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Can ‘What If…?’ Ever Be More Than a Cartoon? Episode 7 Suggests So

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Marvel Studios doesn’t want their cartoon to suffer the same fate as Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They demand the eyes of every fan.

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By Brad Gullickson · Published on September 22nd, 2021

Marvel Explained is our ongoing series where we delve into the latest Marvel shows, movies, trailers, and news stories to divine the franchise’s future. This entry explores What If…? Episode 7 and how the infinity stones will never allow us to have a happily ever after ending. Yes, prepare for SPOILERS.

Wait, what? That’s a very different question that passes through the big bald one’s lips. The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) can hardly believe it. Thor and Jane Foster, smiling and in each other’s arms. We’ve reached the climax of What If…? Episode 7, and everything is hunky-dory. That’s a first for the celestial being tasked with observing all of time and space.

As does The Watcher, we know that Marvel Studios doesn’t do endings, happy or otherwise. The franchise has been built on the promise of neverending. And it’s a contract that we’re cool with as long as the filmmakers keep providing unexpected twists and turns, and more importantly, new ways for our heroes to fail and grow from those failures.

The Watcher’s exclamation during What If…? Episode 7’s climax is one of relief. His time as a cosmic peeper is starting to weigh on him—the stress of seeing all pushing him into service. There is no happily ever after for Jane and Thor or any of us, and he must do something about it. Right?

Meet the New Ultron, Same as the Old Ultron

Ultron’s arrival silences Thor and Jane’s revelry. Cut to black. The animated Marvel series delivers its first proper cliffhanger.

Head writer A.C. Bradley can’t simply jump into the next adventure. What If…? is starting to unify its disparate parts. We can sense a multiverse Avengers........

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