Marvel’s What If…? episode 8 focuses on Ultron and The Watcher, bringing up some interesting questions about both characters and the MCU multiverse.
Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Marvel’s What If…? episode 8.
Marvel’s What If…? episode 8 pits an Infinity Stone-powered Ultron against the Watcher himself, posing some interesting questions about them, the MCU multiverse, and more. What If…? season 1 is only nine episodes long, and episode 8 teases a big finale with some fun crossovers between the previously shown MCU realities. But in order for the multiverse to survive, Ultron will need to be defeated – a task that looks to be incredibly challenging.
At the start of What If…? episode 8, the Watcher reveals a world in which Ultron successfully got in Vision’s body, leading to his defeat of the Avengers and subsequent conquest of the entire planet. Ultron is then confronted by a version of Thanos wielding the five other Infinity Stones, who he dispatches with shocking speed and brutality. With the combined power of all six Infinity Stones, Ultron erases most life in the universe, then goes a step further – discovering the presence of the Watcher himself and expanding his rampage to other realities of the multiverse. By the end of What If…? episode 8, the Watcher breaks his oath not to interfere in the affairs of others and strikes a deal with the evil Doctor Strange from What If…? episode 4.