This week’s episode What If… Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark? Mixes up, once again, characters who never interacted before in the MCU to provide an interesting twist of events. When Killmonger rescues Tony Stark in Afghanistan it creates dire consequences to this reality, as the former never becomes Iron Man.
Without the hardship he went through in the Iron Man movie, the world loses more than a hero, it also loses a good man. Tony never starts his journey into becoming a better person, continuing his jerky behavior and falling prey to Killmonger’s intentions.
A brilliant friendship?
Although Erik Stevens aka Killmonger is one of the most well-developed villains from the MCU, more characterization is always good. This installment portrays him not only as the ruthless killer with noble objectives but as a highly intelligent young man. His thesis is the central point for the technological menace created in the story.
His initial relationship with Tony Stark is very engaging and utilizes heavily the background of both characters to create a meaningful bond. Their shared grief over each one’s dead father makes the connection feel real and believable.
As anything can happen in these alternates realities, there’s a question hanging in the air. Would it be possible for the connection between Tony and Erik to change the villains’ actions? Soon the answer becomes evident, but other uncertainties take its place to keep us guessing.
One of such uncertainty is exactly how Killmonger’s actions relate to one another. He expertly manipulates various groups and individuals to his favor. Therefore, we keep guessing what he’s going to do next and how things will work out for him.
Although the guessing is in engaging in the beginning, when the results become obvious it gets a little bit boring and we end up seeing much of the things we’ve already seen on screen.
Even though the episode provides some interesting ideas, it falls short compared to the previous installments of the series. Though each episode must be analyzed on its own, comparisons are inevitable. Especially when the last three stories have been nothing short of amazing.
The story fails to provide more radical ideas as well as to explore different possibilities for Killmonger from the ones we’ve seen in Black Panther. It is entertaining as a piece of action and display of alternative occurrences, but it doesn’t offer a strong concept behind its premise or emotional moments which resonate with the audience.
Don’t leave just yet
The sixth episode of the series ends abruptly, in an even more open-ended manner than the other chapters. However, it is on a high note as an unlikely alliance forms, creating an opportunity for another genius from the MCU to show the extent of their abilities.
This time the Watcher is quieter than usual, with very few remarks. But even if he doesn’t interfere until the end of the series, the newest promo hints at the possibility we will see some of the loose threads from prior installments come full circle.
Do you think we’ll have more answers about previous stories in the next episodes?
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