“Wanda,” “Simpsons” Inspired MCU’s M.O.D.O.K.


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While Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror is the main villain of “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and the character getting all the attention right now, the film also includes the introduction to the MCU of one of the most unusual Marvel characters – the giant floating head that is M.O.D.O.K.

The relatively recent full trailer for the film teased some glimpses of the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing who is a character from the Quantum Realm in the MCU’s incarnation.

For now though, there’s not a lot of information known about this version beyond rumors it is being played by actor Corey Stoll who portrayed Darren Cross/Yellowjacket in the first “Ant-Man” – leading to further speculation this is a new version of the Cross character.

Whilst that’s unconfirmed at this time, screenwriter Jeff Loveness spoke with SFX Magazine (via GamesRadar) recently and says the inclusion of M.O.D.O.K. is “maybe my single favorite thing that I got in the movie…. some of my favorite moments come from M.O.D.O.K. and the dynamics there.”

Loveness then spoke about the influences for the character in this version – pointing to the classic film comedy “A Fish Called Wanda” and a famed episode of “The Simpsons” that each sported a kind of character he drew from:

“I’ll just say he was inspired by Kevin Kline in ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ and Frank Grimes in an old ‘Simpsons’ episode – This really put-upon, selfish, entitled but then also deeply sad, insecure man who knows that he got a s— deal in life and is trying to make the best of it.

His ego will crumble the second he’s challenged but then also, like Kevin Kline in ‘A Fish Called Wanda,’ he’s pretty good at killing people! He’s a real loose cannon character, and I had a great amount of fun with him. That was almost day one in the room – we cracked M.O.D.O.K. as a character, and the movie just became so fun.”

That suggests M.O.D.O.K. will also ad some comic relief to the film, which is said to be more of an “Avengers” style movie than the last two and thus boasts a more serious tone overall.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” premieres in theaters on February 17th.



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