????WARNING: Spoilers ahead, this article is for people who are watching What If…? on Disney+. Do not read on unless you have watched the second episode “What If…? T’Challa Became a Star-Lord?”.????
What If…? is streaming on Disney+ and is already exploring possibilities beyond our imagination. It’s next to impossible to predict what Marvel has for us in their bags. The second episode takes us into a new alternate timeline featuring Black Panther’s T’Challa. The plot revolved around T’Challa making a home amongst Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Ravagers
Episode two was packed with references and hidden details that tell us how different the universe would have been only if Yondu had abducted T’Challa instead of Peter Quill. Here’s a list of all the easter eggs that we spotted in the second episode of What If…?
1. The episode opens to a similar setting with how Peter Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy went to Morag to steal the Orb, aka the Power Stone. It’s however notable that T’Challa’s eyes glow purple instead of red which’s a nod to the purple motif of the Black Panther suit.
2. In this version of reality, Korath happens to be a massive fan of Star-Lord, which is the exact opposite of what happened in Guardians of the Galaxy. When Peter Quill met Korath, he hadn’t heard of a Star-Lord ever.
3. Korath asks T’Challa if he should bow or kneel to which he says “Neither is necessary”. This is similar to what T’Challa told Dr. Bruce Banner when he arrived in Wakanda moments before the final battle of Avengers: Infinity War.
4. In this reality, Yondu and the Ravagers actually accompany Star-Lord to Morag. This is totally different from what happened in Guardians of the Galaxy, where Peter Quill goes all by himself to steal the Orb
5. Before making their way out from Morag, T’Challa mentions the Krylorians to Yondu. Carina, who was one of the collector’s slaves in Guardians Of The Galaxy, is a Krylorian
6. T’Challa tells Yondu that if they operated the way they previously did Yondu would have been left with only half his teeth. This is the exact dental condition of Yondu’s mouth in Guardians of the Galaxy.
7. The ship that T’Challa uses for his intergalactic endeavors is named Mandela after Nelson Mandela, who we know as one of T’Challa’s heroes. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill’s ship is named Milano who was her childhood crush Alyssa Milano.
8. T’Challa’s abduction by the Ravagers is a mirrored representation of Peter Quill’s abduction in the opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy.
9. We come across what could be the biggest surprise in this episode, the Mad Titan. However, we learn that T’Challa stopped Thanos who had planned a “genocide,” which is something Doctor Strange brings up in Avengers: Infinity War.
10. In this altered reality, Drax’s wife and daughter are still alive because Thanos and Ronan never murder them alongside half the population of Drax’s planet.
11. We learn through T’Challa and Nebula’s conversation that Thanos is avidly fond of gardening. This is exactly what we see Thanos doing after the events of Avengers: Infinity War when he thinks he has won
12. Thanks to T’Challa who probably would have reasoned with Thanos before continued to experiment on Nebula that she has only one cyborg eye.
13. The coordinates for Knowhere that we see in this reality match exactly with the ones that we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy.
14. In this reality, the Black Order which was led by Proxima Midnight and Ebony Maw is serving the Collector instead of Thanos.
15. T’Challa comes across Cosmo the Spacedog inside the Collector’s base who was also seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. According to the comics, Cosmo is a security chief on Knowhere and also a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
16. We see one of the main villains, a Dark Elf, from the easily forgettable Thor: The Dark World. The Collector has a Dark Elf amongst his collection of cosmic toys.
17. T’Challa runs into Howard the Duck, who we last saw in Guardians of the Galaxy sipping a green drink. In the comics, Howard the Duck has been a companion of many superheroes.
18. While making his way out from the Collector’s treasure rooms, T’Challa passes several notable ships from the MCU. One of the most notable is the Nova Corps ships and the pods that Ronan’s followers used in Guardians of the Galaxy
19. We even get a glimpse of the ship that Scott Lang and his team used to enter the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
20. The Collector flexes a fist that he got from “terribly chatty Kronan.” In MCU, we only know of Korg from Thor: Ragnarok was a terribly chatty Kronan.
21. Among the weapons that the Collector had stolen, you can spot Captain America’s shield, Thor’s Mjölnir, and one of Loki’s daggers.
22. The collector makes a reference to “Asgardian Goddess of Death” who we all recognize as Hela. When the collector wears her helmet, he mimics the exact moves that she did in Thor: Ragnarok.
23. You can hear the Guardians of the Galaxy theme song in the background when Yondu arrives to help T’Challa
24. During the final minutes of the episode in Wakanda, Kraglin mentions “Jump Points” and how they make your face all weird. This is something we saw happen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
25. When Ego finds Peter Quill on Earth, he sees him working at Dairy Queen. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, while Ego is living with Meredith Quill, they visit a place by the name Dairy Queen.
Was there any other cool Easter egg that we miss but you were able to catch in the second episode of What If…? Share with us in the comment section below!
Catch the third episode of What If…? only on Disney+ on Wednesday, August 25, at 12:01 a.m. PT and 3:01 a.m. ET