What If… The Watcher Broke His Oath? Review

By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

This review is spoiler-free.

Despite this being the finale episode of the series, this is actually going to be the shortest review so far, because there is no way I can do this justice and keep it spoiler-free at the same time!

I pretty much called it last week that we’d see The Watcher and Doctor Strange move forwards together to take down Ultron, but they wouldn’t be doing it alone! You know all these one of stories that we’ve been getting each week? Well it’s time for a crossover baby! I think we all saw this as a possibility and something that we really wanted to happen, and without spoiling things too much, yes it happens and we do see The Watcher assemble his own team from across the multiverse.

In terms of the cast, our team consists of Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell), Star Lord T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Gamora (Cynthia McWilliams), Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberatch) and Black Widow (Lake Bell). A host of other MCU stars are also back, but these I’m going to keep a secret, but I have a feeling this episode will have something for everyone in terms of cast and characters. It was a bitter sweet episode in the fact that this is now Chadwick Boseman’s final contribution to the MCU, but what a legacy he leaves behind.

This final episode has some major story and character pay-offs and featured some outstanding moments – moments that deserve to be explored and experienced in live-action and on the big screen. I could talk in length about the number of awesome concepts, sequences and lines that just made this episode truly incredible. The music throughout was really strong, pulling on a variety of themes and scores that really gave emotion and power to various scenes. I will admit, this episode had me smiling throughout and I got goosebumps at least three times, with one of the scenes being one of the most epic sequences that I have ever witnessed in the MCU!

As a series overall, there has been a consistent quality with the writing and all those threads wind up tying off nicely in this final episode. There is just pay-off after pay-off, moment after moment that leaves What If… as a very special Marvel property. We need more of this! We need more stories and characters being able to flip the scrip and subvert our expectations, we need a second series so that we can once again ponder the question, what if?…

What did you make of this final episode and the series overall? Let us know in the comments!

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