like that they didn’t add different Marvel villains from different realities.”Sure they had Ultron,” but we have already seen him in a movie. And it’s very odd for them to have only nine episodes; they would have had 10 episodes featuring Gamora sacrificing Thanos for the soul stone. The episodes were very short and they only came out every Wednesday. I think they could have changed how long each episode was, it was about 45 minutes long. They could have changed them to be an hour-long to add maybe some more detail to show what is going to happen in the next episode.

Overall, I really enjoyed the “What If” show even though I had a lot of opinions and questions on Marvel’s “what if”. I would recommend this show to anyone who loves Marvel and loves to watch tons of action. If you haven’t watched any Marvel movies you will be very confused about this show and what’s happening. The only flaw I have on this is that it’s a very fast-paced show not with a lot of episodes and not a second season. I am excited to see “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” that is coming out in 2023. It shows that the multiverse timelines expand and create alternative timelines that will explode and create new timelines.