The chapter five of What would happen if…? lacks from the dense and emotional darkness of its predecessor. But like the fall into the multiverse hells of Doctor Strange , the arrival of the zombies to Marvel has a dark note that surprises.
For the first time, the house of ideas dares to a formula that parodies the usual topics of zombie movies . Take one of his best-known comics to rethink one of his most successful stories.
The result is a very strange version of a zombie epidemic that is effective as long as it fits together as a whole of records. On the one hand excessive, on the other increasingly strange and twisted, the arrival of a plague of monsters in the multiverse is a successful experiment.
What would happen if… zombies came to the world?
There is an appreciable divergence between the story of the episode and its pair in the comic. In the series of Disney Plus it is said that the zombie infection came through the Quantum Kingdom. In its paper version it is about a plague that ravaged the world . It may seem like a small difference, but that completely changes the direction of the attack the heroes will face (and lose).
The popular miniseries Zombie Marvels was published in 2005, written by The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman. The story bases its effectiveness on showing the gore version of a world ravaged by an epidemic that even devastated its heroes. In What would happen if…? the result is completely different.
Back to ‘Infinity War’, but in his sinister version
For the occasion, the chapter begins with an exact sequence to that of Infinity War (2018) in which Bruce Banner is sent to earth through Heimdall’s Bifrost. But unlike the original timeline, Banner ends up in an empty Sancto Sanctorum. When the character runs to the street for help, he finds it desolate. He even wonders if he’s been too late.
The sequence of What if…? skillfully combines the first and harrowing minutes of The Avengers: Infinity War with the decadent atmosphere of a typical zombie movie. In fact, by the time the Black Order arrives it is evident that there is a disaster on the doorstep. The gigantic presence of Black Dwarf and Ebony Maw is dwarfed by an ominous silence and that’s when the action begins. .
It is puzzling how the series mixes the idea of traditional zombies with a version of Marvel, which retains its powers and abilities . Mages of the Sanctum Sanctorum can still open portals and Iron Man wields his armor skillfully. It all happens very soon as the world is rapidly falling apart.
Spider-Man as the main hero of ‘What what if …? ‘
As rumored, Spider-Man turns out to be the hero in the midst of the debacle of What if…? . His opening scenes are identical to his home videos of Spider-Man: Far from Home and there is something of the nonchalance of the traditional zombie genre. In fact, is even used the almost innocent air of the Spider-Man recordings to create a narrative line.
Young New York hero is joined by Bruce Banner, Hope Van Dyne, Agent Sharon Carter, Bucky Barnes, Happy Hogan, and Okoye. The group is puzzling, because in themselves they are references to the way in which Marvel handles the information of its characters.
Each one of them carries a good amount of information and, in fact, it is the way in which the episode intersperses stories. While Hope tries to make amends for a mistake, Sharon Carter barely survives. The same as Happy Hogan, who wears the Iron Man glove. Okoye, for his part, is looking for T’Challa, who is lost.
The Quantum Realm as the origin of evil
For the occasion, the origin of the epidemic focuses on Hank Pym’s rescue of Janet Van Dyne in the Quantum Realm. But unlike the original timeline, he finds that Janet contracted a virus that has zombified her. What if …? shows the same scene from the movie, but taken to a sinister level.
By the time Bruce Banner returns to earth, two weeks have passed and time is running out against his heroes. In fact, one of the strengths of the program is to rescue several of the great scenes of The Avengers but in their zombie version. From the attack of the Sorcerer Supreme and Wong, to the tragic death of Happy with the glove of Iron Man. There is not a single detail that is not interconnected with the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
‘What would happen if…?’ and one of Marvel’s most anticipated phrases
In the midst of chaos, Spider-Man stands as a symbol of the hope. And in a conversation with Hope he finally names Uncle Ben as one of the losses in his life. It is the first time that the hero does it in the field of Marvel and it is curious that it is in the middle of an alternative history. Do you mean that our line will never do it?