What if Thor were an only child?
Wow. Great premise. Right?
Seems simple on the surface, but The Watcher is in the details, as they say.
In this episode (and, yes, we’re getting pretty darned close to the end of Season One), Odin gives back baby Loki to the Frost Giants, thus avoiding centuries of warfare. Thor never has any kind of sibling to have rivalries with, so he grows up a very different kind of Thunder God. Thor’s mum, Frigga, dotes on him like all mums do, but also tries to be a stern task mistress, too. That doesn’t really work. Fast forward, Odin enters some sort of healing sleep, Frigga goes off for a weekend with her besties, and Thor is admonished to toe the line, study some stuff, and generally have a boring time.
Off to Midgard, evidently a place so backwater that even Heimdall doesn’t like to keep tabs on it.
The rest is party history.
What Happens In Vegas …
In contrast to some reviewer “party poopers” out there, (if you watch What If … Thor Was An Only Child, you’ll get it), this is a really fun episode. Considering how deep and dark the series got in the last two shows, we’ve all been jonesing for a little fun. Thor get to party in Vegas with hundreds of people that we met through all the MCU films. Because this is Marvel’s What If …? we get to see them in somewhat different light than we’re used to seeing them in.
- Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) becomes quite the party animal
- Darcy Lewis (Kat Demings) gets in touch with her inner, well … animal
- Loki shows up looking all big, buff and blue. This time around he’s really a Frost Giant! So much so that Thor fist bumps with his knuckle!
- The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) and Topaz (Rachel House) DJ the party (and there’s even a cameo by the Glow Stick of Death – don’t get too close!!).
- Korg (Taika Waititi) does a cannon ball into one of the big Vegas fountains (in the process knocking Nick Fury into tomorrow)
- Nebula (Karen Gillan) feeds her gambling addiction
- Even fiery Surtur (Clancy Brown) has a fling on The Strip with the Statue of Liberty.
There are way too many cameos to count: Lady Sif, Fandral, Volstagg, Hogun, Drax the Destroyer, Valkyrie, Ego (the Living Planet), Howard the Duck, Rocket, Ayesha (the Golden High Priestess of the Sovereign) … it’s like a rush hour crowd in Grand Central Station. And the bar is open to an amazingly galactic scale.
In short, everybody Wang Chung tonight (a reference that not everybody in the audience will get, of course, but it is what it is) …
That is …
… until Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) rains on everybody’s parade. She gets called in when Nick Fury exits stage right for the ER. Along with Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) and Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), she takes over investigating the so called “alien invasion.” Unable take back the high ground, she calls in the big guns – Captain Marvel.
Even before the arrival of Shield, this episode is an absolute cornucopia is Marvel’s cosmic characters, all in a 30-minute hermetically-sealed single serving container! With Captain Marvel in the mix, it’s all over but the metaphorical crying.
What transpires next is very much like Punch and Judy. There’s no telling who is Punch and who is Judy in this scenario, because Thor actually has longer hair than Captain Marvel. Does that make him Judy? I wouldn’t say so to his face, regardless of how inebriated he might be. Regardless, there is a lot of punching going on from the midpoint of this story until almost the end. Since both of the characters doing the punching are nigh invulnerable, this is really just all for fun and spectacle. The creators of this episode even went so far as to have labelled the names various countries or continents so that as either Thor or Marvel are punched waaaay high up, we can read the names in the background.
Again … fun!
With two episodes to go, it’s a sure bet that more heavy episodes are on the horizon. So think of Marvel’s What If … Thor Was An Only Child as kind of like an aperitif before moving on to the main course – something quite light, fluffy, and super tasty!
Watch out for the spoiler-free ending. It is a doozy and will likely inform some of, if not all of, what is left to come of Marvel’s What If …? You heard it here, but probably not here first. Right?
New episodes of Marvel’s What If …? debut each Wednesday on Disney+.
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