MCU: Iron Man Is Murdered In New Trailer for What If

Several instances include Peggy Carter becoming a super-soldier known as Captain Carter, T’Challa as the new Star-Lord, and the MCU debut of Marvel Zombies. However, there are still other storylines that have yet to be unveiled from the show’s marketing such as the heavily-teased installment revolving around Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury.

To showcase a wide array of alternate storylines set within the confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a good chunk of them involves bonkers ideas that essentially change the outlook of some well-established heroes and villains of the franchise.

Nick Fury’s Big Week storyline from Phase 1 will be revisited in the animated series and it’s confirmed by executive producer Brad Winderbaum but details on how it will be showcased are still being kept under wraps.
Head writer A.C. Bradley teased that Fury’s episode will tackle the SHIELD director’s hesitancy regarding the Avengers Initiative.
Now, it seems that the mystery behind Nick Fury’s What If…? debut has been resolved by a new promo.


The latest promo video revealed a spoiler-heavy scene involving Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, it shows a dead Tony Stark alongside a surprised Natasha Romanoff and Nick Fury.

Another shot from the same promo shows Romanoff being arrested by SHIELD agents, seemingly hinting that the Russian spy was framed for Stark’s death.


Many would agree that the Avengers being murdered is an unexpected storyline to tackle, but this is the beauty of Marvel Studios’ first animated venture, mainly due to the fact that it opens up many story possibilities.

Based on what’s been revealed so far, it looks like Nick Fury’s detective skills will be utilized even further in his upcoming What If…? episode.

During the original events of Iron Man 2, Tony Stark was injected with lithium dioxide by Natasha Romanoff to serve as an “easy fix” to cure him of palladium poisoning. Now, in this specific installment of What If…?, it seems likely that Romanoff’s “cure” killed Stark instead, thus explaining why SHIELD agents arrested her.

Previous shots from the show’s trailer also showed Nick Fury in New Mexico alongside SHIELD agents aiming their weapons at Clint Barton aka Hawkeye. It’s possible that Barton shot Thor with an arrow, thus accidentally killing him in the process.