What If… They Tried Marvel 1602?

Talking episode 2.8: ‘What If… The Avengers Assembled in 1602?’

Cee Arr
2 min readMay 14, 2024
The Scarlet Witch creating a red sky beam
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Episode eight of series 2 of Marvel’s What If…? is What If… The Avengers Assembled in 1602?

…and it’s completely bonkers, tbh.

So, some brief background: Marvel 1602 is an iconic comic series from Neil Gaiman from the early 00s.

I haven’t read it, on account of there is but one of me and a mountain of content and art out there, but it’s super-duper popular among Marvel and Neil Gaiman fans alike.

From what I can see, though, this episode is more inspired by Neil Gaiman’s series than an adaptation of it.

This is very much shaped for the What If…? plot that’s running in the background of this second series.

Some nice features:

  • Bucky’s hair and beard — I love it, I need more of it.
  • The Watcher’s ‘What If…?’ speech
  • Peggy giving The Watcher sh** in general
  • Loki. Just — YES. Like, he gives zero sh**s for anything but acting in Shakespearean dramas in this, and I love it.
  • All of the total chaos — I approve



Cee Arr

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