In episode 8 of What if... ? we see

The Watcher in his dimension, watching the events of the multiverse, when Ultron breaks into the said dimension.

I know that in the comics

some Watchers have already intervened in some situations, hence breaking the vow.

But I would like to know if there is a similar situation in the comics, where

Ultron (or someone else) breaking into his dimension and attacking him.

My question is : If a Watcher is attacked or if the place where he reside is threatened, can he intervene or is it breaking the vow? I want to know for the comics and in the episode 8 situation.

Assuming he didn't already break it with the current actions in the episode.

I might actually be misunderstanding the

dimension The Watcher is in. Being part of the vow somehow.

Sorry for all the spoilers blocks I didn't want to ruin anyone's episode.

EDIT : I rephrased my question. I tried to be vague not to spoil while still trying to convey my point but I guess I wasn't clear enough.

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    "Watchy-watchy, no touchy-touchy"
    – Valorum
    Sep 29 '21 at 19:33
  • In comics, there is not some external “Watcher Dimension” outside the MCU’s boundary; the main Watcher from the comics’ and the frequent narrator of the various comic What If series, Uatu the Watcher, simply had a base on the moon from which he watched earthly events. FWIW, as a plot point, the Dreaming Celestial scanned Uatu and determined he broke the “non-interference pact” more than 400 times, which was really just a symbol of how much Uatu cares for Earth and Earth’s heroes which are the constant source for his rule-breaking. Sep 29 '21 at 19:54
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    It's not clear what you're asking. "Would it be breaking the vow if The Watcher did something?" He does a fair few things in the episode itself, and it's intimated he's planning to do some more. Are you asking if this breaks the vow he took, in the show? Or are you asking if he takes a similar vow in the comics, and what constitutes a breach of that vow? Sep 29 '21 at 22:56
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    @PaulD.Waite Thanks, like I said in my edit after your comment "I tried to be vague not to spoil while still trying to convey my point but I guess I wasn't clear enough.", I hope the new question is clearer, I asked for a reopen. Sep 30 '21 at 9:30
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    @PhilippeB. To make the question even clearer, it would help if you added if you are asking about MCU only, or if you include other media, like comics. The rules might not be the same in different marvel universes. Sep 30 '21 at 9:41

In the comics, Uatu and his clan of Watchers are bound by a vow taken by the head of their clan, Uatu's father, Ikor.

Tales of Suspense #54
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In short, Watchers aren't forbidden to defend themselves but they are forbidden to interfere with the 'destinies' of other races.

Tales of Suspense #57
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Purely for the record, Uatu has broken this vow so many times in the comics that it's more like a vague guideline to him.

  • Thanks ! As a side note I believe that I saw at some point (in the comics I thing) a Watcher saying that if he did interfere he would lose his power or be punished in some sort, according to your last phrase this is me misremembering right ? Oct 1 '21 at 7:33
  • @PhilippeB - Uatu's backstory had changed a fair bit over the years and reboots. It wouldn't surprise me if they changed his raison d'etre a few times as well
    – Valorum
    Oct 1 '21 at 8:00
  • @PhillipeB. - on reflection that would probably be a good one to ask as a story identification question, e.g. "In which comic serial was Uatu told that if he broke his Watchers' vow, that he would lose his powers or be punished"
    – Valorum
    Nov 16 '21 at 15:47
  • Thanks for the advice, I might edit the question to match the format, I'm not used to this SE yet ! But wouldn't that be a bad question as a story identification if there was no answer ? Since I have no clue if the event you're mentioning happened or not. Nov 16 '21 at 15:52
  • @PhillipeB. - If you have a recollection of it, it's worth asking, I'd say. I'll leave it to your good judgement though
    – Valorum
    Nov 16 '21 at 20:31

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