Warning: spoilers ahead for episode 7 of What If…?.
For weeks, Marvel fans have been left sobbing over several heartbreaking episodes of What If…?, as the MCU’s greatest heroes suffer devastation after devastation.
Episode 7 of the Disney Plus series takes a more upbeat approach, imagining what the universe would have been like if Thor (Chris Hemsworth) had been an only child and become an unstoppable partyer.
Party Thor – who fans have dubbed ‘hilarious’ – doesn’t seem to have a care in the world, even when he meets Dr Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) during his latest shindig on Earth.
Thor’s love of a good party sees him cross paths with several familiar faces, including Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Captain Marvel (Alexandra Daniels) and even Howard the Duck (Seth Green).
After all of Thor’s fun and games, the episode’s ending features a flabbergasting cliffhanger that could spell disaster for the universe.
What if Thor were an only child?
The latest episode of What If…? imagines what would have happened if Odin hadn’t adopted Loki as his son, instead returning him to his family the Frost Giants.
Therefore, Thor grows up as an only child – a change that has a huge impact on his character.
Having Loki around as his brother resulted in Thor transforming into the hero that we saw him become in the MCU.
Without the God of Mischief’s presence in Asgard, Thor’s arrogance simply continues to grow, resulting in him becoming Party Thor and spending most of his time throwing huge raves across the galaxy.
Thor decides to throw a huge party on Midgard – aka Earth – where he believes Heimdall won’t be able to detect him, which is where he also meets Jane and Darcy for the first time.
As the heir to the throne of Asgard after his father Odin, is he still worthy of being a hero and a king?
Fans emotional over Thor and Loki’s brotherhood
As Loki wasn’t adopted by Odin in this version of events, some fans might have thought that Thor and Loki would be full-on enemies, given the historic feud between Asgard and Jotunheim.
However, it turns out they’re actually good friends, and, as Loki puts it, ‘brothers from another mother’.
Prince Loki of Jotunheim arrives in Las Vegas to join Thor’s party, towering over Thor and the other partygoers in his Frost Giant form.
Loki and Thor’s friendly and brotherly relationship in the episode bowled fans over, with many saying they loved how the pair have such a close connection in this version of events.
Thor feels full force of Captain Marvel
With Thor taking over Earth with his party-going antics, there’s only one thing for it – for S.H.I.E.L.D. to step in to rain on the parade.
While Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) initially tries to use Jane and Darcy to stop Thor in his tracks, she eventually decides to bring in someone with a bit more firepower – Captain Marvel.
When Thor and Captain Marvel go head-to-head, they appear to be pretty evenly matched, creating an epic showdown between the two godlike beings.
However, in the end, the one thing that does manage to stop Thor is extremely relatable, as his mother Frigga arrives in the nick of time, after being sought out by Jane.
Frigga’s arrival prompts Thor to clean up his act, enlisting the help of his party guests to clean up Earth to the best of their ability, including restoring landmarks such as Stonehenge.
What does ending cliffhanger mean?
After several devastating What If…? episodes, from Doctor Strange causing the destruction of the universe to the world being ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, this week’s instalment provided some very welcome light-hearted relief.
By the end of the episode, everything appears to be peachy keen, with Thor cleaning up his mess on Earth before asking Jane out on a date.
However, Marvel had to throw one more spanner in the works, as suddenly a group of robotic beings arrive to disturb Thor and Jane’s romantic moment.
As the robot drones walk towards Thor, their leader is revealed at the back.
The villain strongly resembles Ultron, the main difference being that they shockingly have the Infinity Stones attached to their chest.
But that’s not all, because as the helmet opens, Vision is revealed inside, his eyes blazing red as the Mind Stone beams from his forehead.
We can only imagine the destruction that Vision is capable of causing if he were to go down a villainous route.
With his eyes shining red, could there be a possibility that he’s being possessed or controlled in some way by another malevolent force?
What If…? is available to watch on Disney Plus with new episodes released on Wednesdays.