When the remaining heroes of the MCU suit up for Avengers 4, it’s safe to assume that they’ll be fighting Thanos again, since he, you know, won at the end of Infinity War. However, if there is another villain, there’s a greater-than-zero chance that it could be one of Marvel’s oddest baddies, because the film’s writers really want to put M.O.D.O.K. in a movie.
Screenwriting duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely appeared on Kevin Smith’s Fat-Man on Batman podcast earlier this month, and they discussed their desire to bring M.O.D.O.K. to the MCU and the difficulties in doing so, since he’s a gigantic floating head. Markus said they toyed with the idea of giving the villain a minor role in Infinity War but couldn’t figure out how to make it work.
“I’ve wanted to put M.O.D.O.K. in, and it’s very hard to go ‘here’s the supporting character the giant head.’ And then we’re going to get on with the story. We just came to him for information,” Markus explained. “Like, you kind of have to design the whole movie around the guy with the giant head.”
M.O.D.O.K., whose name is an acronym for “Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing,” made his debut in Marvel comics in the late ‘60s. The character was originally an average technician at the supervillain science company A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics), but he was horribly experimented on, becoming super-smart, gifted with psionic powers, and completely insane. It’s goofy in the great way that so many classic superhero characters are goofy, though translating M.O.D.O.K. to the screen might be tricky.
“I have love for M.O.D.O.K. and I still think properly done he’d be terrifying,” Markus continued. “Like, you look all the way down the hall and like this huge head comes around the corner and starts coming and…oh, it would be awesome.”
Don’t expect to see M.O.D.O.K. in Avengers 4, although that might be a fun little treat. Just know that there is support for a future M.O.D.O.K. appearance from some of the most influential people behind the MCU.