The loss of Chadwick Boseman, and the MCU‘s T’Challa, has hit film and fans in ways we couldn’t have expected. Despite a relatively short tenure in the MCU, Boseman’s take on the iconic Black Panther was nothing short of seminal, setting the bar high for the superhero cause. In just three years, Boseman left an indelible mark on the MCU, and his influence is felt even today.
Straying a little further from Captain Carter, this second episode of What If…? isn’t as particularly seamlessly integrated into the MCU’s prior continuity. In a bit of a stretch, the Ravagers, delegated with a task by Yondu, end up recruiting a young T’Challa instead of Peter Quill… cue multiverse-wide rejoicing by fans who still blame Peter for the Blip.
But the bigger picture is the impact of T’Challa’s leadership and idealism. Say what you will about his forefathers’ decisions, T’Chaka must have raised the boy right if he could convince even Thanos to lay down his plans. This episode racks up even more fan-service references than the last, but the true beauty lands in the still-appropriate alternate lives led by the other could-be members of the Guardians of the Galaxy… especially Peter.
While this episode seems to be a lighthearted reprieve following the more serious one last week, it does tackle one of the biggest conundrums facing the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s larger plot points: the functionality of Thanos’ attempted genocide. More interestingly is how the universe seems fill the void of one tyrant, with just another…
While there’s clearly more to What If…? then we’ve been told, this some “quiet” episode (in big picture terms) interestingly points not to what we are being shown, but rather, what we aren’t being shown… like what’s happening with Gamora?
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