Season 2 of What If...?
Nebula Joined the Nova Corps?
Straight forward story with Nebula investigating Yondu's murder on Xandar. She'd joined the Nova Corps after Rowan successfully took down Thanos, before turning his sights on Xandar. Turns out Yon-Rogg and Nova Prime were behind the murder, because they're seeking a way to take the planet out of a lockdown which is protecting it from Rowan.
Peter Quill Attacked Earth's Mightiest Heroes?
Sort of a what if the MCU had an Avengers team in the 80's... Agent Carter and Howard Stark recruit Bill Foster, King T'Chaka, Bucky, Wendy Lawson, and Hank Pym to take on a super powered Peter Quill after he rejects Ego. Thor also joins the team and along with Peter and Hope, they defeat Ego (or at least, a manifestation of him) when he comes to Earth looking for his son.
Happy Hogan Saved Christmas?
Christmas themed story with Happy, Maria Hill and Darcy Lewis defending Avengers Tower from Justin Hammer.
Iron Man Crashed into the Grandmaster?
This is an episode that had been planned for season 1, which explains where the Gamora that The Watcher recruited came from... This story revolves around Tony Stark who ends up on Sakaar, when the portal back to Earth closed before he fell through it at the end of the first Avengers film. He ends up getting help from Valkyrie, Korg, and Gamora to overthrow the Grandmaster.
Captain Carter Fought the Hydra Stomper?
Follow up with Captain Carter from season 1 who got the super soldier serum instead of Steve Rodgers. This is sort of her version of The Winter Soldier, which is also mixed with the Black Widow movie. Steve, still in the Hydra Stomper armor (which is somehow keeping him alive after all these years) was brainwashed by the Red Room under the control of Melina Vostokoff. After Steve sacrifices himself to destroy the Red Room and save Carter and Natasha, Cater is transported to the 1602 universe by Wanda.
Kahhori Reshaped the World?
This story introduces a completely new original character which is pretty interesting. Ragnarok occurs earlier in this universe, resulting in the Tesseract crashing into North America in the late 15th century. After several tribespeople disappear, the lake the Tesseract resides in is declared forbidden. When Spanish Conquistadors arrive looking for the Fountain of Youth, Kahhori ends up transported to the world all the other tribespeople were sent to, where they all received super powers. Some Conquistadors end up in this world, and Kahhori convinces them they have to go back to defend their people. Eventually, they head to Spain to force the Queen to make peace. Supreme Strange then arrives looking for Kahhori.
Hela Found the Ten Rings?
The title of this episode felt a little misleading. Essentially this is what if Odin did to Hela what he did to Thor. Hela ends up in medieval China where she meets Xu Wenwu. After failing to steal the rings from him, she ends up in Ta Lo and learns their ways, and realizes she wants freedom from the weapon Odin made her out to be as the Goddess of Death. Odin arrives on Earth, concerned when Heimdall reports he lost sight of Hela. Teaming up with Wenwu, Hela becomes worthy of her powers again and defeats Odin. Together, Hela and Wenwu form an army to spread freedom from oppressors across the universe.
the Avengers Assembled in 1602?
Somewhat of a take on the 1602 comic book series... Carter is charged to find and stop whatever is causing rifts to open in their world, which threatens to destroy their universe. Carter has figured out someone doesn't belong in this world, which is causing two universes to collide in an incursion that will destroy them both. Eventually they find out the cause is Steve Rodgers, who was accidently transported to the past when he hit the Time Stone during his battle with Thanos. Steve is returned to where he belongs, which also resets the universe, resulting in 1602 not having any super heroes, save for Carter. Supreme Strange arrives asking for her help in exchange for returning her to her reality.
Strange Supreme Intervened?
Supreme Strange has been busy since the end of the first season it turns out. Like they did with Killmonger and Ultron, he's been capturing universe ending villains from across the multiverse in crystal prisons, and asks Carter to help him apprehending one. This turns out to be Kahhori, who explains to Carter Supreme Strange lied to her, and that he's been capturing strong willed heroes as well. His plan is to use them to feed a forge that will rebirth his own universe. Teaming up, they battle Supreme Strange, and send all the captives home. Strange ends up falling into his own forge, sacrificing himself. The act rebirths his universe, but as a result of his sacrifice, he will never be born within it. The Watcher comes to take Carter home, but she asks to take the "scenic route".
I liked this season more than the first. The first season was a little too heavy on alternate takes of the MCU films. And while there was still a bit of that this season, they got more creative with the concept and even branched out into their own original ideas. I never expected them to create a brand new character in this series. And I have to say, I really liked Kahhori. I wish we got to see more of her universe, because there is a lot of interesting things they could do with that storyline. Maybe for season 3? We already know they're getting one, they released a clip for an episode that was meant to be in this season that got pushed to season 3 for whatever reason.
One thing I wish they'd done better was tying together the ending. In the first season, the Watcher had a reason why he chose the specific people from the realities he'd witnessed. This season... there isn't really any given reason for Captain Carter to hop realities. Like, why did Scarlet Witch think Captain Carter was the best choice to save their universe? Wanda barely appears in the episode and never gives an explanation. Same thing for Supreme Strange wanting Carter's help to capture Kahhori. He says she'd see him coming, and that Carter's an "unknown", but that didn't seem to matter when Carter actually faced Kahhori. Seemed like Strange could have picked anyone. Or was Carter convenient because she was already outside of her reality?
They also play it loose with some of the established MCU rules... Like at one point, Captain Carter grabs all the Infinity Stones in her bare hand and suffers no ill effects. Or Hank Pym shrinks Peter Quill without a protective suit. Arguably, Quill's powers may protect him, but he shouldn't even have powers on Earth given Ego said in GotG2 he'd only have those abilities while on Ego. Interestingly, later on in that episode, Quill makes the powers permanent by absorbing the seed Ego planted on Earth.