Image Credit: Disney
Forgot password
Enter the email address you used when you joined and we'll send you instructions to reset your password.
If you used Apple or Google to create your account, this process will create a password for your existing account.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Reset password instructions sent. If you have an account with us, you will receive an email within a few minutes.
Something went wrong. Try again or contact support if the problem persists.
Marvel What If
Image via Marvel

What If…? Just Paved The Way For A Captain America Villain’s MCU Return

While it may not effect the sacred timeline, this villain's comeback has huge implications.
This article is over 2 years old and may contain outdated information

The multiversal remit of What If…? has allowed the animated anthology series to deliver more from fan-favorite characters whose stories have concluded in the mainstream MCU. We’ve seen the likes of Black Widow, Iron Man, and Captain America again on the show, for example, without their appearances having any effect on the so-called Sacred Timeline, however.

Recommended Videos

And yet the latest episode brought back one significant villain in a way that actually could tee him up for a proper return later down the line. Episode 8, titled “What If… Ultron Won?”, saw Natasha Romanoff and Hawkeye as the Earth’s last line of defense against an all-conquering Ultron. They realize that the only way to combat an evil A.I. is… another evil A.I. so they seek out the last remaining backup of the digitized consciousness of Dr. Armin Zola, which is located in a HYDRA base in Siberia (the same one visited in Captain America: Civil War).

This is a big deal as it’s the first time we’ve heard that there are multiple versions of Zola. Back in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when the Zola A.I. at Camp Lehigh was destroyed, it looked like the former HYDRA scientist was done. Obviously, this is set in another timeline, but all of the What If…? universes match the prime universe just with one big change. So, logically, the Zola copy in Siberia must also be there in the main MCU.

So, as ComicBook.com has pointed out, this does suggest that Toby Jones may return as Zola yet again for Captain America 4, set to star Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson’s Sentinel of Liberty, along with Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes. Seeing as Sam and Bucky already faced Zemo again in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the door is open for them to battle another former foe of Steve Rogers’ in Cap 4. Could it be Zola?

Marvel’s What If…? reaches its season finale next Wednesday on Disney Plus.


We Got This Covered is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
related content
Related Content
Author
Image of Christian Bone
Christian Bone
Christian Bone is a Staff Writer/Editor at We Got This Covered and has been cluttering up the internet with his thoughts on movies and TV for over a decade, ever since graduating with a Creative Writing degree from the University of Winchester. As Marvel Beat Leader, he can usually be found writing about the MCU and yet, if you asked him, he'd probably say his favorite superhero film is 'The Incredibles.'