What if you broke the one rule of the infinity stones
The multiversal threat posed by Ultron and the Infinity Stones in What If …? technically shouldn’t work, by MCU rules.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for What if …? Season 1, Episode 8, “What if … Ultron Wins?”, Streaming now on Disney +.
In the world of “What if … Ultron wins?”, The Marvel Cinematic Universe takes a tough turn towards death and destruction when Ultron reaches his perfect form. As a result, he becomes a veritable multiversal threat, traversing realities with the intention of ending life through each of them. It’s a big deal here, however. Technically, given the set rules of the universe, he shouldn’t be able to.
What if…? maybe he just made a huge change to one of Marvel’s most powerful elements – and that could have huge ramifications for the future for the entire multiverse going forward.
In the original Marvel comics, the Infinity Stones – originally known as the Infinity Gems – were indeed powerful enough to shape and change the reality around them. But there were some cohesive aspects that kept them from being too powerful. Notably, Infinity Stones has no power outside of its home reality. Because of their fundamental connection to the reality from which they originate, they could only be exploited in their own reality. DC’s Darkseid discovered so much during JLA / Avengers, and this became a major plot point over the course of the Incrussions story that led to Secret wars. The MCU appeared to be working on a similar rule, with the Infinity Stones proving capable of being moved on their own timeline but still operational, as opposed to how they became inert in the TVA base of another dimension, as seen. see in Loki.
Corn What if…? just threw that rule aside in the eighth episode of the first season, “What if … Ultron wins ?.” In the reality variant featured in the episode, Ultron claimed the body that would otherwise have become Vision. By uploading to the new body with Mind Stone, Ultron quickly unleashed a war that killed most of the Avengers and subsequently wiped out most of humanity. In the silence that followed, Ultron was confronted with the Thanos of that reality – who had already won the other five Infinity Stones. Ultron quickly killed Thanos and took the stones for himself, becoming the most powerful force in the universe. He quickly traveled the cosmos and wiped out all life. With his expanded consciousness, he witnessed Uatu the Watcher of outer reality.
Ultron then broke through the walls that separate the worlds and pursued Uatu, using his power granted by Infinity Stone to force the Watcher into an explosive duel. Primarily using the Power Stone to amplify his attacks, Ultron quickly found himself able to stand up to the cosmic figure. But the problem is, according to the pre-set rules of the MCU and the Marvel Universe, he shouldn’t be able to do that. Once he left his own reality, this variant of Ultron shouldn’t have been able to use the Stones or any of their abilities. Additionally, given that his body is actually powered by the Mind Stone and removing it would be tantamount to killing him, stepping into another reality should simply have resulted in Ultron collapsing helplessly.
Even Uatu seemed confused and shocked by Ultron’s arrival, suggesting that this kind of breach really shouldn’t be possible. It’s possible that Ultron built a way to maintain the power generated by the Stones, explaining why he only uses them for basic attacks instead of using the more dangerous abilities of the Time Stone and Stone. of reality. Otherwise, it’s a weird break from what has always seemed like a cardinal rule of the Infinity Stones. If that means the Stones operate through realities, then an interested party with multiversal abilities – someone like the recently introduced Immortus – could theoretically claim all the Stones in the multiverse and effectively become a god. Breaking the Infinity Stone Rule could either drastically alter the Marvel Multiverse or be a mistake on the part of the creators.
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