The second episode of What If…? might be the best thing to come out of the series. The concept of the series is such a unique idea that gives it the ability to go absolutely crazy. This episode allowed us to see the characters in a new light. The first episode took its core idea seriously while at the same time giving us fun nods to the original events. The second episode was far more fun-filled and handled like most of the fun events in the MCU. Filled to the brim with characters we have previously seen and yet in a very different light. The primary villain of the Infinity Saga makes for one of the best characters in the episode. This left fans wondering what great feat did the T’Challa do to turn the Mad Titan this way. Let’s explore why Thanos in What if Episode 2 appears to be so different than we were used to.
What If…? is amongst the latest in a number of series from Marvel released on their streaming service Disney+. It explores the multiple possibilities that exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to slight changes in certain events. We await multiple storylines as characters we have known for a long time will experience massive transitions in their storyline. This is a massive surprise since none of the storylines is something we are aware of or we can figure out beforehand. This could include multiple pitches made by the creators behind MCU that were left out because of certain limitations in the movies. At the same time, this show could also explore the various fan theories that have been heard and seen about the movies.
The Second Episode
This week’s episode, titled “What If… T’Challa Became a Star-Lord”, saw the alternate scenario of T’Challa as the Star-Lord. The Wakandan prince is wrongly picked by Yondu’s men. Their original target was supposed to be Peter Quill but due to some reason, they got confused about the target. This was one of the numerous Nexus events this show will follow. Even though he was the wrong child, Yondu instantly bonds with T’Challa. The prime reason being his surprise by the wonderment and absence of fear in the kid. As this is the Nexus event and is introduced later, the episode instead starts with an alternate version of Peter Quill’s opening scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1.
One of the biggest surprises being the twist of Star-Lord actually being a popular persona and everyone knowing his name. After the heist, he is helped out by Yondu and they head over to a bar with the rest of the team for drinks. Here, we are introduced to alternate versions of various important characters we have seen through the years in MCU. The biggest twist being the introduction of a very nice and charming version of Thanos.
The Different Version Of Thanos In What If Episode 2
Thanos appears as a close friend of T’Challa and they eventually head out for a heist together. He is no longer the strong character that we had witnessed in the live-action movies. The self-imposed calling to balance the universe is not a concern of his anymore. Here we get to see a much more open and nicer version of the Titan. He goes against the Black Order members, who were working under him in the events of the Infinity War and Endgame.
The most striking moment being him shrieking in pain as he is being beaten by Proxima Midnight and Cull Obsidian. This is something that even hardly appeared to be in any of his previous live-action appearances. He even intends to connect with his adopted daughter Nebula. The latter also appears in a very different version than the one we have been used to.
The conclusion being that the Mad Titan appeared weaker than his usual appearance because of the absence of his will to be superior. The fans loved this version as the authenticity of the voice work done by Josh Brolin added to the interest of watching this character appear again in the MCU. One of the biggest moments of the story being the fact that this was a posthumous appearance by Chadwick Boseman, who had voiced the character before passing away earlier this year.