Warning: Comprises SPOILERS for Marvel’s What if…? episode 9.
Marvel’s What If…? season 1 has come to an finish, and the season finale ends with a curious post-credits scene that twists Captain America’s Avengers: Endgame ending for Captain Carter. The animated MCU has been primarily composed of remoted one-off tales set in numerous realities of the Marvel multiverse, however episode 9 unites a crew of characters from throughout the season to battle Ultron because the Guardians of the Multiverse. The crew contains What If…?’s Star-Lord T’Challa, Killmonger, Gamora, Get together Thor, Unusual Supreme, and naturally, Captain Carter.
The character of Captain Carter is launched in What If…? episode 1, which reveals a universe the place Peggy Carter, not Steve Rogers, acquired the unique tremendous soldier serum. In that timeline, Steve dons an Iron Man-style mech go well with known as the Hydra Stomper to assist Peggy battle unhealthy guys. Similar to within the authentic Captain America film, Captain Carter finally ends up getting stolen out of her time after defeating Hydra and relocated to the current day, the place she joins SHIELD and continues her heroic efforts world wide.
After serving to the Watcher defeat Ultron as a part of the Guardians of the Multiverse, Captain Carter asks if she will be able to return to her authentic time interval and be with Steve. However the Watcher denies her request. As an alternative, he places her proper again the place she began the What If…? season 1 finale – on the ship from the start of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. However after taking down the terrorists on board with Black Widow, Peggy discovers that Steve may really be alive.
Clearly, the Watcher isn’t above breaking his oath of noninterference in the best scenario. He intervenes to defeat Infinity Stone Ultron, and he locations Black Widow in a unique actuality from the one she got here from merely to make her completely happy. However when Peggy asks to return in time, like how Steve does on the finish of Avengers: Endgame, the Watcher says no. He states his motive fairly clearly – Captain Carter’s present-day universe nonetheless wants her, and it might seemingly be in large bother if she had been to go away. Sending her again to the Nineteen Forties could be too large of a change. Against this, in Endgame, Captain America has reached the tip of his starring position in his timeline. He’s given all he can, and his time as a hero is over, so it doesn’t have any main ramifications for him to go away. Plus, the Avengers’ time journey was a part of their core actuality, not a divergence from it, whereas a change enacted by the Watcher would have been a significant Nexus occasion.
Although the Watcher opts to not ship Captain Carter again to World Battle II, he certainly knew what awaited her again in her present-day timeline – an implied reconnection with Steve. Natasha reveals Peggy that the terrorists on the ship had been after a very sturdy piece of cargo – a steel crate holding the unique Hydra Stomper go well with, which, in accordance with Black Widow, nonetheless has somebody inside. The clear implication is that Steve is someway alive and lively, permitting Captain Carter to have a unique king of Avengers: Endgame ending by reuniting together with her love within the current day. Nevertheless, the What If…? episode 9 ending additionally factors to darker twist – that in Captain Carter’s universe, Steve turned the Winter Soldier.
Whereas What If…? episode 9 could not affirm that Steve is the Winter Soldier, it’s closely implied. The scenario mirrors the second Captain America film, which was all in regards to the a long time of torment and management visited on Bucky Barnes when he was the Winter Soldier. It appears unlikely that Steve and the Hydra Stomper would have nonetheless been lively with out SHIELD figuring out about it until he was being manipulated by some darker, extra hidden faction. And since Hydra is probably going nonetheless lively in Captain Carter’s timeline, simply as they had been within the MCU’s Sacred Timeline, they may simply behind Steve’s return.
What a Steve Rogers Winter Soldier would seem like, nevertheless, is rather less clear. For the reason that Hydra Stomper continues to be getting used, it’s unlikely that Steve was modified with Hydra’s tremendous soldier serum in the identical method that Bucky was. A profitable transformation would have made the Hydra Stomper irrelevant and higher suited to a much less superpowered operative. But when Steve wasn’t modified with tremendous soldier serum, why would he have been stored round in any respect? Theoretically, anyone may study to pilot the Hydra Stomper, and if it fell into the fallacious palms, it certainly would have been simpler to show somebody on the facet of evil to make use of it than to attempt to coerce Steve. There are a whole lot of unexplained mysteries tied to Steve’s obvious What If…? return, they usually could also be solved in What If…? season 2.
portion of Marvel’s What If…? season 2 will include totally new realities and variants of characters, together with some from MCU Section 4. However there are additionally robust hints by the ending of What If…? season 1 that a few of its characters could possibly be revisited. The obvious one to return to is Captain Carter, notably due to the setup within the post-credits scene of What If…? episode 9. However will the present’s subsequent season actually reveal the reality about Steve Roger’s implied Winter Soldier transformation, or is it only a tease?
Captain Carter has been one of the vital common characters in What If…? season 1, so it might make a whole lot of sense to revisit her in season 2. Since she now is aware of that Hydra survives World Battle II because of her multiverse journey with Black Widow, she may hypothetically cease the tragic occasions of Captain America: The Winter Soldier from ever even taking place in her personal universe. That in itself is an fascinating story, and it might be much more compelling with a Winter Soldier storyline involving Steve Rogers. Is he actually alive? Did he get the tremendous soldier serum? Or is another person utilizing the Hydra Stomper? Hopefully, Marvel’s What If…? season 2 will present some solutions.