MCU Review: What If…? – Episode 3

by Miller C. Lashbrook

Each episode of this fantastic animated show from Marvel has done something different. The first episode focuses on the difference that staying in the room can make. The second episode addresses nature versus nurture and the difference one being can make. This episodes thesis seems to be about the impact that one person’s death can make, and in this case a negative impact. This episode hits emotionally, but in a different way.

SPOILERS AHEAD

While I do not think this episode was on the level of the amazing episode two, this episode has a statement to make and it makes it. Seeing Hank in the Yellow Jacket costume, in the middle of a mental breakdown, is a wonderful homage to his history as a character in the comics as a founding Avenger and a sometimes villain. I don’t know if we will ever get the story of what happened to Hope, but I would be very intrigued to see what mission it was, just as I am eager to see what the future of this world looks like where the founding Avengers are seemingly Cap, Fury, and Carol, a very military heavy line-up.

I do not have as much to unpack from this episode but overall I really enjoyed it and love the comics references and recreations of phase 1 moments. 4/5 Exploding Hulks 🤢💥

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