While Marvel heroes rarely die on screen or stay dead for long, that hasn’t been the case with the Disney Plus animated series What If …? – 84%. So far, the show has featured a series of timelines across the franchise’s multiverse where various Avengers have met their end in horrible ways. Character mortality is becoming a huge part of this production as its first season progresses, and the series is becoming much more interesting as a result.
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However, the recent episode of What If …? has raised controversy for a reason related to the fact that the series does not skimp on deaths. It’s a bit ironic, because fans remember that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Quicksilver’s death in Avengers: Age of Ultron – 75% was the only occasion in which the studio had dared to do something else, and that also raised suspicions among fans because it was Pietro Maximoff, a character that Marvel Studios was not going to classify as a mutant because the rights of the X-Men had them Fox.
By the time Avengers: Infinity War arrived – 79% and Avengers: Endgame – 95% saw the death of Loki, Vision, Iron Man and many moments as “dark” as these within what the franchise considers suitable for a large number of audiences. Despite this, and as we said, their heroes rarely die on screen so we already have Vision and Loki back who have managed to return in various ways on different occasions to participate in new stories. What the MCU did with its zombie episode in the animated series is completely different and fans took notice, too.
The fifth episode of the season of What If …? that aired recently presents a much more gloomy timeline than the previous ones. As with other episodes, the story draws heavily on certain events from the movies that are part of the franchise, but the series took a very specific horror turn with this one. According to Syfy, the fifth episode begins with a sample of Avengers: Infinity War when the Hulk falls to Earth through the Bifrost and lands in the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City. The Bruce of this universe is scared because Thanos just kicked his butt, but instead of being greeted by the sorcerer and Wong, he finds the place empty.
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As he wanders in search of other people, he realizes that newcomers Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian may have been sent to finish him off. Later, when Iron Man appears, it seems that the day is saved but in reality he realizes that he, Strange, and Wong are actually zombies. Then Wasp and Spider-Man appear, but it is she who remains fighting the undead while the wall-crawler helps Hulk out of there.
Until that part there is no problem, but at the end of the episode the fans, who at one point in the episode were surely celebrating for the female representation, ended up disappointed to learn that of all the women who appeared in the history of the zombies, those who had dialogues were killed. Of 10 character roles that speak in the episode, only 3 were women, as users on Twitter highlight. Besides Wasp, there were also Okoye and Sharon Carter, among others; in this case they had the voices of the actresses who interpret them in live-action films.
The name of the series prompts fans on Twitter to wonder things like What if Marvel women didn’t keep dying? o What if women weren’t ruined by writers? The reception of the episode was positive in other aspects, but in this case the study was even accused of the treatment it gives to its female characters, which must be recognized, sometimes it seems that it does not realize that they can also be great heroes. Several users were more direct when referring to what Marvel does with the term “fridging” (women in refrigerators) which refers to a trope from the world of superheroes where female characters are always injured, raped, killed or stripped of their powers , depending on what the writer on duty proposes, as a plot device in favor of the arc of the male characters. And it is also common in comics for female superheroes to be murdered, often in a sexualized way.
Marvel’s What if we kill all the female characters? I hate this episode .. Also the “jokes”, God ..
“Marvels What if we killed all the female characters?” #WhatIfzombies #Marvel #MarvelStudios I hate this episode .. Also the “jokes” jeez …
– CriticalChaosTheory (@CritcalChaos) September 8, 2021
I have mixed feelings about What If …? Marvel Zombies. As if it is fine because the book itself is not the most spectacular. But SPOILER ALERT … and women die in this episode … so that’s not cool. She-Hulk didn’t eat the Richards kids either, so she was meh.
I have mixed feelings about what if… marvel zombies. Like it was ok cause the book itself isn’t the most spectacular thing. But SPOILER ALERT… and the women die in this ep… ..so that’s not great. Also no She-Hulk eating the Richards children so it gets a meh 🤷🏼♀️
– ✨Ace GoodHeart✨ (@OneTrueKayla) September 11, 2021
And if … the women of Marvel didn’t keep dying.
Marvel’s What If … women didn’t keep dying, tf
– Leah Marilla Thomas (@leahmarilla) September 8, 2021
Spoiler for the episode What If / Zombies…
1) Marvel needs more female characters. Of the 10 roles that speak, only 3 are women.
2) None of those 3 women survive until the end of the episode. Come on, writers, do better.
Spoiler for the What If / Zombies episode…
1) Marvel needs more women characters. Of the 10 speaking roles, only 3 are women.
2) None of those 3 women survive to the end of the episode. C’mon, writers, do better.
– Sean K Reynolds – Wear a mask, people! (@seankreynolds) September 9, 2021
It would also have been nice if they at least let one of the women survive.
also would’ve been nice if they at least let one of the women survive #WhatIf
– marlene (@akamarvros) September 8, 2021
They really killed all the women. What was THAT about?
they really k! lled off all the women what was THAT about? #WhatIf pic.twitter.com/8mxuRucn9F
– THEE doll! (@osnapitzmario) September 8, 2021
Sorry. Did you have to put ALL the women in refrigerators? And don’t even make me talk about what they did to Sam and Bucky.
I’m sorry did #WhatIf have to fridge ALL of the women ?? And don’t even get me started on what they did to Sam and Bucky 😫
– Bronagh ✨ (@ incorrectctspn1) September 8, 2021
Hank Pym, Vision and Stephen Strange They can go to hell !!! You all caused all that devastation for the women who ended up dead.
Hank Pym, Vision, & Stephen Strange y’all can go to hell !!! #WhatIf y’all caused all that devastation for women that were dead
– Miles Morales (@_DeauxDeaux_) September 9, 2021
So #WhatIf is fun and all, but the last three episodes focus on outwitting the women of the story and if that could please stop.
So #WhatIf is fun and all, but the last three episodes all center around fridging the women in the story and if that could stop pls.
– Hannele (@blagh) September 9, 2021
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