The undead will be assembling in the upcoming episode of Marvel Studios’ What If…?, a new animated series that flips the script on the Marvel Cinematic Universe by reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways.
This week’s episode of What If…? pays homage to Marvel Zombies, a comic book metaseries that kicked off in late 2005 with Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips’ five-issue run. Taking place on Earth-2149, the Marvel Zombies stories have seen iconic superheroes and villains turned into the undead.
Following the first poster reveal for the episode yesterday, Mark Ruffalo has now shared a clip from the episode featuring his character Bruce Banner aka the Hulk.
This is an alternate take on a scene that occurs early on in Avengers: Infinity War, right down to Bruce’s struggle to bring out the Hulk to fight. However, Bruce is alone when Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian approach. An inter-dimensional portal then opens up, and Tony Stark, Stephen Strange, and Wong come through it. Bruce is initially excited that backup has arrived, but he quickly realizes that something is wrong. The clip ends with a chilling close-up on Tony’s face … revealing that he’s a zombie.
Marvel then followed up with a teaser trailer, which opens with the following message, “In a narrow escape from Thanos, the Bifrost transported Bruce Banner home to Earth.” The second line, which initially reads, “He warned the fractured Avengers of the Mad Titan’s impending assault,” is replaced with, “The world he returned to was … unrecognizable.”