Another highly anticipated episode of What If…? was released today and the premise for this one focuses on fan favourite, Iron Man.  The question at the heart of this story is what if Tony Stark was rescued by Killmonger in Afghanistan during the opening sequence of Iron Man (2008) and they became best buddies. Personally, I have mixed feelings about this episode. Let’s dive into it!

Killmonger and Tony Stark in Marvel Studios’ WHAT IF…? exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Let’s start off with what I liked about this episode.  Michael B. Jordan shines in his portrayal of Killmonger and the character development is some of the best coming out of the What If…? franchise.  Jordan’s voice acting really makes you empathize with his character, but you are soon reminded that this character is a villain and cannot be trusted.  Killmonger is the classic villain that you love to hate, one of the MCU’s best villains whose screen time was cut way too short.   It makes me hopeful that Killmonger might somehow return in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Obadiah Stane, Tony Stark, and Killmonger in Marvel Studios’ WHAT IF…? exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Sadly, that’s about all that was good about this episode for me. The storyline of this episode is messy, and our beloved Tony Stark is often made to look like a buffoon. The highly intelligent and charismatic Tony Stark is gone, and he has been replaced with an overly trusting and foolish version of himself.  Tony is so captivated by his new best friend, that he doesn’t realize Killmonger is using him for his genius, even as Pepper Potts tries to warn him of her suspicions.  This is not the Tony Stark we know and love and something about this episode just doesn’t feel right.

Killmonger and the Dora Milaje in Marvel Studios’ WHAT IF…? exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Overall, this was my least favourite episode of What If…? so far. The episode does not go the way that you would expect, and the ending is so abrupt, it feels incomplete.  While I appreciate the focus on Killmonger and think that we need to see a lot more from this compelling villain in future projects, I can’t give this one a lot of love.   I will say that it appears to lay the foundation for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but as a whole, I can only give this one a 6.5/10.