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What If...?
by yo go re

What If... we had no idea what was going on?

In this universe, an alien threat forces Bill Foster to put aside his differences with former partner Hank Pym to join S.H.I.E.L.D.'s newest team of heroes.

Apologies to everyone who didn't want to know what's going to happen in What If...? Season 2, but apparently Hasbro just couldn't hold it in any longer. At least that bio leaves some things up to the imagination, I suppose? If you think about it for more than a few seconds, you'll probably find yourself coming up with spiralling scenarios about what may be happening, but we're not going to do any of that here, to keep from infecting your mind like the Anti-Life Equation, but ask on our message board if you want to hear some pre-release theories. I've got one that probably isn't right, but we're still several weeks away from knowing for sure.

Fittingly, the Goliath suit looks right in line with the kind of thing we already know Hank Pym tends to design - remember, the Ant-Man suit in the first movie wasn't something new he'd made, it was a leftover from Hank's secret 1980s adventures. We've got the thick, padded panels stitched together, the heavy gloves and boots, and the metal harness around the chest that betrays a few hints of an insectoid design (especially with the circular ports on it calling to mind multiple eyes). Carrying over a trait from the comics, he has a belt buckle that's really a large G; cute touch!

I don't know enough about Bill Foster in the comics to say whether he ever shrank in addition to growing, but either way, the MCU version would still need the self-contained helmet to allow him to breathe. This has all the standard Pym touches, like the antennae over the ears or the cap over the nose and mouth, but having a single visor over the eyes instead of separate lenses is more the way things are being designed now. The chest and head are new molds, with the limbs coming from Ant-Man 2.

Goliath's original costume was dark blue and yellow, with a high disco collar and a cut-out to reveal his stomach (he was appearing in a circus sideshow at the time). Thankfully, this costume takes influence from his second look, which was blue and white - making him the perfect visual contrast to Ant-Man's red and black! The helmet and chest harness are silver, and the visor revealing the eyes is translucent blue, as well. It's very nice that when the Disney+ Lego Minifigures were revealed, you could tell who this design was supposed to be based on nothing more than the colorscheme and the "looks like Ant-Man" costume pattern.

The articulation is the normal assortment (ankles, knees, thighs, hips, waist, chest, wrists, elbows, biceps, shoulders, neck, and head), but the toy doesn't include any accessories. Not even extra hands! His right hand is a fist and his left is shaped to hold someting you might choose to give him, but that's all they'll ever be. I know Pym-related characters don't typically use weapons of any sort, but we couldn't have at least gotten an unmasked head for him? The only thing in the box is right arm of the Hydra-Stomper Build-A-Figure.

I'd have been happier to learn Goliath was going to be in What If...? Season 2 when he turned up in an episode, but that's how I feel about everything. Other than Gamora, who's a remnant of Season 1, keep it secret! But Hasbro's been struck by Marvel Studios' increasingly hectic and unpredictable schedule before, so we'll have to content ourselves with this spoiler just being a small one (no pun intended).

-- 11/23/23

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