Marvel: who is MODOK, the other (very ugly) villain expected in Ant

The trailer ofAnt-Man and the Wasp 3: Quantumania revealed MODOK, one of the most ridiculous villains of Marvel. And it’s quite a challenge to adapt it.

In the new trailer forAnt Man 3another awful than the famous Kang the Conqueror appeared to us: MODOK, performed by Corey Stollalready present in the first Ant Man as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket. With his Jimmy Neutron head, his little arms and his baby legs, it’s hard to miss this character with an absurd look that Ant-Man will face (Paul Rudd), wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton).

In the comics, MODOK is one of the most famous villains in the Marvel Universe, whose destructive madness equals intelligence. His presence in the MCU was therefore greatly anticipated.even if its air Funko Pop pissed off since its creation attracts more laughter than dread.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania therefore has the heavy task of making the public accept this evil genius with a laughable appearance and a somewhat complicated story.

victim of modokery

MODOK is an exuberant character on paper, and therefore very complex to transcribe on the screen without becoming ridiculous. Imagined by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1967, the villain takes its name from the acronym Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing (Mental Organism Created Solely to Kill); or how to write on your (big) forehead that you are here to do evil.

Since its creation, the villain kept this same crazy design, with some variations depending on the tone of the story. For recent examples, let’s take the MODOK that has become a monster of psychopathy whose broad mouth resembles a giant shrunken head. It was in 2020 in the miniseries MODOK: Head Gameswith Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt scripting, and illustrated by Scott Hepburn.

In 2021, X-Menwith Gerry Duggan writing and Javier Pina drawing, made MODOK a scientist with a grimacing face and bloodshot eyes – a design more prevalent in modern Marvel comics.

marvel: comicsA sick mind in a murderer’s body

With this physical not easy, MODOK has always been mocked by superheroes, and readers. And over time, it finally served the character. He has become more egomaniacal, convinced of his superiority over others and of his need to dominate the world whole to prove it.

MODOK has managed to make a respected place for himself among the other Marvel antagonists (he belongs to the Intelligencia, a brotherhood of great evil spirits reinvented as a masculinist group in she hulk). The mad scientist has had almost every hero as an enemy of the House of Ideas. Captain America, Iron Man, the Fantastic 4 or even the X-Men have thus fought against the arrogant villain.

Even the organization that created and led him, AIM (present in Iron Man 3), was his opponent for a time. Tired of being constantly killed by their bosses, the AIM agents have indeed turned against MODOK.

marvel: comicsMODOK is the new Joker

modok is in the place

In 2021, Marvel’s MODOK made him the leader of an enterprise of world domination, in a stop motion comedy series written by two lovers of the character, Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt. The program unfortunately did not go beyond the first season, despite its original proposal.

After this failure, the MCU therefore returns with a new vision of the character to which Corey Stoll lends his features. At first glance, the MCU’s Megamind wears armor with a mask design that mimics his evil grin from the comics. But when we see his face-open appearance (at 57 seconds into the trailer), MODOK evokes more Mr Electric of the Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl than a killer scientist.

Marvel Studios took the risk of adapting the character as he is in the comics – unlike Arnim Zola transformed into a talking Minitel – for a result as respectful as it is hilarious. Will the design be revised by the release date?

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: PicturesA toy looks pretty naughty

corey stoll: the return

This is not Corey Stoll’s first villainous role in the MCU (a rare case). The actor previously portrayed Yellowjacket/Darren Cross in the first Ant Man, where he ended up reduced to the quantum world. His return, after we saw in the series Loki his XXL size helmet in a landscape of the Void (this place at the end of time), leaves a lot of mystery about what he may have been through since his last appearance.

The extreme transformation of her body should be a dramatic mainspring of the film (unless the promotion reveals everything before), in order to elicit more than laughter as soon as Corey Stoll’s large format head appears on screen.

Ant-Man: Corey Stoll, YellowjacketFirst attempt as a villain

MODOK will surely not be affiliated with AIM in Ant Man 3, but he should be in cahoots with Kang nonetheless. The latter was able to promise Big Brain a return to the ordinary world in exchange for his help. This would justify the role of the gangster embodied by Walton Goggins in Ant Man 2 whose unknown employer wanted to acquire technology from Hank Pym.

Note that in comics, Cross and MODOK are two separate characters. Marvel may therefore be leaving for a total reinterpretation of the two villains.

The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl: photo, George LopezThe end of Ant-Man 3

Marvel Studios’ adaptation of MODOK was long overdue and constitutes one of the expectations around Ant Man 3. After all this time and setup, we can only hope that MODOK is not just a second-rate villain, but returns for a sequel accompanied by AIM to take on the Ant-Man Family. Who knows, maybe the prowess of the movies Ant Man will be to be a coherent saga.

Marvel: who is MODOK, the other (very ugly) villain expected in Ant-Man 3?