🚨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?”.🚨
The 2nd episode of Marvel Studios’ animated series What If…? is now streaming on Disney+ and the episode explores the possibility of T’Challa who we know as Black Panther becoming Star-Lord
This Guardians Of The Galaxy-themed episode is packed with cameos of some significant characters like Drax, Nebula, Howard The Duck, Peter Quill, and the Celestial Ego. A few notable characters however are missing in this episode, majorly Gamora.
T’Challa as Star-Lord
The story showcases the Ravagers accidentally abducting T’Challa from Wakanda instead of Peter Quill who we see growing up to be a much more successful Star-Lord. The persona of T’Challa in Star-Lord brings upon a striking change in this reality. With his charm and wisdom, T’Challa garners respect in the universe and saves it from Thanos’ inevitable catastrophe. We can see how “A single person can make a massive change”.
T’Challas’s counterargument brought a change in the ideology of Thanos, and now ultimately Thanos is not hell-bent on eradicating half of the universe. We see Thanos as the coolest part of the Ravagers who works with his adopted daughter Nebula. Thanos no doubt seems all cute in this episode.
Where is Gamora?
The sole reason why Gamora cannot be seen in this episode is that Thanos never continues his genocidal plan after being talked out of it by T’Challa. He eventually doesn’t attack Gamora’s planet, Zen-Whoberi. Probably this led to Gamora living a normal and peaceful life with her parents.
In MCU’s universe, Thanos attacks Zen-Whoberi, kills Gamora’s parents, and adopts her, whom he raises to become an elite killer.
However, Gamora is slated to appear in What If...?. So, there may be a possibility of her part of the story being told.
Gamora’s destiny in the upcoming episodes of What If…?
As shown in the What If…? Trailer, Gamora is due seen in this series though she wasn’t there in the second episode.
In the trailer, Gamora can be seen alongside Killmonger as Black Panther, Captain Carter, and T’Challa as Star-Lord. She is holding a huge double-bladed sword that Thanos used in Avengers: Endgame, and the question arises how did she acquire it?
There are a few theories that can be raised in a reality of many possible outcomes.
Firstly, What If…? is set up in an alternate reality where all the episodes are inter-related. Since Thanos gave up his genocidal plan, it can be assumed that Gamora took up the path he left, later, acquired the reins and the double-edged sword.
Another one can be that Gamora’s appearance is to take place in another reality where she potentially dethrones Thanos and takes his sword.
Either way, the Gamora we’ll be meeting in the upcoming part will be very different from the one we know from the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline.
If you come across any other theory, do share it 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