What If … Captain Carter Were The First Avenger? Episode Review

Marvel is back at it, but this time with an animated show! Please do not read on if you don’t want to know any spoilers for What If … Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?!

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What was it about?

A single moment can change everything and so it happened that Peggy Carter took the serum instead of Steve Rogers, altering the course of reality.

My thoughts?

I wasn’t sure if I was going to review this show, or even watch it, to be completely honest. I am a huge Marvel geek, so I like their content, but I’m really picky about animated content I consume. I don’t know why, but I just struggle getting into things that aren’t live action or a very particular style I fancy.
The animation style of What If …?, while at times beautiful, is not my favorite. I don’t think that they really caught the likeness of all the characters we know so well and even though they tried to get most of the people who played the live action counterparts to voice the same characters on the show, there are several actors not involved in the project. I’m not saying all of that’s an insurmountable problem, but it did put me off slightly.

The first episode in the series introduces us to the Watcher. He is our narrator and guide through the new realities. Right at the beginning, he explains that time and space is a prism of endless possibilities and that every single choice can lead to an infinite number of realities. Releasing this after the finale of Loki therefore makes a lot of sense, showing us what is all potentially out there and simultaneously declaring all of what we see as canon.

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This episode in particular focused on how things would be different if Peggy Carter had received the super soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers. Here are some of the most notable points that were made:

  • Peggy Carter was always a force to be reckoned with. Of course, it was sad to see her be dismissed, even after she had become a super soldier, but we already knew how capable she was. It came as no surprise that she changed minds rather quickly through her actions. There didn’t seem to be a big adjustment period to her new strength and abilities, which was interesting. She might be stronger than Steve ever was.
  • I very much appreciated the fact that Steve wasn’t intimidated or turned off by Peggy after her change. He fell in love with her as a person and their story continued on just as sweetly as it would have were the roles reversed. We knew he was a good guy, but that proved it again.
  • In this version of events, Peggy gets the tesseract from Red Skull and Howard Stark builds a suit of armor for Steve powered by it. They call it the Hydra Stomper, but it is very much reminiscent of an early prototype for a later Iron Man suit. Can you imagine Steve Rogers as the first Iron Man? I cannot, but it worked here.
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  • Steve enlists Peggy to save the 107th and that leads to Bucky hanging out with Howard Stark, which I find hilarious in my head for some reason. Can you imagine unburdened Bucky from the 40s just getting into all sorts of trouble with Howard? Because I sure can!
  • Peggy, Steve and the Howling Commando try to capture Red Skull on the train again. It’s a similar scene to the one Bucky first “died” in, but Peggy catches him. He thanks her for it by saying that she nearly ripped his arm off, a callback like many others during the episode. In the end, it is Steve who falls victim to an explosion and is believed to have perished.
  • All of it was a ploy by the Red Skull to capture Steve though, who survived due to his suit, and get the tesseract back. He uses it to open a portal, which releases a monster with massive tentacles. I’m not sure what monster it is exactly. It resembles quite a few possible candidates.
  • As Peggy and the squad discover that Steve is alive and try to stop the monster from devouring them all, Peggy picks up a sword to fight back. This is another (aside from the suit and shield) reference to Captain Britain, who did carry a sword. She eventually manages to drive the monster back through the portal, but only by sacrificing herself. In typical Steve-Peggy-devastating-last-conversation-fashion, he tells her she still ows him a dance.
  • Now we jump about 70 years into the future, when Nicky Fury and Clint Barton accidentally activate the tesseract in the present day, releasing Captain Carter in the process. This is where the episode ends, similar to how Steve woke up in present day New York, sad that he couldn’t keep his date with Peggy.
  • Lastly, throughout the episode, there were a lot of visual and other callbacks to “our” version of events, such as Peggy furiously knocking a punching bag off its hook or making fun of the ORS tours. They are nice and aplenty, if you want to go hunting for them in the brief air time.

I’m sure there are important bits that I missed, but overall, I didn’t think it was *that* different or mind-blowing. I thought I would be more impressed? Seen as this is a bit of a one shot thing, with each episode focusing on a different character, I can’t help but wonder what the purpose of this particular story was. Everything is always so interconnected these days, with actors hinting at the show influencing future events, that my brain won’t stop trying to figure out what it could all mean.

