At one point, What If…? was initially announced to consist of 10 episodes with the second season already in development. Yet, as time went on, that number seemed to fluctuate especially when the pandemic hit. It wasn’t until last month that we learned that one of those episodes had been pushed to next year’s second season. After weeks of speculation, head writer A.C. Bradley has finally given us our first clue which episode got postponed. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she states that:
“Our 10th episode was a more light, upbeat Tony Stark episode.”A.C. Bradley
After some light deduction, we can figure out that Bradley is referring to an episode that was leaked during the summer. There’s a Lego set with the title “Tony Stark’s Saakarian Iron Man.” It included a Thor: Ragnarok-inspired Hulk Buster suit. It also came with Tony Stark and Valkyrie, which would hint at him taking the place of Hulk in his journey to Sakaar.
In the same interview, they confirm that the upcoming eight-episode will lead into the finale, which seems to focus primarily on Ultron and the Guardians of the Multiverse. There was also the tease of a Gamora-centric episode, which featured her hunting down Stark. It also seems absent and might even connect to the one above. It also fits with the joke, where Bradley highlights that
I noticed on Twitter we’re getting a lot of crap for killing Tony a lot. He has become the Kenny of the What If…? universe by accident.A.C. Bradley
So, the comment adds more credence to the connection, as we have seen Iron Man bite the bullet quite frequently throughout the first season. Gamora was hinted at as part of the multiversal guardians in one of the earlier trailers. So, if they postponed the episode into the second season, it’ll be interesting to see if she still has a role in the upcoming crossover.