The seventh episode of Marvel’s What If…? is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia. I’ll be discussing heavy spoilers so if you haven’t seen it or want to avoid spoilers, now’s your chance to stop reading.
Marvel’s What If…? features fan-favourite characters, including Peggy Carter, T’Challa, Doctor Strange, Killmonger, Thor and more. The new series, directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer and Brad Winderbaum as an executive producer, explores hypothetical stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It focuses on non-canonical stories like what happens if Peggy Carter became Captain Britain and if T’Challa/Black Panther was abducted by the Ravagers instead of Peter Quill/Star-Lord.
Courtesy of Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia, we were recently lucky enough to participate in a roundtable interview with Marvel’s What If…? Executive Producer Brad Winderbaum, Head Writer AC Bradley, and Director Bryan Andrews. You can check out that interview by heading over here.
Recently, we also interviewed Marvel’s What If…? Editors Graham Fisher and Joel Fisher, Animation Supervisor Stephan Franck, and Head of Visual Development and Character Design Ryan Meinerding. You can check out that interview by heading over here.
What If… No Loki?
In this universe, Odin never adopted Loki and raised him, which meant that Thor grew up as an only child.
Thor Goes To Party In Las Vegas, Even Howard The Duck Is There
At this point, we’ve probably seen and heard more of Seth Green’s Howard The Duck in the Marvel’s What If…? series than the entire MCU so far.
Heck, Howard even gets to drink and hang out with Darcy (Kat Dennings). It would be a ‘quack’ to see that in live-action.
And they even get… married?!!
Lots Of Cameos, Including Ayesha From Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
There are a lot of cameos from the MCU in this episode, but seeing one of the antagonists from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 AKA Ayesha (portrayed by Elizabeth Debicki in that movie) was unexpected.
This Version Of Loki Looks A Lot More Frost Giant-y
This version of Thor never grew up with Loki but it seems like they’re still somewhat brothers. They’re more like best friends and looks like they’re even closer than the actual brothers who grew up together in the MCU.
What’s interesting is that this version of Loki embraced his Frost Giant heritage and actually looks like a Frost Giant. This is his true and most genuine form.
It’s Thor Vs. Captain Marvel
This fight is funny. They punch each other across entire continents like old-timey slapstick cartoons.
Captain Marvel proves that she’s capable of even absorbing the Thunder energy unleashed by Mjolnir.
A Party Surtur
Remember Surtur from Thor Ragnarok, the one who actually unleashes said RAGNAROK?
Now he’s flirting with the Statue Of Liberty.
A Happy Ending… Not
Most of the previous episodes have always ended on a dark note or at least on a hopeful albeit still sombre one. This episode almost surprisingly ended with a happy ending (Thor taking Jane out on a date) before the final twist arrived.
A portal opens with Ultron and his Ultron bots coming through.
We can see that this Ultron has all the Infinity Stones but one last twist reveals that inside Ultron is a Vision with red eyes.
Could this be a variant Vision who is evil and has collected all the Infinity Stones?
Maybe it’s a version of Ultron who has absorbed Vision and collected all the Infinity Stones?
Still, it’s great to see that this design of Ultron is closer to the comics than the MCU version.
With this ending, perhaps we might finally see more serialized episodes that directly connect with each other in the last two episodes of Marvel’s What If…? Season 1. We already know that this episode’s version of Party Thor will somehow meet the evil Doctor Strange Supreme from earlier this season (see below).
That’s all for this week, folks. Until next week, Excelsior, true believers!