Marvel’s What If…? has introduced the Watcher to the MCU; a character supposedly wielding immense power, but who still falls to Ultron. Here’s why.
Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Marvel’s What If…? episode 8.
Marvel’s What If…? has introduced the Watcher to the MCU – a character with supposedly immense power, but who still ends up losing to Ultron. Not much has been revealed about the MCU’s version of the Watcher, other than that he possesses extensive knowledge of the happenings of the multiverse. The original Marvel comics shed a bit more light on the nature and power of the Watcher, helping to explain why he loses to Ultron in What If…? episode 8.
In the comics, the Watcher’s real name is Uatu, and he’s not the only one of his kind. Uatu is one of a whole alien race that observes the happenings of the universe, sworn to never interfere. The Watcher’s powers are extensive and impressive in the comics, including everything from flight and invisibility to time travel, near-omniscience, and incredible physical strength. It’s unclear how many of those abilities the MCU Watcher also possesses, but many of them have already been shown in What If…?