Not every episode but almost every episode of Marvel's What If...? has managed to make Marvel fans watch Tony Stark die once again. Having not recovered from the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame once again, viewers have been reeling week to week as Iron Man bites the dust time and time again. It all started with Episode 3 (Hank Pym kills The Avengers) when Stark is killed in the opening minutes of the episode, followed by Episode 5 (the zombie one) doing the same thing. The trend continued in Episode 6 when Killmonger takes down Tony and even Episode 8 saw Ultron end his creator. Now here we are at the season finale, and Stark once again got the short end of the stick.
In episode 9, "What If... the Watcher Broke His Oath?," Jeffrey Wright's omnipresent character recruits a Guardians of the Multiverse including Captain Carter, Star-Lord T'Challa, Party Thor, Black Panther Killmonger, Strange Supreme, and also a version of Gamora that killed Thanos (whose episode was bumped to season two despite being part of the show's marketing). When recruiting this version of Gamora though she's working alongside Tony Stark to eradicate the Infinity Stones from their universe, Tony even has a Hulkbuster style armor from his time on Sakaar. Despite an Iron Man being right in front of him though, and one who thinks he's worthy of being on the team, The Watcher picks Gamora, and some Marvel fans are upset.
We've collected some of the best responses to finale and its Tony Stark diss below, along with one reply that puts the "slander' he's experienced in the show into a proper, MCU-wide context...
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why do they hate him
bro why do they hate tony stark so much in this show pic.twitter.com/a5cPAKCAGC— kat (@irenewonu) October 6, 2021
They did him dirty
What IF…still did my homie Tony Stark dirty tho in the last episode 😂— Justin Willis (@Justinwillis_6) October 6, 2021
Feels wrong at times
"Not you Stark" says the Watcher. Anyone else kinda bummed that Tony Stark from another universe is getting treated rather badly? What If to me has been a series that has disrespected the original Avengers by sidelining them in ways that kind of feels wrong at times.— Robb_Nova (@Robb_Nova) October 6, 2021
They got him again
Tony Stark has been dead in almost all universe, and he is not chosen by the Watcher as a member of Guardians of Multiverse?
What If has really clapped him so hard 😭😭— Bel (@belhizami) October 6, 2021