Warning: spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania are ahead!Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania writer Jeff Loveness is determined to defend the MCU’s depiction of MODOK at all costs, refusing to listen to fan criticisms against the intentionally silly portrayal of the classic villain from the comics. Given a brand-new origin for the MCU, the Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing is revealed to be a twisted version of Darren Cross’ Yellowjacket (played by Corey Stoll). Having been transformed into MODOK after the first Ant-Man’s ending where Cross was violently sent down to the Quantum Realm, Loveness is making it clear that he will always defend the ridiculous villain (giant head and all).
In an interview with Vital Thrills, Loveness reveals he isn’t interested in hearing complaints about MODOK or arguments that the villain should have been made more serious. Doubling down, Loveness reveals he’ll always fight to keep MODOK silly and ridiculous if he ever comes back in the MCU:
“Uh… if I say yes, I promise you he will be even stupider. I refuse to listen to the fans on this. I will not make MODOK serious. As long as I’m alive, they’re not gonna get that serious adaptation that those four fans want. He’ll be a big dumb head. That’s all. I’m a big comics guy, I’m sure you are, too. We’re on the internet. People got opinions. Those motherf***ers are wrong.
I’m sorry, you want to do a serious take on MODOK? I played that “Avengers” game on PS5, good luck…I’ll take all the punches that they want, critiques, whatever, but MODOK? No, no, no, no. I’m very happy with what we did.”
According to Loveness, even if MODOK does return following his presumed demise in Quantumania, any variants of MODOK will still be just as ridiculous, if not more so.
MODOK’s Depiction Was Perfect For The MCU (But Did It Have To Happen?)
Although MODOK’s depiction in the MCU has been incredibly divisive, the more ridiculous portrayal does seem like the stronger way to go beyond a more serious version. Although comic readers are more accustomed to villains like MODOK, they’ve had years to do so since his first appearance in 1967. Even then, plenty of heroes in-universe have made jokes about MODOK and his massive head and little limbs.
Given the MCU’s more mainstream audience, it makes sense to lean into the comedy of MODOK while also grounding his origin in a pre-existing character. Darren Cross’ Yellowjacket was generally seen as a rather basic and boring villain in 2015’s Ant-Man. As such, transforming him into the incredibly silly MODOK was very smart, as it certainly made him a lot more memorable. However, one has to wonder how necessary bringing MODOK to the big screen really was, especially in this particular movie considering the risk of distracting too much from the true threat of Kang the Conqueror.
Perhaps Marvel and Hulu’s MODOK animated comedy series starring Patton Oswalt would have been enough for the screen before the show was ultimately canceled. However, the inherent ridiculousness of MODOK has come to the MCU regardless. To that end, Loveness is absolutely right that silly was the way to go over serious for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s villain and his massive floating head.
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Source: Vital Thrills