WHAT IF... THOR WAS AN ONLY CHILD?: Head Writer AC Bradley Says Episode 7 Is "Chock Full Of Cameos"
The title for Episode 7 has been revealed as "What If... Thor Was An Only Child," and head writer AC Bradley and director Bryan Andrews are teasing countless cameos - including more of Howard the Duck!
All fans have known about What If...? Episode 7 is that it centers around "Party Thor," which is vague enough to leave viewers curious about what could cause this fun variant. That answer has now been revealed with the title of the new episode, What If... Thor Was An Only Child?, and it looks like Loki was the party-crasher all along!
While speaking exclusively with EW, head writer AC Bradley explained why they are so excited to "let Thor throw a party" and detailed exactly what makes this version of the God of Thunder so different to the one we know. More excitingly, she also revealed that there will be a number of cameos in the episode, name-dropping one of them as Howard the Duck.
According to Bradley, Seth Green returned to voice Howard the Duck for What If... Thor Was An Only Child? after having so much fun with What If... T'challa Was A Star-Lord?
Check out the teaser trailer for tomorrow's episode, and scroll down for the comments from head writer AC Bradley.
"I love the Thor-Jane relationship, and we wanted to play around with that part of the love story without the framework of tragedy. The story took root from a love of '80s and '90s rom-com and party films. After so many serious episodes, what's the most fun we could possibly have? And the answer to that is: Let Thor throw a party.
Anyone who has siblings knows that that relationship affects us greatly growing up. So in the MCU, Thor grew up with Loki, literally the god of mischief, always running into trouble, so Thor became the good prince, the good son. Without his brother dragging him into trouble, Thor had to find it on his own, and so he grew up a bit differently — still our lovable hero, but his interests are less about becoming king of Asgard and more about becoming perhaps the party prince.
This episode is chock full of cameos. A lot of the lines are improvised by the actors. 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.
Seth Green came in to record as Howard the Duck. I was walking him through the episode like, 'It's really fun and zany, and it's kind of like a throwback to Can't Hardly Wait.' And the man very politely nodded and went, 'Yeah, I've seen it.' And it wasn't until the drive home that I was like, 'Oh frick, he was in it! I just pitched him his own movie.'"
What do you guys think of this development? Are you excited to see more of Howard the Duck, or are you more curious about who the new cameos could be? Be sure to share your thoughts in the usual spot!
Enter the multiverse of unlimited possibilities. Marvel Studios' first animated series, What If...?, starts streaming August 11 with new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+. “What If… ?” features fan-favorite characters, including Peggy Carter, T’Challa, Doctor Strange, Killmonger, Thor and more. The new series, directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer, features signature MCU action with a curious twist.
Marvel Studios' What If...? premieres new episodes each Wednesday, only on Disney+.