Warning: Spoilers ahead for the What If…? Season 2 Finale
All episodes of What If…? Season 2 are now streaming on Disney+, and the animated series takes a much different approach with the finale than its predecessor. Instead of building out a team to take down a grave threat to the multiverse, the Season 2 finale relies on two heroes to take down a familiar and unexpected threat. What would have happened if Strange Supreme (Benedict Cumberbatch) decided to intervene? Let’s summarize all the action in our What If…? Season 2 Finale recap.
Strange Supreme Recruits Captain Carter in the ‘What If…?’ Season 2 Finale
This episode begins right where the previous episode left off, with Strange Supreme and Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell) sharing a drink. We get a quick recap of Strange Supreme’s story, and he invites Peggy back to the Sanctum Infinitum to help him take down the newest danger to the multiverse. He has been collecting universe killers, but one of them has escaped, and he needs Peggy’s help to stop them.
Strange sends Peggy out into the cold of South Dakota to apprehend the threat, and The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) warns Peggy of the dangers of getting involved. The supposed threat is Kahhori (Devery Jacobs), who tells Peggy that Strange is the real villain just before he teleports them back to the Sanctum. Strange isn’t trying to save universes, but instead trying to resurrect his universe and bring back Christine.
Peggy cannot stop Strange, so she releases some of his captured heroes and villains. Kahhori and Peggy escape while Strange contains the chaos, but they run into zombie Wanda Maximoff on their way out. Kahhori uses her magic to take on Wanda, while Captain Carter takes the fight to the undead on the ground. Bringing the fight to a halt, Hela shows up, takes control of the zombies, and demands everyone kneel to her.
Captain Carter and Kahhori Form a Formidable Team
When Hela has a chance to unleash havoc, Surtr (Clancy Brown) shows up and brings about Asgard’s doom once again. Before escaping, Peggy and Kahhori also bump into Thanos and Infinity Killmonger. Kahhori teleports him out of his Infinity armor, and Peggy dons it in his stead. The pair show up to destroy the new World Forge, but Strange Supreme is there to stop them. In the middle of the fight, Strange uses a mind trick to teleport Peggy to the past, tricking her into believing she’s back with Steve Rogers (Josh Keaton).
Just when Strange is about to send everyone to his new universe, Peggy and Kahhori attempt to portal them to safety, but fail. Strange’s power is too great, and the heroes begin falling one by one. Before they can fall into the forge, the heroes sacrifice their heirlooms such as Mjölnir and Hela’s crown to give Kahhori and Peggy an advantage. Strange is no match for their new power, and when he is all but beaten, he turns into a monster as a last stand.
Peggy uses the Infinity Stones to punch the demons out of Strange, and he falls into the forge. It seems Peggy is going to become a victim as well, but fortunately for her, the Watcher pulls her out at the last moment. He reveals Strange was able to recreate his universe, but his sacrifice means he was never born into it. Peggy wants to take the scenic route before heading home, and The Watcher shows her the world tree Yggdrasil from the Loki Season 2 finale before the credits roll.
The Multiverse Is Safe (for Now) After the ‘What If…?’ Season 2 Finale
In a world with “infinite possibilities,” it’s certainly frustrating to see a conclusion in a multiversal series center around only a couple of already-established characters. After the What If…? Season 1 finale brings together a diverse band of heroes to take down the terrifying threat of Infinity Ultron, this is significantly less exciting in scale and execution. Marvel Studios is trending in the right direction with What If…?, and if they decide to embark on a Season 3, hopefully they strive to push the limits even further.
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