Marvel MODOK Explained: Who Is the New Ant-Man 3 Villain?

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Marvel MODOK Explained: Who Is the New Ant-Man 3 Villain?

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One of the benefits of visiting San Diego Comic-Con is the opportunity to view trailers for forthcoming films before their general release.

One of the pleasures of attending the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con is watching trailers for forthcoming MCU films, and then posting morsels of information (and possibly some bragging) about what was seen on social media before the general public sees the trailer for themselves.

And so it will be with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania, the MCU film scheduled for release in February 2023. The whole Ant-Man family, including Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), battles Kang (Jonathan Majors) in the Quantum Realm.

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Then there are the items that have been verified by those in attendance, most notably the actor Bill Murray’s presence, but his identity and allegiances remain unknown.

Then there are the shocks, such as the introduction of the famous Marvel villain MODOK into the MCU and the film.


When Was M.O.D.O.K first appears in Marvel Comics?

MODOK Explained: Who Is the New Ant-Man 3 Villain?

The first appearance of MODOK (or M.O.D.O.K., which stands for Mental/Mobile/Mechanical Organism Designed Only for Killing) was in Tales of Suspense #94, published by Marvel Comics in October 1967.

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby co-created MODOK, who was initially a regular adversary for Captain America before meeting paths with other Marvel heroes throughout the span of 55 years in the comics. He began life as George Tarleton, a technician for Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M. ), his father’s arms-dealing company.

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The purpose of Tarleton’s mutagenic medical experiments was to increase his IQ. Tarleton grew a very huge and overdeveloped head and a stunted body, with a hoverchair serving as his only mode of transportation (‘big head’ – now you know who we’re talking about). Taking advantage of the situation, MODOK murders his creators and seizes control of A.I.M.

M.O.D.O.K Battel With Sub-Mariner, Doctor Doom, and Iron Man

MODOK Explained: Who Is the New Ant-Man 3 Villain?

MODOK is defeated by A.I.M. after defeating Namor the Sub-Mariner, Doctor Doom, and Iron Man, and now harbors an obsessive desire for revenge.

Naturally, MODOK releases a nerve toxin in New York City, creates a new biological agent known as Virus X, employs the Hulk villain the Abomination as an enforcer, and hacks into surveillance satellites over the following number of years as he attempts to reclaim control of his organization and world dominance.

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Oh, and he also created Ms. MODOK, his female equivalent, although she was short-lived. MODOK would soon resume his position as A.I.M.’s commander, and as a member of the Intelligencia, he was involved in the creation of Red Hulk and Red She-Hulk in the 2010 Incredible Hulk storyline “Fall of the Hulks.”

Following a sequence of events, MODOK reverted back to George Tarleton, who was brought into custody by the U.S. Military despite his alleged inability to recall his time as MODOK.


MODOK used to Create Anagonist for Next Generation

A brain cloned from the original MODOK was used to create the next generation of the antagonist, who called himself MODOK Superior. MODOK Superior possessed the same look, IQ level, and mental abilities as the original MODOK, but without its flaws.

MODOK Explained: Who Is the New Ant-Man 3 Villain?

In the pages of West Coast Avengers, MODOK Superior transformed into a handsome, long-haired man named BRODOK (Bio-Robotic Organism Designed Overwhelmingly for Kissing – you can’t make this stuff up) before his plan to turn the citizens of Los Angeles into a giant, mindless monsters was foiled, reverting him to his original appearance.

During the events of “Iron Man 2020,” MODOK Superior seized possession of Ultimo’s skull, transforming him into his ‘final’ form, Ulti-MODOK.

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MODOK is Used in Comics as well as Tv

Given his unusual look, MODOK is frequently employed as a comic foil in print and on television. In Nextwave, there were four Elvis Presley-inspired MODOKs whose primary assault consisted of firing cheeseburgers.

In children’s animation The Super Hero Squad Show and Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, MODOK (Tom Kenny) was frequently partnered with the Abomination (Steve Blum) as comedic relief (Charlie Adler). MODOK was granted the opportunity to star in his own adult-oriented satire of sitcoms in 2021 on Hulu’s Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., a stop-motion animated series voiced by the great Patton Oswalt.

The story centered on MODOK, who forced A.I.M. to declare bankruptcy and sell to the villainous firm GRUMBL. MODOK is forced to live with his shortcomings, manage his crazy family, and endure his midlife crisis.

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Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. was a critical success, a ridiculous and bizarre series that had no ties to the current MCU, allowing it unfettered creativity: Bugs Bunny-like violence (but with enormous bloodshed), an entire episode centered on 90s band Third Eye Blind, and Iron Man (Jon Hamm) saving the world while watching old episodes of The Great British Bake-Off, to name a few examples of the show’s oddities. Unfortunately, after one season Hulu terminated the show (but definitely worth catching if you can).


Once Again MODOK is Coming Back to Marvel (Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania)

This leads us to MODOK’s upcoming MCU appearance, which was announced at the Marvel presentation. Those fortunate enough to have seen the trailer report that MODOK is briefly glimpsed in a single scene, just long enough to presumably prove a significant departure from his comic book origins.

Based on these stories, the MCU MODOK is totally robotic, with a visual of a giant face on a screen, similar to Arnim Zola’s (Toby Jones) appearance on a computer screen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but the face is golden with flaming red eyes.

The enemy is identifiable, therefore the appearance does not deviate significantly from the comics. Obviously, it’s too early to tell if the MCU MODOK has any connection to George Tarleton’s backstory in the comics, but one might argue that the MCU version is closer to MODOK Superior, since Marvel Studios is adapting the origin of that version of the character for the big screen.

According to rumors, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania would “permanently alter the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” and it would not be shocking if MODOK played a significant role in this transformation.

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