Episode 6 of the series ‘What if …?’ (What if …) is out now on Disney +, following its oblique gaze of the Marvel Universe with new paths that would open up in the MCU if the movies had happened differently. This time we will be able to see Killmonger rescuing Tony Stark in one of the attacks he suffered.
The two main films involved on this occasion are ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Black Panther’, while the whole beginning revolves around the origin of Tony Stark’s superhero, the episode evolves as an appetizer to ‘Wakanda Forever’, with which we have many well-known returning voices such as Michael B. Jordan and the late Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, John Kani as King T’Chaka, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue and Danai Gurira as Okoye.
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The spark that changes the universe
Episode 6 is somewhat rushed and follows Erik Stevens’ military career, Killmonger, and how he infiltrates the Ten Rings to trick Tony Stark into using him to arm the terrorist organization. Stark is saved from the bomb that leads him to become Iron Man at the last second by Killmonger, so that Stark’s heart is never pierced by shrapnel and he is never forced to build a robot suit.
However, he chooses to continue making weapons as Killmonger further gains his trust by exposing Obadiah Stane as part of the kidnapping plot. Stark promotes Killmonger to Stane’s former position and invests in an old Killmonger idea to create mech-like drones that focus the key to the villain’s plan, concocting a complicated war plan to enter Wakanda and take over the country from within.
Of course, all of this happens at full speed, with deaths of great characters that do not leave much time to breathe or duel, leaving a sensation of exposure of the alternative reality that more than cinematographic seems the result of reading a treatment of the initial argument. Neither the details nor the dialogues are up to par, despite the fact that the idea of this reality is attractive and even leaves an open ending that would allow almost a new series with more interest than ‘Hawkeye’.
Infinite variables with a tendency to routine
Episode 6 is considered one of the weakest in the series, but the truth is that it does not offer many variations with the others and everything ends up depending on how interested you are in the chosen characters. The action and animation are still at a good level but the sketched script makes clearer the shortcomings of the Marvel animated experiment. Most episodes begin to follow a pattern in which the disturbed event does not matter a bit, and they become predictable within their proposals of specular reality, always curious.
The pace of the story is so fast and you can’t even breathe and considering your time limitation there doesn’t seem to be any other way but that urgency begins to leave the feeling that each new possibility is something anecdotal, and even predictable, since in this case, the story of Killmonger does not differ much from what we see in ‘Black Panther’. Perhaps the series is too flammable a fuel and helps the feeling that the waterspout of Disney + projects, no matter how much care and money is put into production, are burning the sensation of an event.
Each new proposal has an aroma of non-essential whim for fans that has no more value in itself than to imagine ways to stretch the universe and fill hours of footage, with an inescapable feeling that series like ‘What if. ..? ‘ make the perception of others to come like ‘Hawkeye’ be proposed for completists and very coffee growers, more than entity creations that could survive outside the comfort zone of the MCU itself and his apparatus to create artificial needs.