Warning: SPOILERS for What if … from Marvel? Episode 8, “What if … Ultron wins?”
Captain Marvel (Alexandra Daniels) fought Ultron (Ross Marquand) one-on-one in What if … from Marvel? Episode 8, but the Cosmic Avenger wasn’t powerful enough to stop the murderous android. “What if … Ultron wins?” follows the appearance of Ultron, who owned all six Infinity Stones, at the end of the previous episode, âWhat if … Thor was an only child?â, which also featured an appearance from Captain Marvel.
As fans saw in Captain marvel, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) was imbued with the energies of the Tesseract AKA the Space Infinity Stone. Danvers was endowed with awesome powers including interstellar flight and immunity to the vacuum of space, energy absorption, and Carol can shoot photon blasts from her hands. Danvers is also immune to most forms of physical damage and even being hit in the head by Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) hammer, Mjolnir, doesn’t bother her. Captain Marvel’s raw physical power makes her arguably the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and she’s a force to be reckoned with.
However, Captain Marvel failed against Ultron in What if…? Episode 8 because the Mechanical Murderer wielded the six Infinity Stones, which Ultron took from Thanos (Josh Brolin) after easily killing the Mad Titan. Fighting Captain Marvel is essentially like fighting a living incarnation of the Space Stone, but Ultron possessed the real thing along with the other five Infinity St0nes. Therefore, Ultron could easily render himself immune to Captain Marvel’s physical attacks, not even Danvers pushing the android into the heart of the planet Xandar hurt Ultron. In What if…? Episode 7, Captain Marvel withheld all of her power against Thor because she didn’t want to tear Earth apart, but Carol’s full power unleashed against Ultron couldn’t stop the robot since he had all of the Infinity Stones.
For his part, Ultron could have used the various powers of the Infinity Stones to dispose of Captain Marvel in all kinds of innovative ways. He could have sent Danvers to another dimension with the Space Stone, trapped her at the end of time with the Time Stone, disembodied her with the Reality Stone, or tore his psyche with the Spirit Stone. Instead, Ultron decided to return Captain Marvel’s favor and kill her (along with the planet Xandar) with a show of power that overshadowed the might of Carol Danvers. It might just show how uncreative Ultron is, but it’s also likely that the android just wants to prove to Captain Marvel that his raw power doesn’t match his own.
Thor’s fight with Captain Marvel was more even, and Ultron’s battle with Danvers would have been less one-sided and more exciting overall if Ultron had only had the Mind Stone. In What if…? The timeline of Episode 8, Ultron was able to transfer his consciousness into Vision’s body, which had the Mind Stone installed in his forehead. This scenario would have pitted Captain Marvel’s Space Stone-derived powers against Ultron with Vision’s Mind Stone and Vibranium body. Fans could have found out if the Space Stone’s abilities were more formidable than the Mind Stone’s, and how Captain Marvel would have solved Vision’s waterproof Vibranium shell.
But as it was in What if … from Marvel? Episode 8, Captain Marvel found herself and her cosmic powers completely outclassed by Ultron wielding the six Infinity Stones, which also shows why all of the Avengers were so desperate to keep the Infinity Gauntlet away from Thanos in Avengers: Endgamethe final battle of.
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