The writer of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, Jeff Loveness, has discussed the inspiration for the movie’s version on MODOK and what viewers can anticipate.The presence of MODOK in the first Phase 5 film from Marvel Studios is expected. It has been long-rumored that the character will appear in Ant-Man 3, and Marvel Studios’ presentation at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con made it official.With the help of a spoiler-filled Funko Pop! and a brief revelation in the Quantumania teaser, fans then got their first look at MODOK’s big-screen appearance.
The real question is how the MCU’s depiction of the big-headed villain will differ from that of the comics and television; and now, according to Jeff Loveness of Marvel Studios, fans have some fresh information about MODOK from Ant-Man 3.In an interview with SFX magazine, the author of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Jeff Loveness, provided fresh insight on the MCU’s MODOK and the “little bit of extra” he and Marvel Studios infused the antagonist with.
Loveness said that MODOK was “probably my single favourite item that I received in the movie” and even made the facetious threat that he would “get fired off The Kang Dynasty when people see it:”
“Obviously we are 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 favorite moments come from MODOK and the dynamics there.”
Loveness said that “A Fish Called Wanda and Frank Grimes in an old Simpsons episode” served as MODOK’s influences in Ant-Man 3.
“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 shit deal in life and is trying to make the best of it.”
What viewers already know about this MODOK is that Corey Stoll’s portrayal of the original Ant-Man villain Darren Cross is the enormous face hiding beneath the mask.
When Cross’ Yellowjacket outfit was broken during the climax of the 2015 movie, he uncontrollably shrank and vanished. It is unclear exactly how Quantumania plans to link Cross’ move from Yellowjacket to MODOK.
Loveness said, “he’s [MODOK] quite excellent at murdering people:” revealing more about the villain’s frail demeanour and that Kang isn’t the only threat in the threequel.
“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.”
Love had one last revelation to make. The main antagonist of Quantumania and the Multiverse Saga is Kang the Conqueror, however MODOK has been a part of the threequel since “nearly day one”:
“That was almost day one in the room – we cracked MODOK as a character and the movie just became so fun.”
Is MODOK from Ant-Man 3 already doomed?
The Simpsons’ Frank Grimes parallel hints that this iteration of the comic book villain likewise has a continual run of bad luck, even if Jeff Loveness withheld many details about Corey Stoll’s Darren Cross and how he’s dressed in the MODOK outfit. Maybe he’s also trying to remake his reality and make up for lost time. The most fascinating revelation may be that Loveness alludes to A Fish Called Wanda because, like every Ant-Man movie to date, the 1988 picture is a heist tale in which Kevin Kline’s petty character fails. Since Kline’s persona served as the basis for MODOK from Marvel Studios, it appears that his bad luck will simply persist in Quantumania. It will be intriguing to see if Loveness has different plans for the MCU’s MODOK and how comic book fans will respond to the villain’s on-screen introduction.
On Friday, February 17, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will hit cinemas.