What If …? – 84% is being a success with the fans. In addition to allowing the viewer to explore possibilities that we would never otherwise see adapted, the animation also leaves room to be a bit darker and more mature. The most recent episode dedicated to Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, ended on a rather tragic note where the character’s foolishness and his refusal to get over the death of Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) caused the destruction of her universe. For many it was the best episode and one of the best stories told by Marvel, but the next chapter, dedicated to the zombies, could give him battle.
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The animated series of Marvel shows us our superheroes in contexts very different from the ones we know and prepares us for the idea of multiverses that started with the last episode of Loki – 96%. What is really interesting is knowing the important changes that occur when a single aspect of the story is changed, even if it seems minimal or not very relevant at that moment. We already saw Captain Carter taking the place of Captain America already T´Challa the one of Star lord, but the show changed course with the episode dedicated to Nick fury, where we see how his plans for the formation of the Avengers are collapsed by a strong resentment and a desire for revenge that also altered the course of another character that we saw in Ant-Man: Ant Man – 81%.
Of course, from the first preview, the fans are looking forward to the episode dedicated to the zombies and we can finally explore this world. With the antecedent of Doctor Strange, some are sure that the zombie chapter will also have a tragic end, which would not be unusual considering that the horror subgenre dedicated to these revived / infected usually ends very badly. In addition to the official images and posters that were unveiled a few days ago, Marvel just released a small teaser to keep the audience on their toes:
In addition to the obvious, the interesting thing is to see the universe from which it derives. We can see that the “normal” line, or the one we know, tells how Hulk was transported to the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War – 79% to warn humanity of the presence of Thanos, but here the line deviates and Bruce Banner return to a land invaded by zombies.
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It seems that the Avengers were not strong enough to defeat the zombies and we appreciate in these first images how Hombre de Hierro and Captain America become. It is possible that the reason a defense against zombies fails is that, at this point in the story, the Avengers are separated after what happened in Captain America: Civil War – 90%, so their lack of union could aggravate the situation for this disaster to happen. In addition, what happens with Thor and with his own Thanos who seeks to fulfill his plans to “save” the universe. The zombie invasion could leave Earth more vulnerable or it could be an example of destruction for the Titan.
Given that Hulk / Bruce Banner It seems the axis of this story, Mark Ruffalo returned for the role and shared a little more of the episode on his social networks:
If you’re still around, I hope you can keep a secret about tomorrow’s episode.
If you’re still here, I hope you can keep a secret about tomorrow’s episode of # WhatIf… pic.twitter.com/AhuZ8xHACM
– Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 7, 2021
Here Bruce does not meet Doctor Strange and Wong as it happens in the tape, but he himself intends to fight against the Black Order from Thanos, but it cannot be transformed into Hulk. Eventually the heroes get to fight… but things are not what they seem.
Zombies are no strange thing to Marvel, and that’s why fans were looking forward to this episode. In 2005 an exclusive horror series was published written by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by Sean Philips, where we see an alternate world (Earth-2149) where the heroes were transformed into zombies or were their food. The idea had already been seen in a Fantastic 4 comic written by Mark Millar, but it began to be explored further in this installment. In this case, the cause of the zombie infection is the arrival of a superhero from another planet who infects everyone upon reaching Earth.
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