All in all, this was enjoyable, but I’m a bit unclear on what this means for the future of the MCU. Am I supposed to be prepared for an appearance of Captain Carter in the upcoming live action movies, because we are now dealing with the multiverse? Is this all completely inconsequential? I guess only future episodes will tell.


What did you think of the first episode of What If …? Talk to me in the comments below!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #14

I know this month was a lot of the same same kind of posts, but I vouch to do my best to not repeat that routine in June. However, for the fun of it, here’s another binge-watching post to finish the month of May!

What/If

I didn’t really know what to expect from this show, but whatever it did end up being turned out to be rather meh. AS A JOKE, I made a prediction in the very beginning and I kidd you not, that’s what actually ended up happening. I don’t mind predictable shows in general, but for something that supposedly tried to shred itself in mystery, I was not impressed.

The characters are fine, but not all too believable and a bit exaggerated at times. I did not understand the point of the best friends’ storyline at all, as it was not connected to any of the main drama and therefore I couldn’t bring myself to really care. Their part of the show just felt utterly misplaced. However, what I really did love was the gay couple and Kevin, they brought a gust of fresh air to the show and even made me so emotional, I cried.

To me, the story is kind of done now, but I don’t know if it was intended as a limited series or something that could be extended. I don’t personally need a continuation.

For fans of: rich people scheming, people failing to take the moral high-ground, trust issues and complex family dynamics

She’s Gotta Have It (Season 2)

It took me a little bit, because the storytelling format is so unique, but I really fell in love with the first season of She’s Gotta Have It. In my humble opinion, the show flew a little under the radar and I hope it eventually gets more exposure, but so far I am just enjoying the ride.

Although I first thought that Season 1 was a little more compact and maybe even personal, I did end up adoring the new season as well. Nola Darling is a queen and it never fails to impress me that they manage to add such amazing artists to the fold. The ending of this season is highly controversial, but I like the boldness of it all. AND I adore that Anthony Ramos is in it. The dude deserves to be in everything and I am just so very happy they let him sing!

For fans of: art, openly talking about cultural and political injustice, bold statements, a lot of love going around, LGBT+ characters

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters

Speaking of Anthony Ramos … my man was in this movie too! Totally didn’t go to watch it just because of him, because I wasn’t actually aware of the fact before entering the movie theater, but I probably would have done it had I known. Anyway, the movie!

I don’t really know what to tell you. I didn’t actually see the last Godzilla movie … or Kong: Skull Island … which I feel like I should have watched beforehand. It’s not that I didn’t get what was going on, but I feel like maybe I would have felt higher emotional stakes had I at least watched the previous Godzilla movie. They are DEFINITELY planning another movie and it’s for sure going to be Kong vs. Godzilla from the set up I saw. I was neither all too impressed nor annoyed by this one, so I’d probably watch a sequel.

For fans of: huge CGI battles in either super dark blue clouds of dust or explosions so bright that they will make your eyes hurt, the Godzilla franchise (?)

Destination Wedding

With John Wick 3 releasing in cinemas, I felt a need to get some romancing Keanu back in my life (I fell for the man because of romantic drama extraordinare – The Lake House, I don’t care about all the cool stuff he was otherwise in) and Destination Wedding seemed like a good choice. I was not prepared for the whole movie to just be Keanu and Winona talking with each other or thinking about one another or being mad at each other. There are literally no other people who talk! It’s amazing!!!

There really isn’t more to say. That’s all I am leaving you with.

For fans of: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and a lot of dry, intelligent and sarcastic humour

Always Be My Maybe

I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO FREAKING MUCH!!! I know that Netflix isn’t perfect, even though I adore a whole lot of their content, and that their RomComs especially can be hit or miss. Well this one was a clear HIT! Always Be My Maybe is warm-hearted, sweet, laugh-out-loud-hilarious, fast-paced goodness. It was perfectly cast and even had a cameo of Keanu Reeves playing “himself”. I died!

Randall Park and Ali Wong just have the best chemistry and I truly believed the awkwardness and love between them. I don’t want to give away anything, but they did such a great job and I would watch them play off each other for hours. It’s a real joy to watch and … Randall can rap!? Like for real rap! I just want to know if his band is real, because those tunes are stuck in my head now.

For fans of: RomComs! Best friend to lovers trope, a great soundtrack


Did you watch any of the things I watched? Do you maybe want to? Let’s chat about that!