This Wednesday, What If..? is going to mix it up by giving us a very different kind of episode. Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor to throw the party of his life. Head Writer AC Bradley tweeted that it’ll be less tragic than the Doctor Strange episode, but the first exclusive look provided by Entertainment Weekly gives us a very different story. She teases that the story is more “fun and silly” and takes inspiration from the “80s and even 90s rom-coms and party films,” which also explains the use of neon in all his promotional material. Even director Bryan Andrews teases the episode as a palate cleanser, which may tease a potentially darker future ahead as we enter the final episodes.
It looks like they’re also using this opportunity to throw in quite a few Easter eggs for long-time fans of the Marvel franchise. Many might remember when Loki famously included the Thanos-copter that many believed would never find its way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bradley highlights that we can expect a lot of cameos in the episode and even described it as follows:
It should be Easter egg heaven. I hope people have fun with the one this week because it’s not as bombastic world-ending as other episodes. The mandate for me when I was writing it was, I just want to have fun, I just want to be silly. It’s a lot sillier than anything you’d see in the MCU. It should be an episode to watch with a beer.AC Bradley
It’s one of the fun aspects of the franchise is that they can not only tell compelling stories within an expanding world but also pay tribute to the many silly concepts that came before it. She does give away that Howard the Duck will make his second appearance in the series, as she had a lot of fun recording the episode with Seth Green. It’ll be interesting to see just how crazy this episode is going to end up and if Thor might still learn a lesson by the end.
Source: Entertainment Weekly