Jeff Loveness, the writer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, has outlined the inspiration for MODOK in the upcoming Marvel film courtesy of a story from SFX Magazine (via GamesRadar). The Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, with an absurdly long name and appearance, will be played by Corey Stoll, who returns to the MCU for the first time since Ant-Man in 2015. Stoll played the film’s villain Darren Cross, otherwise known as the Yellowjacket.
Loveness described MODOK as “maybe my single favourite thing” to write for in the film, a creature with an enlarged cranium. The writer further added that to deliver the most authentic version of MODOK to audiences, they remained “very faithful to the comics with the design and the look, but then there is a little bit of extra we put into him. Maybe I’ll get fired off The Kang Dynasty when people see it, but some of my favourite moments come from MODOK and the dynamics there.”
MODOK “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 shit deal in life and is trying to make the best of it.”
“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 MODOK as a character and the movie just became so fun.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will serve as the first film in Phase 5 and arrive in cinemas on February 17, 2023, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Kathryn Newton, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Bill Murray, and Jonathan Majors.