Did Marvel Intentionally Delay The Gamora Episode In ‘What If…?’ Season 1 For Maximum Hype?

Explore the intriguing decision behind the delay of the Gamora episode in ‘What If…?’ Season 1 and how it may impact the series’ narrative in

By Amitabh Mukherji
December 25,2023
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The debut season of Marvel’s animated series, ‘What If…?’ captivated audiences with its imaginative twists on iconic Marvel moments. However, one episode was conspicuously missing from the lineup, leaving fans wondering about its fate. Now, Marvel Studios has shed light on the reasons behind the delay and what to expect when it finally arrives.

Unveiling the Pandemic’s Impact

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The missing episode featuring Gamora and Iron Man was initially intended for Season 1 of ‘What If…?’. Still, its absence raised questions among fans. During a recent Q&A session at Marvel Studios, executive producer Bryan Andrews revealed the truth behind the delay. According to Andrews, the episode fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupted production schedules and posed challenges for the vendors involved. As a result, the decision was made to hold off on its release until it could meet the high standards set by the series.

Andrews assured fans that the delayed episode is now “firing on all cylinders” and will be a thrilling addition to the ‘What If…?’ universe. While the pandemic may have caused a delay, it also allowed the team to fine-tune and perfect the episode, ensuring it lives up to expectations.

Gamora’s Tale Finds Its Place

missing episode featuring Gamora and Iron Man

With the Gamora episode set to make its long-awaited debut in Season 2 of ‘What If…?’, fans are left wondering how it will fit into the series’ broader narrative. Given that the episode was originally intended for Season 1, its placement in the second season raises questions about its continuity and relevance.

In the same Q&A session, AC Bradley, another key figure behind ‘What If…?’, hinted that a similar fate may await an episode in Season 2. This revelation leaves fans speculating about which story will be delayed further. While the decision to shift episodes between seasons may disrupt the chronological flow of the series, it also highlights the commitment of Marvel Studios to delivering the best possible content to its audience.

As fans eagerly anticipate the long-lost Gamora episode and the adventures that await in Season 2, ‘What If…?’ continues to be a testament to Marvel’s dedication to storytelling, even in the face of unexpected challenges. With a host of exciting new episodes on the horizon, the world of ‘What If…?’ promises to keep fans entertained and engaged for seasons to come.