T’Challa dons the Black Panther suit once more in What If…? (Picture: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
Warning: spoilers ahead for episode 6 of Marvel series What If…?
Killmonger is reintroduced into the MCU as the saviour of Tony Stark (Mick Wingert), preventing the billionaire businessman from being injured and kidnapped, as depicted in the first Iron Man film.
While at first it appears as though Killmonger, real name Erik Stevens, may have turned over a new leaf, his true intentions are later laid bare, as he double crosses James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) in a ploy with vibranium thief Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis).
Just as Killmonger is about to get away with a large stock of vibranium, Black Panther arrives on the scene in an attempt to stop him.
In episode 6 of What If…?, Tony doesn’t become Iron Man after Killmonger saves him (Picture: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
Both Michael and Chadwick reprised their roles from the first Black Panther film (Picture: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
However, his attempt is futile, as Killmonger murders him and Rhodey, making it seem as though they have killed each other.
Funerals are held for Rhodey and T’Challa, with the former Black Panther’s coffin flanked by Wakanda’s Dora Milaje.
T’Challa appears again later in the episode on the ancestral plane, where he speaks with Killmonger after he becomes the new Black Panther.
Marvel fans were devastated to witness T’Challa’s funeral in the series as they paid tribute to Chadwick, who died in August 2020 after suffering from colon cancer.
‘T’challa’s funeral scene holy heck I am crying,’ one person tweeted.
‘Watching T’Challa die, a brief funeral, and him in the Wakanda realm while knowing Chadwick isn’t with us,’ someone else wrote.
One fan voiced their opinion that the episode should have been cut, as they found the depiction of T’Challa’s funeral ‘tasteless’.
Another viewer expressed how sad they found it to watch Tony die yet again, while also seeing T’Challa’s funeral before it is possibly shown again in the Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever.
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At the very end of the episode, The Watcher, voiced by Jeffrey Wright, makes a poignant statement about superheroes and the legacy they leave behind.
‘Heroes are never really gone. They live forever. As do the ones they inspire to carry on the fight,’ he says.
What If…? is available to watch on Disney Plus with new episodes released on Wednesdays.
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