Welcome to Season 3 of the Geek Girls Universe Podcast. We are kicking it off by breaking down the new Marvel Studios’ show What If. On the bugle, we shared our reactions to the first 3 episodes but now we can finally talk episode 1: “What If… Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?”
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So this is your spoiler warning if you haven’t seen episode 1 of What If…?
What If Episode 1 Breakdown
The Watcher kicks off the episode recapping (pun not intended but it works) what happened when Steve Rogers became the First Avenger. However, that didn’t happen in this universe. One small decision changed everything.
Peggy Carter decided to watch Steve’s transformation from the floor and she was able to stop the HYDRA agent but not before he shot Steve. Someone needed to take the serum and she was the only woman for the job.
Steve, because his specialness DID NOT come from a bottle, continues to fight HYDRA with the use of the HYDRA Stomper, a pseudo-first-gen Iron Man suit created by Howard Stark and powered by the Tesseract. Together, he and Peggy kick butt and take names.
Bucky is alive and well with TWO arms. He also is still the snarky, confident 40s era Bucky we only got to see briefly. He has jokes for days.
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A faux Iron Man suit and jokes about ripping Bucky’s arm off aren’t the only Easter eggs from the MCU and comics. That beastie at the end could be one of two otherworldly creatures. Who do you think it is?
What did you think of episode 1 of What If?
Marvel’s What If is now streaming on Disney+.