Warning! Spoilers ahead for What if … from Marvel? end of season 1.
What if … from Marvel? The missing episode of Iron Man (Mike Wingert) and Gamora (Cynthia McWilliams) from season 1 carried over to season 2 creates a storytelling problem. Imagining what the Infinity Saga would look like if one item were changed, the MCU’s first animated series concluded with the introduction of the Guardians of the Multiverse. Like the Marvel Studios narrative format in Sacred Timeline, What if…?The ending was the culmination of everything that happened in its first eight episodes.
That meant that what appeared to be independent bows came together when the Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) was forced to intervene once it became clear that Ultron (Ross Marquand), wielder of the Infinity Stone, needed to be stopped. After hatching a plan with Doctor Strange Supreme (Benedict Cumberbatch), the cosmic entity traveled the multiverse to gather the Guardians of the Multiverse which included Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell), Star-Lord of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), King Killmonger (Michael). B. Jordan), Party Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a variant of Gamora (Cynthia McWilliams) and the evil sorcerer. Every featured hero was previously featured in the series, except for Gamora, who was with Iron Man on Nidavellir when she was recruited to the team.
Understandably, there were questions about this partnership, as it had not been addressed before in the Disney + project. Turns out his episode was pushed to What if…? season 2 after the coronavirus pandemic hampered work on the show. That’s a welcome development, as many are interested in how exactly the pair came together in the first place. However, this also poses a storytelling problem for Marvel Studios. As seen in What if…? Season 1, it seems like each year will end with a climactic event where all of its main characters will come together for a bigger mission. With Gamora already considering Guardians of the Galaxy’s first outing as a team, her origin story with Space Iron Man could feel out of place in the larger scheme of things in season 2.
The creators behind the animated series have openly expressed what fans can expect from What if…? season 2. While its debut year focused on revisiting the Infinity Saga, its subsequent narratives will include more of the Stage 4 settings. That means the stories that focus on Shang-Chi from Shang-Chi and the legends of the ten rings and Eternals of the next Eternal a movie is more likely to occur. As exciting as this, it would only further highlight how out of place the Iron Man and Gamora episode will be in the broadest sense. That’s assuming that at the end of Season 2, multiple universes will come together again for a climactic story. Otherwise, Marvel Studios may just sideline its departure entirely. After all, fans know the backstory on why he’s been delayed for What if…? season 2 anyway.
Regardless, it’s clear that viewers are eager to learn about the Iron Man and Gamora universe, especially since What if…? has a habit of killing the first one in every episode that appeared. The aforementioned missing exit seems like it’s the only story on the show so far that won’t see Tony Stark’s death. Given his survival, it is curious if there is any future for him beyond his upcoming adventures on Sakaar with Thanos’ adopted daughter.