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    23 "What If...?" Details That Are Small, Awesome, And Make The Season 1 Finale Even More Wild

    Natasha and Peggy Carter's friendship in What If...? is very important to me.

    🚨Warning: There are MASSIVE spoilers ahead for What If...? Episode 9 on Disney+!🚨

    Hi, hello. I hope you recovered from What If...? Episode 8 and are ready to dive into the next episode. So here are all the details I noticed in Episode 9, aka "What If...The Watcher Broke His Oath?"

    If you're new to these posts, welcome, and I apologize for all of my nerdy yelling! If you're returning after my weekly WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, AND Loki Easter eggs/details posts, thanks so much for coming back!

    1. First, Peggy mentions Batroc, who we met in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and he returned in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

    Peggy mentioning that Batroc racked up 36 kill missions
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    2. Just in case you missed him, Brock Rumlow makes a quick appearance when Captain Carter and Natasha get ready to take down Batroc.

    Brock in What If vs in The Winter Soldier
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    3. Natasha asks what Peggy's plans are on Saturday, which is a small nod to Peggy and Steve's date from Captain America: The First Avengers.

    Peggy telling Steve to meet her at the Stork Club next Saturday
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    4. Then, Natasha tries to set Peggy up with Bernard from accounting, and in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Natasha tried to set Steve up with Lillian from accounting.

    Natasha and Peggy talking about Bernard from accounting vs Natasha and Steve talking about Lillian
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    5. This might be a SUPER deep cut, but Bernard was also the name of Howard Stark's flamingo in Agent Carter, and I just really hope this is a reference to that too.

    Jarvis introducing Peggy to Bernard the flamingo
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    Also, Bernard is notably Jeffrey Wright's character from Westworld, and Jeffrey voices The Watcher.

    6. When Captain Carter puts down her shield to fight Batroc, it mirrors Steve's fight with him in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

    Betroc telling Peggy and Steve, "I thought you were more than just a shield"
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    Batroc is even wearing the same outfit.

    7. Also, in this episode, Captain Carter's suit has been updated from her original, which is the same thing that happened with Steve's Captain America suit in Captain America: The Winter Solder.

    Peggy vs Steve wearing blue and silver suits
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    Both suits go from red, white, and blue to silver and blue.

    8. When The Watcher goes to get T'Challa, you can see that Ego's blue cloud has enveloped the Dairy Queen, which also happens in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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    9. When The Watcher retrieves Gamora, you can see that she and Tony are with Eitri, who we first met in Avengers: Infinity War, and they are destroying the Infinity Gauntlet mold, which Eitri also had in Infinity War.

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    10. Tony Stark mentions wanting to put a "suit of armor around the world," which is something he also said in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

    Tony saying, "How do we put a suit of armor around the world?" vs Tony saying the same thing in Age of Ultron
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    11. You can see that Gamora is wearing the same battle armor that Thanos wore in Avengers: Endgame.

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    Also, in case you're wondering why we didn't get to see Gamora before this, she was originally supposed to have her own episode alongside Tony Stark where they went to Sakaar, but one episode this season was scrapped due to COVID-19 production delays, and I'm assuming this one was it.

    12. The Watcher proclaims this new team the "Guardians of the Multiverse," which is similar to a Marvel comics group that was called "Council of the Guardians of all Galaxies."

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    In the comics, the Council of the Guardians of all Galaxies was simply made up of various Guardians of the Galaxy multiverse counterparts.

    13. Doctor Strange giving Thor a beer at the pub is similar to when he gave Thor the never-ending beer in Thor: Ragnarok.

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    14. When Doctor Strange places a protection spell on everyone, you can see that Thor's takes the outline of Asgardian armor.

    Thor surrounded in gold outlines that make it look like he has armor and horns
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    15. It happens super fast, but when Doctor Strange unleashes the zombies on Ultron using a portal, you can see that Zombie Captain America, Zombie Falcon, and Zombie Hawkeye are the first to attack.

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    16. Just because I am Wanda Maximoff trash™, I have to point out that Zombie Wanda wasn't able to stop this version of Ultron because she was likely distracted by him looking like Vision. It's fine.

    Zombie Wanda fighting and then looking sad once she sees Ultron/Vision
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    17. Literally not a hidden detail in the slightest, but the fact that Natasha canonically refers to Alexei as her "da" is something I will be crying over for the foreseeable future.

    Peggy saying, "Your father is Ivan. Your da's Alexei. And you're the one woman I trust to have my six, including now"
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    And now I'm also sad we were ROBBED of Peggy and Natasha's friendship in the MCU movies. Like, they are this universe's Steve and Bucky.

    18. Also, Peggy mentions that she is one of only "three people" Natasha trusts, and I'm assuming it would be Clint, Peggy, and probably Yelena.

    Peggy saying, "There are three people you trust in the universe, and I count myself lucky enough to be one of them"
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    Since we know Alexei exists in this universe and he was a father to Natasha, and this Natasha's Captain America and Nick Fury are nowhere to be found, I'm gonna choose to believe Yelena is the third person.

    19. When everyone takes turns fighting Ultron, it's similar to when the Avengers fought Ultron's minions in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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    Also, this whole montage is reminiscent of when Tony Stark, Peter, and more tried to get the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos in Infinity War.

    20. When Ultron unleashes his power on the team, you'll notice that Captain Carter's shield withstands the blast but Natasha's Red Guardian shield doesn't. This just showcases that Cap's shield is vibranium, while Red Guardian's is just metal.

    Close-ups of Nat's shield cracking vs Peggy's staying whole
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    21. When Zola overtakes Ultron/Vision's body, it's a nod to Zola's comic book look, where Zola's face is on the stomach of his robotic body.

    Zola's green computer face on Vision's stomach
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    22. When The Watcher drops Natasha in a new universe, you'll notice Captain America and Captain Marvel are the only two Avengers fighting, meaning it's the universe from Episode 3 when the rest of the Avengers died.

    The Watcher saying, "On a world that lost their Widow"
    Marvel / Disney+

    Can The Watcher drop a Natasha off in the MCU movie universe too, since we lost ours? 🥺

    23. And finally, in our first mid-credits scene in What If...? Season 1, the HYDRA Stomper makes an appearance, and now I'm wondering if Steve will be this universe's Winter Soldier?

    Natasha telling Peggy, "And there's someone inside"
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    If Peggy took Steve's place by being frozen in time, I'm thinking Steve might've taken Bucky's place.

    Well, there you have it! Hope you've enjoyed my What If...? details ramblings. Gonna take a break and will be back for Eternals and Hawkeye in November. Hopefully you come join me again. ✨

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