Marvel fans got to learn Hawkeye's middle name this week on What If…? and they handled it the way you would expect. Anyone expecting these stories to come together has to be pleased with this week's entry. "What If Ultron Won?" is a bleak episode that veers back into the crushing episodes from earlier this season. But, there were moments of levity as Natasha Romanoff and Clint 'Francis' Barton did their best to try and slow down this massive threat. People got glimpses at all kinds of easter eggs too. Thanos' demise in this reality will probably generate some conversation. Also, after many weeks without seeing him, Steve Rogers makes his triumphant return in a very different set of circumstances. But, a quick scroll of social media shows that people are just hung up on Hawkeye's middle name being so old-fashioned. Check out some of the best responses down below:
In a conversation with EW, head writer A.C. Bradley talked about the dramatic shift for The Watcher. "He starts off very distant and literally watching from afar, but for so many of us, Marvel movies have become more than just entertainment," she says. "Marvel movies have become more and more of a cultural touchstone and a bigger part of our lexicon, so the notion that, for the Watcher, as he peruses these multiverses, as he lives through these heroes, as he suffers their triumphs and their tragedies, he becomes also more emotionally invested, and therefore becomes more and more part of their world and wants to be more part of their world even though he knows he's not supposed to."
What are you hoping to see in this wild finale? Let us know in the comments!
The parallels continueprevnext
why does hawkeye look like fadel in this episode of #Whatif— Snowyÿ_ (@SnowyyPiranha) September 29, 2021
Some high praise
#WhatIf Episode 8 has the most exciting stakes for the series so far (and Hawkeye’s best moment with Marvel Studios).
It drops the humor for a more intense & rewarding ride with big moments and set up for a potentially great finale payoff.September 29, 2021
Francis doing workprevnext
One big positive moment
#WhatIf spoiler— gwen ᗢ miss clint and bruce (@quakemrvl) September 29, 2021
positive point of this ep : i've got clint francis barton. FRANCIS.
A lot of wild times
clint francis barton and steven grant rogers?? ayoooo https://t.co/8tEjHTW8rl— バアル⁷ (@mlsmrcln) September 29, 2021