Wednesday, September 22, 2021

What If...?: Episode 7


7. What If... Thor Were an Only Child?
In an alternate universe, Odin returns Loki to his frost giant parents, resulting in Thor growing up as a spoiled brat only child. While his exploits are mostly juvenile in nature as a party prince, he and his gang do leave entire planets in disarray after drinking and partying hard. Their latest venue is Midgard where he meets and is immediately smitten with Jane Foster. Worried about the planet’s safety, SHIELD, through Maria Hill as acting director, calls on the only power who can match the Asgardian Prince. Captain Marvel comes to the rescue and trades punches with the Thunder God but both seem evenly matched and end up in a stalemate. It doesn’t help that Carol seems to be gradually influenced by the levity and slowly shakes off her standoffish persona. In the absence of neutralizing force, Jane decides to call Frigga to discipline her son, which forces him to get his act together and clean up their mess. As he invites Jane to an official date, an army of Ultrons led by Vision land on the Mojave Desert with a sinister look on his face.


Now that is one legit party party episode. If this series will be giving us a good balance of deep and serious offerings like that Dr. Strange episode and tongue-in-cheek ones like Party Thor’s, then this show will never get old. Seeing Thor crack jokes and just be fun was already previewed in Ragnarok under Taika Waititi’s helm. That detour continues in this episode. It’s just so fun and irreverent that it feels more like a feeler episode to be honest, perhaps a good choice of fan fiction pitting Thor and Captain Marvel against each other. The plot does not really move forward until sinister Vision’s appearance in that Ultron garb which makes you want to ask, are all episodes going to intersect for the season finale? The mid-season teaser does give a glimpse of Party Thor and Dark Dr. Strange together. If that’s the case, then great! At least the show will have a cohesive culmination of sorts instead of remaining to be a collection of loose and incoherent fan fiction that have nothing to do with one another. And yeah, we miss Frigga. Love her here!


“More than battles won or lost, it's relationships that truly define a hero. The people who shape them, their stories.” –Uatu

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