Clearly, there are going to be many surprises in store for audiences when “What If…?” reaches our screens in August, but at least one of those surprises has already been blown by a recent LEGO leak revealing that Iron Man will find himself in a very, very strange place on the upcoming series.
The Hulkbuster goes galactic
Since Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark kicked off the MCU as we know it, it’s no surprise that “What If…?” will explore new situations for Iron Man.
The LEGO leak revealed that he’ll be heading to the far side of the galaxy in an upcoming episode of the animated series. Iron Man will apparently be stuck on Sakaar instead of Bruce Banner, with the set showing off Tony Stark’s Sakaarian Hulkbuster.
It’s not clear if the series will use the same Quinjet-method of space travel to take Stark over to Sakaar, as the MCU did with Banner at the end of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but it’ll definitely see the return of Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie because her mini-figure comes with the LEGO set.
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The photos also suggest that the Sakaarian Hulkbuster can transform into some kind of vehicle — although that could just be a feature added purely for the set.
It seems likely that Iron Man will repair the Hulkbuster using parts he finds on Sakaar (it is a trash planet after all), rather than building it from scratch.
With the vibrant red, gold, and turquoise colors, it definitely looks like a combination of the original suit and new parts.
Last but not least, it even comes with a mini-figure of the Watcher, the omniscient figure who watches everything unfold throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Fun fact, he’s voiced by Jeffrey Wright in the series, so it’s worth buying the set just for him.
Although this begs the question: Which other LEGO sets will the “What If…?” series spawn? Only time will tell.