What If...?

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What If...? is an animated anthology series on the streaming service Disney+. It is based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name, but focuses on events within the Marvel Cinematic Universe films (MCU). The series explores various alternate timelines from the MCU in which major moments occur differently.

Season 1[edit]

The Watcher: Time. Space. Reality. It's more than a linear path. It's a prism of endless possibility. Where a single choice can branch out into infinite realities, creating alternate worlds from the ones you know. I am the Watcher. I am your guide through these vast new realities. Follow me and ponder the question... "What if?"

What If... Captain Carter Were the First Avenger?[edit]

Steve Rogers: [wearing an armored battle suit resembling the Iron Man Mark I armor] Stark made me some new dancing shoes. What do you think?
Captain Carter: Well, then we better start dancing.

Steve: Okay. Okay, I gotta ask. How did it feel?
Peggy: What, to get the serum? Honest truth, not as different as you might think.
Steve: Well, you've always been a fighter. In a way, the outside finally matches the inside.
Peggy: The way people view me has changed. I'm no longer screaming to be heard, to be seen, to be in the room.
Steve: To be respected. [awkwardly takes a drink] Must be nice. I'm still that skinny kid from Brooklyn, now just in a big metal suit.
Peggy: You're more than the suit. The suit is nothing without the man inside it. [puts her hand on top of Steve's] You're my hero, Steve. [awkwardly removes her hand] I mean, you're a hero.
Steve: [chuckles] Hmm. You're my hero, too.

Captain Carter: [battling an interdimensional creature while Howard struggles to decipher controls written in German] Don't tell me the American playboy needs help pushing buttons.
Howard Stark: Hedy Lamarr and I spent a weekend together, but she wasn't teaching me German!

What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?[edit]

Korath the Pursuer: Who are you? Identify yourself!
Star Lord T'Challa: Who, me? I am just an ordinary junker. But there is one name you may know me by. [unmasks and steps into the light, revealing his face]
Korath: [stammers] Oh, my... Star-Lord! I'm a huge fan of your work! What are you doing here?
Star Lord T'Challa: That was not the reaction I was expecting.

Korath: [to T'Challa] How exactly did you stop Thanos, the Mad Titan, from decimating half the universe?
[A large purple arm goes across Korath's shoulders.]
Korath: [scared] Oh no.
Thanos: I'm a big enough man to admit when I'm wrong. T'Challa here showed me there was more than one way to reallocate the universe's resources.
Star Lord T'Challa: Sometimes the best weapon in your arsenal is just a good argument.
Thanos: Aye, aye, commander. Although I still assert my plan was not without its merits.
[Everyone groans and scoffs.]
Kraglin Obfonteri: Pretty sure it's still just genocide, big guy.
Thanos: And I'm pretty sure it's efficient.

[T'Challa is listening to the broadcast message of the Wakandan starship.]
T'Chaka: [as a hologram] "My son, T'Challa, Crown Prince of Wakanda, was abducted from Earth by an alien spacecraft. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, we ask that you respond to this homing beacon. And T'Challa,..."
Star Lord T'Challa: Baba ("Father").
T'Chaka: "... if you are out there, you're one bright burning light in the night sky of billions. And we will search every last one of them until we find you, on this plane or the next."

Closing credits tribute: "Dedicated to our friend, our inspiration, and our hero Chadwick Boseman."

What If... the World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?[edit]

Nick Fury: [answering a cell call from Natasha] I'm a little busy here, Widow.
Natasha Romanoff: Oh, good. We'll start a support group. I've got General Ross, a dozen snipers and a few tanks. What are you dealing with?
Fury: Space Vikings.
Natasha: Showoff.

Phil Coulson: [nervously] Why do you need my password?
Natasha: [sighs] I need to get into the Avengers Initiative files, but I'm locked out of the system. And wanted for murder.
Coulson: I'm not telling you my password, Romanoff.
Natasha: Why not?
Coulson: Because I'm not.
Natasha: Coulson. Clint was your friend, too.
Coulson: #SteveSteveSteveIHeartSteve0704.
Natasha: Wow. Good one, Coulson.
Coulson: What?
Natasha: No, nothing. That's great. Thank you.

Loki: [addressing a subjugated Earth from the United Nations Headquarters] Good evening, my loyal subjects. It is with great pride that I stand before you today to announce that in just one day's time, the nations of Earth have put aside their differences and united under my command. It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom hobbles you, diminishes your life's joy. You were made to be ruled. So I have come... to help you fulfill... your destiny.

Coulson: The Avengers fell before they had a chance to rise. May they rest in peace.
Fury: They can. But we won't. The Avengers were always meant to be more than a team. They were an idea, the affirmation of humanity's need to believe that in our darkest hour, we will find our heroes.

