What If…? Season 1 Episode 7 Review: What If Thor Was The Worst?

What If…? episode seven doesn't focus on a character dying, unlike previous characters, but it is a perfect example of the theme of this show; all of our favorite heroes are on small change away from being terrible people. And in the case of this episode, one lost relationship for Thor has turned him into an unlikeable character that isn't fun and incredibly boring to watch.

What If...? Episode 7 Review: What If Thor Was The Worst?
Party Thor in Marvel Studios' WHAT IF…? exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

It seems that we manifested a new type of episode of What If…? that seems to hit all of the previous talking points about focusing on character instead of people just dying. However, Marvel has done something rather interesting here, and that is to show that they have very little faith in the character of one of its heroes, and this seems to be a running theme over the show. Apparently, our Marvel heroes are a very small change away from being terrible people. We saw this in episode 3, in episode 4, and again in this one. It seems that most of our heroes turn out to be pretty awful if you take just one small step away from their journey. There are moments in your life that define who you are, but they don't change the content of your character. In the case of this episode, losing his not-great relationship with Loki has turned Thor into an intergalactic frat boy with zero redeeming qualities aside from his ability to bring people together for a party. The Thor we met in the first movie needed to be humbled, but apparently, losing Loki means that Thor is just terrible now and not someone you want to watch for an entire episode.

Then there is how this What If…? episode treats its female characters and bow howdy do we need to talk about this. The thing that made Jane Foster interesting as a love interest is not only is she smart, but she's someone with a good head on her shoulders. She's smart and apparently worthy of picking up the hammer in the upcoming movie. This version of Jane Foster apparently needs Thor to hit on her a few times, see him do precisely nothing but party, and act like a dudebro, and with one flip of his golden locks, she apparently falls in love. Despite the evidence that Thor showing up could be a very bad thing for Earth, she ignores that because she spent a night partying with him, and thus she knows who he is. This is the equivalent of going to a keg party at a frat, watching a guy do ten keg stands while hitting on you, and waking up the next morning and deciding that that night debauchery is proof that he's a good person worthy of making goo-goo eyes at. It's insulting to a character that is worthy of Mjolnir.

What If...? Episode 7 Review: What If Thor Was The Worst?
Captain Marvel, Darcy, and Jane Foster in Marvel Studios' WHAT IF…? exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

In WandaVision, it was established that Darcy is an insane smart character, but this version apparently goes out to do some of the dumbest and most cliche things you can do on a Vegas bender. Maria Hill has apparently lost all sense of apathy and is giving orders that were called a "stupid ass" decision in a previous movie like it's no big deal. Then there's Captain Marvel, who is here to be a party pooper and giant buzzkill for Thor's party. He quite literally tells her that she should smile more and then spends half the episode not being able to put dudebro Thor through a wall. It apparently takes very little for her to forgive him because by the end of everything, dudebro Thor is so dreamy that we have to make sure he doesn't get in trouble. There apparently isn't a concern for anyone who has gotten hurt during these intergalactic frat parties, and they only seem to care about damage when it might lead to consequences. Captain Marvel and Thor are supposed to care about others at least a little, but apparently, it doesn't matter.

The What If…? motif is starting to ring incredibly hallow seven episodes in, and the idea that they are making a season two is something worth dreading. These seven episodes have been declining and getting more and more boring. There is absolutely room to explore a Thor that was an only child; that could have been interesting, but Marvel is just showing how little faith they have in their own heroes being ultimately good people. This episode also feels hugely out of place for the entire series. While this show has been leaning on the angst heavily since episode three, this one didn't like it should be in the same series. There doesn't appear to be anything cohesive going on here, nothing that brings everything together, aside from proving that the main timeline is the only one where our heroes aren't terrible people. We have three more episodes left, and at least some of them are going to be a crossover or a team-up or something, but a team-up of a bunch of characters we aren't invested in isn't going to work. Just ask DC and Justice League.

What If...? Season 1 Episode 7 "What If... Thor was An Only Child?"

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Review by Kaitlyn Booth

5.5/10
What If...? episode seven doesn't focus on a character dying, unlike previous characters, but it is a perfect example of the theme of this show; all of our favorite heroes are on small change away from being terrible people. And in the case of this episode, one lost relationship for Thor has turned him into an unlikeable character that isn't fun and incredibly boring to watch. 

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About Kaitlyn Booth

Kaitlyn is the Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. She loves movies, television, and comics. She's a member of the UFCA and the GALECA. Feminist. Writer. Nerd. Follow her on Twitter @katiesmovies and @safaiagem on Instagram.
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