**Warning – Major spoilers ahead**

Marvel’s animated Disney+ series, What If…?, may have come to an end on Wednesday, but that hasn’t stopped its fanbase from discussing the plot points and characters that made it tick.

Many Marvel fans were a little confused whilst watching episode 9, titled ‘What If… The Watcher Broke His Oath?’, because of the sudden arrival of a certain character and an alternate version of Iron Man and we’re here to explain where they came from.

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What If episode 9 recap

The climactic finale to the show involved the narrator, Uatu the Watcher, and various alternate Marvel characters pulling together to stop Infinity Ultron – who was introduced as a massive threat in episode 8.

Uatu makes a stop in Nidavellir to recruit some soldiers against Ultron, and this is where we meet Gamora, a rather different-looking Iron Man, and Eitri getting rid of the Infinity Gauntlet.

It is revealed by The Watcher that Gamora killed Thanos and we see her presenting the Infinity Crusher – a device used to destroy the Infinity Stones.

This plot point left a lot of viewers confused as to who this version of Gamora was, why Tony Stark had a different suit, and why the show was presenting these characters as if we already knew about them from a past episode.

What happened to the Gamora episode?

Turns out, What If…? season 1 was meant to have 10 episodes in total, and one of those episodes was pushed back until season 2, which detailed this version of Gamora and Iron Man.

Reports state that this episode was removed from season 1 because of pandemic-related delays, however, fans have been assured that they will see this episode when What If…? returns.

The missing episode was also supposed to run on a similar comedic tone to Thor’s episode, despite the narrative displaying Gamora killing her father.

Tony Stark’s Sakaarian Iron Man

The Marvel fanbase has reported that this phantom episode was supposedly called ‘What If…Gamora was Thanos?’, or ‘What If…Iron Man Landed on Sakaar?’, which would explain why Iron Man had a change of suit.

This plot was supposedly one of the first early concepts for the show, which detailed what would have happened if Iron Man hadn’t fallen back through the portal to Earth at the end of The Avengers.

Instead, Iron Man was meant to stay stuck behind the portal and drift through space until he arrived on Sakaar. The genius, Tony Stark, was then meant to used Sakaarian scraps to build additional suit tech to help him stay alive, which resulted in the Sakaarian-armored Iron Man.

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