What If…? episode 7 largely focused on Party Thor having a major blowout on Earth; however, it also included a confusing MCU error with Korg.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for What If…? episode 7.
Though the Marvel Cinematic Universe primarily focused on Party Thor in Marvel’s What If…? episode 7, it also included an odd mistake with Korg. What If…? episode 7 shows what the MCU would be like if Thor (Chris Hemsworth) grew up as an only child. The episode features Thor escaping to Earth while his mother, Frigga (voiced by Josette Eales), is away. There, the God of Thunder throws the most epic party the MCU has ever seen. Aliens from all over the galaxy flock to Earth, but the party becomes so big it could threaten the planet. Because of the potential danger, SHIELD sends in Captain Marvel (Alexandra Daniels) to deal with the God of Thunder.
Given Thor’s expansive party, several MCU actors returned to reprise their roles. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) returned to the MCU, ultimately calling on Frigga to end Thor’s celebration. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) also returned, revealing he would become friends with Thor if he didn’t have to grow up in his shadow on Asgard. Additionally, numerous characters make brief appearances as party guests. Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Howard the Duck (Seth Green), and Korg (Taika Waititi) all appear.
Unfortunately, Marvel seems to make an oversight when it comes to one MCU character in particular. Taika Waititi’s Korg, a rock-like Kronan warrior, made his first appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, instantly becoming a fan-favorite character for his cheery, optimistic disposition and hilarious throwaway comments. While What If…? wisely brought the character back to be a party guest, the episode also seemed to neglect important details. In What If…?, Korg oddly has four fingers and a thumb on his hands, but Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame established that the character had only three fingers.
While the supposed Korg error seems small, it’s a bizarre oversight. Knowing its fans break down footage frame-by-frame, Marvel is all about details. And considering that animated shows require a lengthy amount of time to produce, the extra fingers on Korg, a notable Ragnarok character, should’ve been spotted. Additionally, the fact that Korg has three fingers and a thumb on his hands has made headlines before. Ragnarok director Taika Waititi previously called attention to the detail (via Twitter), saying he was unaware Korg had three fingers ahead of seeing an image from Endgame. Though Waititi didn’t notice it, Marvel clearly kept the details of Korg’s hands consistent through two different films.
Even if the change is intentional, it doesn’t make sense. Marvel has made several tweaks to its What If…? characters, but there’s always been a reason behind them. For instance, What If…? episode 7 changes Thor’s eyebrows, which were initially blonde when Thor met Jane Foster. However, Marvel boss Kevin Feige later lamented Hemsworth’s brow color in Thor, so subsequent films and What If…? make Thor’s eyebrows darker. But Korg doesn’t need extra digits in What If…?. Though he appears in the episode, his screentime is limited. He’s mainly there just to accidentally hurt Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) on his way to doing a cannonball, an activity that doesn’t require additional fingers. So when it comes to Marvel’s strangest change in What If…?, it’s Korg’s fingers, hands down.
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