What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?[edit]

O'Bengh: Is she worth the pain? [off Strange's look] A man does not suffer like this for his own glory.
Stephen Strange: Every moment of it.
O'Bengh: There is a fine line between devotion and delusion. Love can break more than your heart. It can shatter your mind.
Strange: [sarcastically] Uh-huh. And in which book did you read that?
O'Bengh: [chuckles] No book, Armani. Life taught me.

[The Watcher observes Strange absorb the energies of ever-more-powerful mystical creatures.]
The Watcher: [both thinking out loud and narrating to the viewer] He's on the wrong path. I could warn him. Intervene. But the fate of his universe is not worth risking the safety of all others. Besides, I doubt he'd listen.

Dr. Strange: The Ancient One warned us. If we save Christine, we destroy the world.
Strange Supreme: [sighs] I told you, she doesn't understand. We love Christine.
Dr. Strange: This isn't love. Look at this. [gestures at the decaying world] This is arrogance. This is our need to fix everything. It's what drove us to study the mystic arts in the first place.
Strange Supreme: And look where we are.
Dr. Strange: Deranged.
Strange Supreme: I will be whole again.
Dr. Strange: No. Your marbles are long gone.

Strange Supreme: You! You can stop this. Please, fix this.
The Watcher: The same way you fixed Christine?
Christine Palmer: What?
Strange Supreme: I was wrong. I...
The Watcher: You were warned.
Strange Supreme: I know. But the world! The world shouldn't pay for my arrogance. I read about you. Sensed your presence. You're a god. You can undo this.
The Watcher: I'm not a god. And neither are you.
Strange Supreme: Then punish me! Not the world, not Christine.
The Watcher: Honestly, if I could fix this, if I could punish you instead, I would. But I can't interfere. You, more than anyone else, should understand that meddling with time and events only leads to more destruction.

What If... Zombies?![edit]

Peter Parker: [making an intro for a Zombie apocalypse orientation video] New York! Home of the Mets, the Chrysler Building, those ladies from Sex and the City, and now, the zombie apocalypse!! If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. But first, you have to not get eaten.

Happy Hogan: Zombie-freakin'-apocalypse and somehow, I'm still driving.
Okoye: What is the problem? I thought you were an Uber driver.
Happy Hogan: No. No, I'm a personal chauffer. There's a difference.

Okoye: Hope. Banner. Parker. Track seven. See if you can hot-wire the train.
Kurt: Sounds like job for criminal. I will help.
Peter Parker: Uh, splitting up? Do you guys just not have horror movies in Wakanda?
Okoye: We don't need them. We have American reality shows.

Peter Parker: It's not risk. It's hope. And anyone who's seen a zombie movie knows that that's the key to survival. Plus, it's also your name, and that's gotta mean something.
Hope van Dyne: Oh, kid. How do you do it?
Peter Parker: See all these movies? AV club.
Hope van Dyne: No. No, how do you stay so upbeat? After everything.
Peter Parker: Practice, I guess. My mom, dad, Uncle Ben, Mr. Stark. Now Happy. I've, I've lost a lot. But my Aunt May says, used to say, that if we don't keep smiling when they can't, then we might as well just be gone, too. [takes Hope's hand] And ... Well, they'd want us to keep going.

What If... Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?[edit]

Tony Stark: I owe it all to you. And that's why I want you by my side 24-7 as my new COO.
Pepper Potts: Wait. You're giving him Obadiah's job?
Erik "Killmonger" Stevens: Yeah, I-I dunno, Mr. Stark. I think I'm more of a soldier.
Stark: Which is why it's perfect. You. Me. We'll be like Butch and Sundance.
Pepper: They died at the end, Tony.
Stark: Okay, bad example.

Pepper: Ulysses Klaue? No, Tony. Absolutely not.
Stark: I'm sorry, are you allowed to say that to people in my tax bracket?

James "Rhodey" Rhodes: [weak from Killmonger's sonic gun attack] Erik, why?
Killmonger: Better question. Why wear the uniform of your own oppressors? Fight for them? Die for them?
Rhodey: Kid, you've gotta be part of the system to change the system.
Killmonger: Nah. You can burn it down.
[Killmonger stabs Rhodey.]

[Killmonger has speared Stark to a wall, mortally wounding him.]
Stark: For a minute, I really thought it was you and me against the world.
Killmonger: But we're not fighting the same battles, Tony.
Stark: [groans in pain] Two gear-head orphans trying to do right by our fathers? We sound the same to me.
Killmonger: The difference between you and me... [jams the spear further into Stark's body] ...is that you can't see the difference between you and me. [Stark dies]

[Having taken the heart-shaped herb potion to become the new Black Panther, Killmonger visits the spirit plane and encounters T'Challa.]
T'Challa: You believe the cure for human suffering is more suffering.
Killmonger: The cure is power. And now, I have it.
T'Challa: Because you stole it. Power, unearned, can be a be a very volatile force, cousin. It will get the best of you eventually. On your plane, or on ours.

