Review What If…? 2 episode 8: signals from the past

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We present to you the episode-by-episode review of season 2 of What If…?: here is the review of episode 8

ORIGINAL TITLE: What If…?. TYPE: animation. NATION: United States. REGIA: A.C. Bradley. CAST: Jeffrey Wright, Karen Gillan, Jude Law, Michael Rooker, Seth Green, Taika Waititi, Michael Douglas, Hayley Atwell, John Slattery, Kurt Russell, Chris Hemsworth, Laurence Fishburne, Sebastian Stan, Atandwa Kani, Jon Favreau, Cate Blanchett, Clancy Brown, Josh Brolin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Frank Grillo, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hiddleston,  Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Cobie Smulders, Tessa Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Rachel Weisz. DURATION: 20 minutes per episode. DISTRIBUTOR: Disney+. EXIT: from 22 December 2023.

After the mysterious disappearance in the fifth episode, the fate of Captain Carter: the super soldier was in fact recalled from a world of the past by Scarlet Witch, in order to discover and help eliminate a mysterious threat to that universe. Precisely, the universe is located in the 1602in a medieval world where Loki plays Hamlet on stage and Steve Rogers is essentially Robin Hood.

Captain Carter and Steve Rogers: a story without a happy ending | Review What If…? 2 episode 8

In this series, as in the first, alternative futures are proposed for the most (or least) beloved characters of the Marvel cinematic universe. In the eighth and penultimate episode of the second season we meet all the characters seen in the previous ones, but in a bygone era. Four hundred years ago we exploded that Thor is the king of a kingdom whose peace is shattered by strange rifts in the sky that swallow up people. With the help of Scarlet Witch, Captain Carter is called back to that world, who involves Tony Stark (who here is the village idiot, given the extreme extemporaneousness of his inventions) in the search. He also intervenes to help him Steve Rogers, who together with Bucky and Ant Man form a team of bandits who steal from the rich to give to the poor.

In such a world it is easy to go from riches to rags and in fact Captain Carter, as a possible savior, is pointed out as the cause of the bizarre disappearances that plague the kingdom. Thus begins a mission to uncover the mystery.

Intertwining between past and present

The episode is very interesting and funny. The many sketches between the most iconic characters of the Marvel universe are a fan service well appreciated, the plot is not affected and actually benefits from it. The story is also interesting, although one has the feeling (as has been the case throughout the season so far) that one could always dare a little more. The conclusion is worthy of the high level demonstrated so far, and paves the way for the final episode. Ultimately, a good level episode that helps you grow curiosity for the season finale.

Points in favor

  • Very funny episode
  • We’re starting to understand the ending

Points against

  • Ultimately it lacks character

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