Marvel’s What If…? premiered last week on Wednesday and kicked off with a positive response. The entire concept of the show is to reimagine the MCU up until Phase 3. This calls fr various different scenarios and episode 1 showed us an alternate timeline where Peggy Carter became the First Avenger and became Captain Carter. It had almost every same element, including Bucky and Howard Stark. But of course, some of the major events changed, but the root of the episode did not. It still involved the Red Skull and of course, the Tesseract. However, the MCU has finally brought back the most impressive power of Tesseract.
What If…? Brings Back the Most Impressive Power of Tesseract
The first episode reimagined the lives of Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers. In this timeline, it was Peggy who got the super-soldier serum instead of Steve. In a surprising turn of events, Steve is shot and Peggy had to take his place in order to keep the experiment alive. But on the other side, Steve got a major role too. What If…? changed the many events, and one of them was Red Skul losing the Tesseract to the Americans. As a result, Howard was able to make the HYDRA Stomper which was operated by Steve.
But another event that was reimagined in the episode was how Red Skull used the Tesseract. Even though he lost it to the Americans initially, he managed to get it back. After he set up a track for the HYDRA Stomper, he took the suit hostage and retrieved the Space Stone which was in the Tesseract. But he doesn’t use it in the same way as Captain America: The First Avenger. He instead uses it to summon a giant creature called Shuma Gorath onto the world which is the Tesseract’s most impressive power. This means that the Tesseract can open a portal that can bring dangerous creatures to Earth as seen in The Avengers by Loki.
Tesseracts Use Up Until Now
The Tesseract has been used for many things in the MCU up until now. It has been used by Odin to repair Asgard’s Rainbow Bridge, and has also been used to create the Light-Speed Engine and thus Captain Marvel. However, Loki has used it for its true power. He opened the portal to the Chituari Army in 2012’s The Avengers and then opened a portal to escape in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
But the first episode finally remembers it for its greatest power once again which is opening the world to threats. Red Skull did not budge once and used the Tesseract for what it does best. He went on to welcome the creature into Earth which eventually backfired on him and he was ultimate. This time, for good. But it looks like the show adds another power to the stone, which is time-traveling. Peggy came back to Earth after 70 years without aging at all. So this tells us that Marvel’s What If…? is ready to explore too many different aspects of the same story.
What If…? continues this week. We’ve also got several other upcoming MCU shows for Disney Plus which include Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Secret Invasion, Ironheart, I am Groot, Armor Wars, Echo, Wakanda, and Okoye.