This review is spoiler-free.
Sorry that there was no review last week, I was away on holiday! But we are back with more What If… and are set to focus on Thor! So let’s get to it!
Over the past few weeks, the episodes have been getting darker and darker with so much death and despair worked into the storylines. While I have loved the fact they are not afraid to go dark, this week was a complete switch-up in terms of tone, as this episode was all about the comedy and having a lot of fun with the characters. To put it bluntly, this episode was bonkers! There were moments when the humour was genuinely laugh out loud funny and even some or the more subtle gags were really well worked into the story. From the cast to the writers, you just had a real sense that everyone involved had such a fun time working on this and I think that reflects in the overall quality of the episode.
In terms of the cast, the majority of the Thor cast reprise their roles, including Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Kat Dennings (Darcy) and Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif). We also had a large part of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast with minor roles for Taika Waititi (Korg) and Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster). In regards to the sound-alikes, Alexandra Daniels returns as Captain Marvel and Josette Eales makes her debut as Frigga – doing a great job in the process. Again, I love how they manage to get back so many of their live-action actors to play these roles, especially when it’s such a tonal shift as seen throughout this episode.
I spoke earlier about how the episodes have been dark in terms of tone and their stories, and I think that it is important that the show continues to switch between the different types, showing both the light and the dark. This will just help separate it from the live-action series and give the series its own identity without banking on the usual MCU tropes and formula.
What If… Thor Were an Only Child is full of great comedy, playful characters and a fun story. Amidst all of the darkness of the series over the past few weeks, this was a nice change of pace and is definitely a stand-out episode due to its uniqueness in comparison to the other episodes released so far.