In Review: Marvel’s What If…? (S1 EP1) What If… Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?

When Steve Rogers is seriously injured, Peggy Carter becomes the world's first super-solider. 

Synopsis: When Steve Rogers is seriously injured, Peggy Carter becomes the world’s first super-solider.


The Story

What If…? gets off to a strong start as we are given an alternate history on the classic Captain America origin story. Only in this take, it is Captain Peggy Carter who becomes The First Avenger.

When Steve Rogers is injured during a Nazi Sabotage attempt on America’s Super Soldier project. Peggy is forced to take action and steps into the chamber and becomes America’s first Super Soldier. However, her willingness to step forward and take it to the Nazis is turned down by the narrow-minded Colonel John Flynn.

Of course, Peggy, Howard Stark, and a recovered Steve Rogers have other ideas and take action into their own hands.


Voice Acting

Both Hayley Atwell and Dominic Cooper get to reprise their roles as Agent Peggy Carter and Howard Stark respectively. However, given that Chris Evens was not available to voice Steve Rogers. We get a fairly competent replacement in Josh Keaton.



The animation for this story sort of put me in mind of the style that was used on the classic Superman cartoons from Max Fleischer. Of course, this was more polished. But the style and mood of the animation sort of looked like something that Fleischer would likely have done if he were around today.



As far as the story goes. It follows a similar path to the Captain America movie only with a few changes to give Steve Rogers his moment in the sun. While Peggy becomes the Legendary Captain Carter. Steve Rogers becomes Hydra Stomper, which is an alternative take on Iron Man.

Overall. This opening episode was very enjoyable and included a lot of familiar characters from the MCU as well as a few new ones. One of which is The mysterious Watcher who is kind of our tour guide of What If…? We do get left wondering if we’ll see Captain Carter again as the ending of the episode sees her transported to the present day where she meets Nick Fury and Hawkeye.

Marvel's What If...? (S1 EP1) What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?
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