‘How the f**k are Clint and Nat still faffing around Russia?’

Cee Arr
2 min readOct 9, 2021

General thoughts on Marvel’s What If…? episode 8 — What If… Ultron Won?

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This may be highly surprising to you, dearest nerdlets, but I actually make notes while I’m watching What If…? so that I remember what I wanted to say when I come to write these posts.

Most of my notes for this episode are variations on ‘oh, sh**!’ — which, while an accurate and understandable response to a lot of this ep., isn’t that handy when it comes to talking about it to you fine people.

(Dammit past Cee! Make better notes!)

This episode was… a lot.

It was a lot.

There was a lot of stuff going on, and, to put it bluntly, sh** went down.

Suddenly we’ve got callbacks to previous episodes and a through-arc and the fate of the multiverse at risk.

So yeah, it’s a lot.

One thing I did not understand — and this may very well be me missing something — is that if Ultron has destroyed everything and is ‘alone’ in the universe… how the f**k are Clint and Nat still faffing around Russia?

Like, did they get especially lucky?

Or are there other survivors which we just haven’t heard about because we don’t have the time?

Also Thanos’ death?


Like, Thanos is a genocidal d*ck, but still… that’s nasty. That’s just deeply unpleasant, right there.

But even that wasn’t the biggest ‘oh sh**’ moment — not for me at least.

Nope, for me it was when he beat Carol.

Cos if he beats Carol… the rest of the multiverse is f**ked, I’m sorry. It’s true.

Unless you can get a bunch of other multiversal Carols — which might be smarter than getting the Doctor Strange who ate a freaking gnome, but I get that you’re desparate, Watcher, so you do you.

Check out all of my Marvel’s What If…? posts here!

Originally posted as part of a larger Comics Wrap-Up post on my blog, Dora Reads

Cee Arr

Writer, reader, poet, (book) blogger @ dorareads.co.uk , Queer, weird, bookish rebel. Welsh as a tractor on the M4. She/Her. Buy me a coffee @ ko-fi.com/ceearr