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WHAT IF…? S1 E8 ‘Ultron Won?’ review – I think it’s time to call the Avengers!

I guess I can finally say that “we’re in the endgame now”. Oh boy, I’ve been waiting for so long to get that chance! Okay, now past the doom and gloom. Well not so fast, as most of the episodes in this first season of What If…?, this newest installment is of course a bit of a downer. There is a glimmer of hope, one that shines very brightly by the end of the episode and will leave you cheering.

Where we left off last week and how it had that surprise ending, you would think this was a continuation of it. Well, it is and it isn’t, which in itself is hard to explain. You just have to watch last week’s episode and then this new one and put the pieces together at this point. I hate spoiling things for people (I only do that to enemies). Anyway, this new multiverse is if Ultron was able to finish his ultimate body (Vision) in The Cradle. The Avengers were not able to stop him this time, all except for Nat and Clint were killed (once again, no happiness for Steve or Tony. Honestly, I would be surprised at this point if there was a universe they were happy in). The main strange part is no Maximoff twins at all in this universe, which I guess could be a good thing (we all remember how the zombie episode went with them). 

Other than when Doctor Strange went a bit evil after losing his heart, this is probably (now) the most intense episode yet. The Watcher finally has to intervene, and he very much wants to the whole time. All of it made me nervous and excited seeing how everything was playing out, from Nat having The Red Guardian’s shield (which was amazing! She wielded it like a BOSS), to STEVE ROGERS SWORN INTO OFFICE (a very small side note that they didn’t think we would notice, BUT WE DID!). We also even get a view of what would have happened if the roles had been switched in Avengers: EndGame, trust me when I say, you’re gonna want to see it for yourself (it wasn’t as sad, and maybe should have happened in our universe…?). In all honesty, there is just too much to talk about for this episode and a crazy amount of endless possibilities. 

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We were all treated to so much good in this episode, even with the all over sadness with awfulness sprinkled on top. I am so pumped for the season finale, it looks like we will be getting to see our favorites we’ve had from this whole season (fingers crossed for Peter Parker and T’Challa Star Lord to come back). Like every episode, we get to hear some familiar voices. Sadly, we only get three actors who came back to do their own voices, Jeremy Renner, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Jones. If you want to finally catch up on this wild ride of a show, you can catch the finale episode of What If…? Next Wednesday and all previous episodes on Disney+. 

What If…? is only available on Disney+ with new episodes premiering every Wednesday!  

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Ali Raphael
Ali Raphael
Ali is a professional workaholic but likes to add more to her plate by reviewing comics/books/ tv shows/movies and anime. In every other waking moment, she breathes books, manga and anything Marvel. Every day she wishes she was a Part-Time Avenger, instead of a full-time Target employee.

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