What If... Thor Were an Only Child?[edit]

Jane Foster: [speaking on the phone] Two years ago, the same anomaly struck Star Alpha Icarus and the entire star dimmed and then, poof, disintegrated. [indistinct voice answering] Yes, I know this is the Parks Department, isn't there something you can do?
Darcy Lewis: [shouting] Talking about the end of the world, my dude!

Jane: I'm gonna go talk to him. I'm gonna make first contact with an alien.
Darcy: First? I think half the Strip beat you to it. You can make first contact with, I dunno, that guy. He looks like a loser.
Howard the Duck: [does a spit take into his martini] Ha! Big talk coming from a brunette.

Captain Marvel: Hey, Whitesnake. We need to chat.
Thor: The name is Thor, with a "T" and an "R" and an "O" ... and an "H". But not in that order.

Thor: You called my mother on me. That wasn't a cool thing to do, but it was the right thing. So, thank you.
Jane: You're welcome.

What If... Ultron Won?[edit]

Clint Barton: No. Don't say it.
Natasha Romanoff: [offering Clint's severed cybernetic arm] What? "Need a hand?" Come on. I feel like you should know me by now. Puns aren't really my style.

Carol Danvers: Listen, Skynet, I've seen the killer robot movie and I gotta say, I really don't think it needs a sequel.

[Ultron has destroyed all humanoid life in his universe and starts to go dormant. The image of the Watcher appears behind him.]
The Watcher: [both observing and narrating] The realization nearly broke the machine. With his mission complete, Ultron was now just a program without a purpose. The victor without a war, sentenced to spend all of eternity alone.
[As the Watcher speaks, Ultron reanimates and starts looking about.]
Ultron: Who ... Who said that?
The Watcher: Basking in the boundless silence of his universe, Ultron ascended to a previously unattainable level of consciousness. He became aware of another. [Ultron turns around] He became aware of the...
Ultron: I see you. [The Watcher gasps in horror] There are universes beyond my own.

Ultron: [to a defeated Watcher] The entire multiverse at your fingertips, and you spent all your time up there. [levitates the Watcher towards him] Wow. Isn't this more fun than just watching? And to be honest, a lot less creepy on your part. [he tries to finish the Watcher off, but the Watcher fights back and flees] Run, watch, it doesn't matter. From here, I can see everything. No one can stop me now.

The Watcher: I'm out of options. That thing has left me no choice.
Strange Supreme: [chuckles] Been there. Been living the dream alone in a prison of my own making ever since. Are you ready to break your oath?
The Watcher: You want me to say it?
Strange Supreme: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. I wanna hear you say it.
The Watcher: Okay. [mutters] I can't believe I'm about to say this. [louder] I see now. I need your help.

What If... the Watcher Broke His Oath?[edit]

Natasha Romanoff (Captain Carter's Universe): So, any plans for Saturday night?
Captain Carter: No, don't. Stop right there
Natasha Romanoff (CCU): You know, Bernard in Accounting was asking about you.
Captain Carter: Nothing good has ever followed the phrase 'Bernard in Accounting'.
Natasha Romanoff (CCU): What if his name was Steve?
Captain Carter: Ouch! Just when we were becoming pals, Widow.

Captain Carter: But this Ultron could be hiding anywhere in the Multiverse?
The Watcher: Yes.
Star Lord T'Challa: Behind an army of killer robots?
The Watcher: Afraid so.
Gamora: And armed with a full set of stones?
Strange Supreme: She's got a point.
The Watcher: I never said it would be easy.
Black Panther Killmonger: This is a suicide mission.
Party Prince Thor: Um, excuse me, yeah. Is there a universe of Chinese food that has alternate dimension delivery? Tummy's getting rumbly. [chuckles]
Strange Supreme: [whispering aside to the Watcher] You picked them.

Captain Carter: I take it you know the Captain Carter on your universe?
Strange Supreme: No. Captain America. In my universe, Steve Rogers received the serum.
Captain Carter: Now that would be a sight to see.

Ultimate Ultron: I can destroy galaxies with a thought. Why won't you die?!

Natasha Romanoff (from Episode 8): We're just stories to you. We're not real. You watch us fight, win, lose. Tell me, did you make popcorn while Ultron murdered my friends and burned my world to the ground?
The Watcher: You are more than that to me.
Ep 8 Natasha: Are we?
The Watcher: You. Your stories. They... are everything to me.

The Watcher: That's it, isn't it? All creatures searching for a place to belong. To call home. As for me, I am the Watcher. The Multiverse, every single world, every story is my home. And I will protect it to the end.

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