The party came to Disney + with what would happen if …?, Already in a big way. The seventh chapter of the series is a full-blown parody of several of the productions of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it is also a hilarious mix of absurd humor, weird version of reality and a risky break from the original timeline.
The anthology, which until now had had touches of humor and some witty moments, abandons all limits and launches into a mocking speech. Marvel laughs at its own productions and some of its productions. It also does it with a quirky sense of satire that parodies to the best films of scandalous parties of the Hollywood of the eighties.
Welcome to the episode of what if …? which became a version of What Happened Yesterday?
What if … Thor was an only child of an opulent kingdom?
The first big news in chapter seven of What if…? it is the way of posing the story. Uatu, after summarizing the Thor movie, begins to relate the timeline. And in it something immediately becomes clear: heroes are defined by the bonds they develop.
The Watcher quickly narrates what has happened to Loki, who this time is not adopted by Odin, but given to his own. And again return to the plot of the original Thor movie, to make it clear that the god of thunder needs a counterweight. In fact, the character insists that “the link between the two is destined to change universes.”
Confirming one of the most popular fan versions of the Thor-starring franchise, the Asgardian prince is not the same without his brother. And in fact, from the first scenes the change in the personality and mood of Thor, a kind of extravagant teenager, is evident. The episode, direct parody of films like Project X by Nima Nourizadeh, opens a range of possibilities. Because this Thor without responsibilities and raised by another family completely different from the original is a different hero.
For the occasion, episode seven brings back the scene of Thor about Odin’s dream. Only without the tragic consequences, and undoubtedly prepared for the event, Odin’s family takes different paths. While Frigga is going to “spend the solstice” (the premiere of the episode on September 21 is no coincidence), Thor decides to take advantage of the absence of his parents.
What if … the universe was a perpetual party?
The episode focuses on reinventing Thor’s personality, and the entire plot of his arrival on Earth in the original timeline. This time it comes under the watchful eye of a silent Heimdall not to new mexico but to las vegas. The change is a twist that gave the scriptwriters the opportunity to fully exploit the tone of the chapter.
Thor, turned into the center of hilarious chaos, invades the earth in the company of perhaps the longest series of cameos in What If? Darcy Lewis, Howard the duck, a group of Skrulls and the Grand Master of Thor Ragnarok with his inseparable Topaz. On the other hand, Mantis, Talos, and a group of the original Ravagers crew go unnoticed in the crowd. In the absence of Star Lord T’Challa it is to be assumed that in this universe Peter Quill is part of the group. Everything has been seen in the great party that Thor carries out.
At one point, a brief glimpse of the Infinity Gauntlet (without the stones) can be seen, as well as Nebula (in her original appearance), Yondu’s crew, and Drax. Even Surtur comes to earth to celebrate causing all kinds of mess. As was inevitable Fandral, Volstagg, Hogun and Lady Sif accompany Thor on his partying journey. In a wink, Darcy can also be seen getting married in one of the typical Las Vegas chapels with Howard the duck.
All this multitude of characters are part of the great court of friends in full celebration with Thor. Nor is Skurge missing, the enforcer of Thor Ragnarok. and of course Korg, who are part of the perpetual party around the god of thunder. The use of cameos in chapter seven of What If…? it is perhaps the most chaotic, but also the best assembly of the anthology. In its most humorous version, what if …? reaches a central point of fun that amazes for its good work. And despite its lack of ambitions, the chapter achieves what it sets out to do: entertain.
What if Jane Foster and Thor knew each other differently
In the midst of all Thor’s outrages on Earth, there is also time for love. The romance between Jane Foster is one of the central points of the program and takes place in a completely different version from the original. This time, it is a parody version in which Jane must deal with her scientific discoveries and her attraction to Thor.. So much so that both get to get twin tattoos in the middle of what seems like a sidereal drunkenness.
Beyond their love story (taken to exaggerated and increasingly ridiculous levels), Thor and Jane have almost the same dynamic as in the movie. There is also time to analyze what could happen between an adult Jane and a semi-adolescent Thor. In fact, the chapter seems to confirm the fan theory of the age difference between the inhabitants of Asgard and Earth.
Loki raised with the ice giants
One of the most endearing moments of the episode is the arrival of Loki, incarnating his version of Jotun for the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is also a theory long debated by fans around the character and episode seven does not waste it. The recurring question if Loki’s behavior is towards Odin, seems to have been answered in the chapter of What would happen if …? For the occasion, Loki has the size and pure blue color of his race, in addition to wearing an ice crown as the prince of Jotunheim.
But it’s also clear that Marvel makes one idea clear: Across the universes, Thor and Loki go hand in hand. In an endearing scene, both characters exchange an affectionate gesture and Loki declares “to be the brother of different mothers” of Thor. There is a good variety of scenes in which the Loki Jotun makes it clear that he is freed from the burden of a traumatic childhood. And in fact it is a completely different creature.
Captain Marvel couldn’t do anything
After it becomes apparent that Thor and his entourage are unstoppable, SHIELD head Maria Hill momentarily calls out to Captain Marvel. The agency has a brief cameo with its main characters, which includes Nick Fury in the middle of an awkward situation. We can also see Coulson again and even Brock Rumlow. The hero arrives to face the god of thunder in an epic fight. In the long sequence, homage is paid to the scene from Endgame in which Thor invokes one of his weapons and brushes the character’s head. But without a doubt the battle of both is one of the highest moments of the chapter of What would happen if …?
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In fact, it is the great showdown between the two that carefully delineates the limits of adolescent Thor’s power. The two go from one side of the planet to the other in a bare-knuckle fight that will delight fans of Captain Marvel. There’s even time to rant about criticism of the character’s serious attitude. Thor goes so far as to say on several occasions that she is a “party pooper.”
What if… Thor’s grand finale to a perpetual party was something darker?
Almost to close the most optimistic chapter to date of What would happen if…? There is a surprise appearance that also ends up proving a theory of the fans. Ultron, with the body of vision and all the gems of infinity, appears in the last seconds of the episode. The sequence then confirms that the two remaining chapters will be interconnected and lead to a specific ending. The creation of the Multiverse Avengers.