WHAT IF…? S1E6 “What If…Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?”
Let’s face it, the overwhelming majority of Marvel Studios movies have a villain drawback in that they’re both fully forgettable and/or chew the mud by the top. For each exception like Loki, there’s at all times a Whiplash or Yellowjacket. And the much less stated in regards to the Darkish Elf Malekith, the higher. Nonetheless, in the direction of the start of Section 3, a shift occurred when the villains within the Marvel Cinematic Universe truly grew to become developed and compelling as characters. It’s in all probability greatest epitomized by N’Jadaka / Erik “Killmonger” Stevens performed by Michael B. Jordan within the seminal Black Panther movie. The truth that Killmonger’s reputation spawned the hashtag #KillmongerWasRight on Twitter is a testomony to Jordan’s portrayal.
Within the vogue of a real tragic hero, Killmonger opted for loss of life quite than imprisonment which means his time within the MCU had come to an finish. However due to the What If…? animated sequence, followers get one other probability to see Killmonger in motion.
The episode begins primarily on the very starting of the MCU as Tony Stark (Mick Wingert) is ambushed whereas in Afghanistan to show the brand new Stark Industries Jericho missiles to the army. However as a substitute of being captured by the Ten Rings group (presumably below the orders of Wenwu) his life is saved by soldier Erik Stevens codenamed Killmonger.
Returning house, Tony holds a press convention (sans cheeseburgers) the place he publicizes he’s hiring Stevens as his firm’s new Chief Safety Officer a lot to the chagrin of Joyful Hogan (Jon Favreau). An inquiry from reporter Christine Everhart (Leslie Bibb) leads Erik to disclose that the tried plans to kidnap Stark have been bankrolled by Stark Industries COO Obadiah Stane (Kiff VandenHeuvel).
After being promoted to COO (not dangerous for his first day on the job), Erik reveals to Tony his doctoral thesis of an computerized fight drone to interchange human troopers however couldn’t develop an interface. Returning the favor, Tony helps make Erik’s Gundam-inspired “Challenge Liberator” a actuality. In the meantime, Pepper Potts (Beth Hoyt) doesn’t fairly belief Tony’s new BFF and begins trying into his previous with some assist from army liaison James Rhodes (Don Cheadle).
Challenge Liberator hits a snag when the duo realizes they want a correct vitality supply. Though Tony abandons the prospect of a miniature arc reactor, Erik suggests vibranium as a self-sustaining vitality supply. They hatch a plan to ship Rhodey to go below diplomatic cowl to safe vibranium from nefarious black-market arms vendor Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis). Issues go south when T’Challa/Black Panther (performed once more by the late Chadwick Bosemann) infiltrates the assembly to retrieve the stolen vibranium. Nonetheless, it’s all a lure set by Killmonger who kills each Rhodey and T’Challa and frames America for the loss of life of the Wakandan prince.
Killmonger tries to persuade Tony to retaliate however Stark is lastly smart to his new BFF after discovering the reality behind Rhodey’s loss of life. Utilizing Killmonger’s Royal Ring, Stark prompts the Liberator drone Erik programmed to take him out. It’s all for naught as Erik “freestyles” destroying the drone and killing Tony. After wiping the J.A.R.V.I.S. AI, Normal Thaddeus Ross (Mike McGill) seizes management of Stark Industries for the US army and launch the Liberator into mass manufacturing for a battle with Wakanda, utilizing Klaue’s vibranium to gas the drones.
Talking of Klaue, the arms vendor escorts Killmonger to the border of Wakanda, the place identical to within the “sacred timeline”, Killmonger executes Klaue to achieve an viewers with the Royal Household. There he reveals to T’Chaka (John Kani), Ramonda (Angela Bassett), and Shuri (Ozioma Akagha) his true identification of N’Jadaka, the son of N’Jobu the youthful brother of T’Chaka. Lastly taking the accountability for “omitting the reality” about his youthful brother, T’Chaka welcomes his long-lost nephew into Wakanda.
There’s no time for a correct household reunion as battle is coming to Wakanda within the type of the Liberator drones. Per N’Jadaka’s suggestion, they let the killer robots into Wakanda’s pressure shields so the electromagnetic interference can block their satellite tv for pc uplink. Whereas Ramonda and Shuri are hesitant to belief Killmonger, they settle for his plan.
Wakanda opens its shields and whereas the plan works, they find yourself revealing the reality of their nation’s glory to Normal Ross. However in one more double cross transfer, Killmonger secretly reactivates the drones, placing the blame on Stark constructing a backup transmitter to keep away from suspicion. The Dora Milaje and the Border Tribe and even Queen Ramonda decked out in Dora Milaje garb face the Liberator drones on the battlefield. After becoming a member of the battle on a charging white rhino, Killmonger helps save the day and earns the favor of Queen Ramonda.
In a callback to the Black Panther movie, Killmonger watches the sundown atop Mount Bashenga the place he’s approached by his uncle T’Chaka and as soon as extra deceives him into believing he’s a loyal servant of Wakanda. Killmonger’s machinations succeed as he turns into the subsequent Black Panther and is bestowed enhanced skills from the Coronary heart-Formed Herb. Whereas visiting the Ancestral Aircraft, Killmonger is confronted by his cousin T’Challa saying that his quest for vengeance and energy will get one of the best of him finally.
In the meantime, as Ross prepares one other assault on Wakanda, Pepper Potts discovers Shuri in her workplace who reveals to her the reality about Killmonger. Pepper and Shuri determine to hitch forces to hopefully finish the combat.
The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) closes out the episode with a poignant remark that whether or not intentional or not, serves as a touching tribute for Chadwick Boseman.
“Heroes are by no means actually gone. They reside endlessly as do those they encourage to hold on the combat.”
- Killmonger’s background in Black Panther revealed that attended and graduated from america Naval Academy in Annapolis and the Massachusetts Institute of Know-how, earlier than becoming a member of america Navy SEALs. He was finally recruited right into a Joint Particular Operations Command ghost unit related to the CIA.
- An upgraded model of the sonic taser weapon from Iron Man is featured on this episode.
- Killmonger shares a love for anime identical to the actor who performs him Michael B. Jordan, as Jordan revealed in THR.
- After seeing Ramonda in motion on this episode, I actually hope Angela Bassett will get some motion scenes as Ramonda within the upcoming Black Panther sequel.
New episodes of What If…? can be found for streaming Wednesdays on Disney+.