“What If… Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?” is the sixth episode of the first season of the American animated television series What If…?, based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name. It explores what would happen if the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films Iron Man (2008) and Black Panther (2018) occurred differently, with Erik “Killmonger” Stevens enacting a secret plan to enter Wakanda that involves saving and befriending Tony Stark. The episode was written by story editor Matthew Chauncey and directed by Bryan Andrews.
What If… Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark? – Trailer
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In Afghanistan, Tony Stark is ambushed by the Ten Rings, but is saved by Erik “Killmonger” Stevens. They return to Stark Industries, where Killmonger exposes Obadiah Stane’s involvement in the ambush before helping Stark build a humanoid combat drone using vibranium. Needing more vibranium to create a drone army, they arrange for James Rhodes to purchase it from Ulysses Klaue. At Killmonger’s behest, Klaue leaks word of the transaction to Wakanda to lure in T’Challa. Killmonger kills both T’Challa and Rhodes, staging it as if they killed each other. Stark confronts Killmonger, but Killmonger kills him and makes it look like a Wakandan attack. Killmonger then kills Klaue and reunites with his relatives in Wakanda. Thaddeus Ross sends the drone army to attack Wakanda, but Killmonger helps the Wakandans defeat them, becoming the new Black Panther. As the United States prepares another attack, T’Challa’s sister Shuri visits Pepper Potts, who was suspicious of Killmonger, and proposes an alliance to expose the truth.
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- Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka / Erik “Killmonger” Stevens
- Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
- Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther
- Angela Bassett as Ramonda
- Danai Gurira as Okoye
- Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue
- Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes
- Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S., John Kani as T’Chaka
- Leslie Bibb as Christine Everhar
- Mick Wingert as Tony Stark