What If…? Episode 7 recap: The party god is in the house

The Watcher (voiced by Jeffrey Wright) in Marvel Studios' WHAT IF...? exclusively on Disney+. © Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.
The Watcher (voiced by Jeffrey Wright) in Marvel Studios' WHAT IF...? exclusively on Disney+. © Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved. /

In What If…? Episode 7, an Asgardian god comes to Earth, but with very different intentions than one would expect. Will Earth survive his arrival? Finally, the Disney Plus show returns to a lighter and more fun tone! We’ve had a series of very heavy episodes filled with death and existential crises.

But What If…Thor Was an Only Child? is none of those things, which is a relief. Unlike the Thor we met in Thor (2011), about to become an Asgardian king, the Thor we meet in What If… Episode 7 is much different.

That’s what happens when you’re an only child left to your own devices instead of an older sibling to a trickster god. But why does Thor come to Earth in What If?

What If…? Episode 7 – Greetings, Earthlings

Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) have been on a scientific mission for a while now. An anomaly that arrives on planets nearby leaves them decimated. All signs point to Earth being the next target. The only problem is this: nobody believes Jane. While Darcy keeps an eye on the sky, Jane tries to warn everyone in What If…? Episode 7. But S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t interested.

Then, the anomaly arrives on Earth. In Las Vegas. And the anomaly wants to party?

Nothing that Jane has explored has ever prepared her for this. Thor, son of Odin, God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth), is here on Earth to have the most epic party. No invasion in sight.

And Jane’s got to admit; Thor is very easy on the eyes.

Though Thor thinks Jane is very tiny—not her fault that he’s huge—he takes an instant liking to her brain and her intense, dark eyes.

They start by arguing about science and magic. Thor is smitten by Jane’s genius but believes she knows magic. Jane has to explain that she’s a scientist. But after a while, neither seems to care who is right. How is Thor even on Earth? Well, like every other teenager in the universe, Thor couldn’t wait to get out of the house and party.

When Odin fell into the Odinsleep, Thor’s mother, Frigga (Josette Eales), decided to visit her sisters. Thor, now free of his parents, took the opportunity to travel to Earth, an inconsequential planet, for the party of a lifetime. Who can argue with that logic?

What If…? Episode 7 – Party like it’s 1999

Thor and Jane hit it off fabulously in What If…? Episode 7. Jane shows Thor the sights and sounds of Earth. They get gloriously drunk and get matching tattoos. Jane’s tattoo says “magic,” and Thor’s tattoo says “science.”

Meanwhile, Darcy becomes well-acquainted with Howard the Duck (Seth Green), who is not in this universe’s Collector’s collection. They have a wonderful night together and are married by an Elvis impersonator. But of course.

Thor’s party on Earth catches the attention of the who’s who of the galaxy. The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) is there with his trusted security chief, Topaz (Rachel House). There are Skrulls and the Sovereign. Korg (Taika Waititi) and Miek are having a grand time.

The Guardians of the Galaxy are invited, sans Peter Quill, who didn’t become Starlord in this universe either. Nebula, Mantis, Rocket Raccoon, Drax and Yondu (along with Yondu’s crew) are having the time of their lives. Even Surtur joins in, becoming enamored with the Statue of Liberty, before promptly breaking the statue.

Then the Frost Giants arrive. In this universe, when Odin found the Frost Giant baby on Jotunheim, he didn’t adopt the boy. Instead, Odin handed the baby back to the Jotun king, Laufey, and made peace between the realms.

But does that mean that the Frost Giants have become amiable? Hell yes. They wouldn’t miss this party for the world, as Loki, king of the Frost Giants reminds everyone a million times. After all, Loki is Thor’s brother from another mother. Is it weird that Loki and Thor are on better terms as an Asgardian and a Frost Giant than they were as actual brothers? I blame Odin. He was a terrible dad.

As great as this party is, the party-goers are making a mess of the planet. And S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t stand for it.

What If…? Episode 7 – Party pooper

After a raucous night, Jane wants some food and rest but Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), acting director of S.H.I.E.L.D. needs Jane for something else in What If…? Episode 7. Since Korg unceremoniously knocked out Nick Fury during the party (told you they were making a mess), Maria has had to take things into her own hands, primarily by calling for help from Captain Marvel.

Jane thinks it’s extreme, but then she would, considering she’s already fallen for Thor. She even accidentally ends a phone call with Thor by saying, “love you!” Not at all awkward, Jane. Captain Marvel takes the teenage god in hand. Or so she tries. Despite her ample strength, Thor is more than a match for her. After battling all over the planet, Captain Marvel must accept defeat.

Maria is incensed. She needs to do something fast. While Captain Marvel keeps Thor occupied, Maria explores the nuclear options—actual nukes. Brock Rumlow is excited. But Jane has another idea. What are naughty teenage boys afraid of? Their mothers finding out. Jane uses her data and equipment to call Heimdall and ends up on Asgard before being sent directly to Frigga.

Once Jane explains the situation to Frigga, the magical goddess decides to speak to her son directly. Using dark magic, Frigga contacts her now-terrified son on Earth. Thor swears that he’s on Earth to study it, not to party. He’s so convincing that Frigga decides to join him there. Thor is doomed. And the situation gets worse.

Captain Marvel, having inadvertently won against Thor, leaves him despite his pleas for help. None of the party-goers want to help clean up the mess either—when do they ever? It takes Thor conjuring thunder and lightning to convince them.

As Frigga travels to Earth via the Bifrost, everyone works overtime to clean up the planet. When Frigga arrives, she finds her son teaching his friends all about Earth’s ways. And Captain Marvel sweetly backs him up with some notes on Earth history. Aww.

Before Thor leaves the planet, he visits Jane in her RV, and they go on the first of what will likely be many dates. Right? Maybe not. The Watcher seems content with how things have developed in this universe, but he’s caught by surprise when there’s a new arrival on Earth.

Robots arrive. And these are a particular kind—these are Ultron’s robots. And they’re followed by Ultron himself, who wears the face of Vision. In this universe, the Avengers never stopped Ultron. He’s become stronger than ever, with a vibranium body. And, horror of horrors, Ultron has all the infinity stones!

Final Thoughts – What If…? Episode 7 was a delight. Another!

What If…? Episode 7 was so much fun. I love it, and I can’t wait to see it again. There were so many Easter eggs that I don’t think anybody’s caught them all, so rewatches are a must. Chris Hemsworth is in his element as the young, fun Thor. Give this man all the comedic roles.

I love the cute romance between Thor and Jane, which was way more believable here than it was in the first Thor film, which was a misstep in an otherwise great film. That ending, though! I didn’t see that coming. And it seems that neither did the Watcher? He’s been pretty aware of events so far, so if Ultron caught him by surprise, that’s bad news for the multiverse.

I know by now we should have an idea of where this show is going, but I’m having so much fun I don’t even care. Just show me all the crazy universes and alternate versions of my favorite characters every week. I’m living for it.

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What If…? is streaming on Disney Plus.