What If…?: Episode 1 Multiverse Report
A multiverse of infinite possibilities awaits; get ready to see Peggy Carter in a whole new way!
What If…Captain Carter Were the First Avenger?
Marvel Studios’ What If…? flips the script on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Creating a multiverse of infinite possibilities, the animated series features fan-favorite characters where a single choice can branch out creating alternate worlds from the ones we know.
Stream Episode 1 of What If…? now on Disney+, and read on to discover some notable highlights from our Multiverse Report below!
• Peggy Carter / Captain Carter
• Skinny Steve Rogers
• Dr. Erskine
• Howard Stark
• Colonel Flynn
• Johann Schmidt / Red Skull
• Dum Dum Dugan
• Bucky Barnes
• Arnim Zola
• Nick Fury
• Clint Barton / Hawkeye
On Earth, during World War II, the Nazi army marches across Europe leaving death and destruction. The allied armies banned together to create a new kind of soldier – a Super Soldier. At humanity’s darkest hour, a skinny kid from Brooklyn, Steve Rogers, became Captain America. After turning the tide with World War II, he made the ultimate sacrifice restoring peace and saving this universe.
But in another universe, a single choice created a whole new hero…
MULTIVERSE EVENT REPORT
Who is The Watcher?
The Watcher does not, cannot, will not interfere.
Reality is not a straight line. Every passing moment is a chance for a new offshoot—a new variation. In fact, there are more realities than you can possibly fathom—an infinite number of What Ifs.
The Watcher can see what few others can’t, the totality of the multiverse across all time and space. He’s your guide to these vast new alternate worlds.
In this event, The Watcher highlights how one single choice created a whole new hero.
The New Universe
After Paris falls, and London potentially next, Agent Peggy Carter tells Steve Rogers the Super Soldier Program, and he specifically, could end the war. When Dr. Erskine asks Agent Carter if she’d be more comfortable in the booth, she declines and states she’d prefer to stay in the room with Steve. This is the moment that created a new universe.
A New Kind of Soldier
Following a Hydra ambush, Steve Rogers is shot in the abdomen as the assailant tries to run out with a vial of the Super Soldier Serum. Peggy shoots the Hydra agent and rushes to Steve’s side. Howard Stark warns that the power levels for the machinery are dropping and if they don’t act now, they lose the project completely. Despite Colonel Flynn’s protests, Agent Carter jumps into the chamber and Stark injects the Super Soldier Serum into Peggy.
In a debriefing, Peggy and Howard reveal how Hydra, the Nazi's very own supernatural sciences division, had invaded Tønsberg, Norway. The gamma signatures detected in that town has enough power to blow everything to kingdom come in 60 seconds.
Stark proposes sending a team to Europe to intercept the Tesseract from Hydra’s grasp, which Flynn refuses to send anyone over “some glorified battery.”
With her newfound power, Peggy singlehandedly takes down all the Hydra forces protecting scientist Arnim Zola traveling with the precious Tesseract cargo. Captain Carter delivers the Tesseract to a shocked Colonel Flynn and satisfied Stark.
With the power source now in their possession, Stark uses the Tesseract to build a device to allow Steve Rogers to join in on the war efforts.
The 107th Infantry Regiment
Peggy frees Sergeant Barnes, Dum Dum Dugan, and the rest of the 107th unit from a Hydra facility introducing herself as Captain Carter and letting Bucky know Steve Rogers sent her.
Red Skull’s Champion
Johann Schmidt is unbothered by the Führer’s fury and unwilling to listen to his demands, stating, “a god does not answer to a man.” Removing his mask and revealing his true form, Schmidt now as the Red Skull declares, “The Third Reich will fall and Hydra will rise from its ashes.”
Operation: Where Eagles Dare
In an effort to finally end the war, Captain Carter, Steve Rogers and The Hydra Stomper, and the 107th plan to assault a train carrying Red Skull. Ziplining onto the train, Bucky nearly falls off the train but Peggy pulls him up as he jokes that she nearly ripped his arm off. Unfortunately, the train was a trap filled with explosives which are detonated when Steve enters the train. Peggy and Bucky mourn the supposed loss of Steve.
Coaxing intel out of Arnim Zola, a determined Peggy learns that Red Skull believes he can unleash an interdimensional force that will lead Hydra to world domination, and if that fails, world annihilation. Captain Carter cautions, if they proceed with her plan to take down Red Skull at Castle Krake, that while they may not succeed in ending the world or survive, they will at least stop Hydra. Stark, Bucky, and the rest of the 107th are all in, for Steve.
Using the Tesseract’s power, Red Skull opens a portal for Hydra’s champion. Unfortunately for Red Skull, the monster he unleashed crushes him in front of Captain Carter and Stark. Meanwhile, Bucky and his troop discover Hydra had taken Steve and The Hydra Stomper hostage.
As Howard pushes several buttons to send the monster where it came from, Captain Carter takes on the beast herself. Peggy receives a much-needed assist from Steve and the rest of the team. In order to push the monster back to its origin, Peggy has to use all her might to push its tentacles through the portal. However, once she and the beast are through the portal, the machine explodes. All that remains is the Tesseract and a heartbroken Steve Rogers.
A Woman Out of Time
Coming through the portal, Captain Carter arrives on the other side with the beast destroyed where she’s greeted by Nick Fury and Clint Barton. She asks for Steve Rogers, to which Fury regretfully informs her that the war ended almost 70 years ago…
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