The Marvel Cinematic Universe is chock-full of great characters who have made the transition from the pages of the comics onto the silver screen – but with a company like Marvel, that’s been producing books for over 80 years, the stable of characters still to pull from is, understandably, quite sizable. The question is begged, then: who else from the pages may make the jump to the films?
If Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – co-writers of the wildly successful ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – had their way, one zany character, in particular, would be making the transition sooner rather than later. In speaking with Kevin Smith on a recent episode of his ‘Fatman on Batman’ podcast, the two responded to the question of which (if any) Marvel Comics characters that they would want to include in the MCU, if given the opportunity:
MARKUS: “There are characters who I love who I’m sure someone else will get a hold of and do great things with. We’ve never tried to put them in.”
McFEELY “But we get to put them in. Like we get to put Zola in two movies, ya know?”
MARKUS: “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. Like you kind of have to design the whole movie around the guy with the giant head. I have love for M.O.D.O.K. and I still think, properly done, he’d be terrifying. 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.”
M.O.D.O.K., for those unaware, is an acronym for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing and is a human who underwent mutagenic medical experimentation. Designed to substantially increase his intelligence (originally, the experimenters wanted M.O.D.O.C. to be a Mental Organism Designed Only for Computering), the procedure also caused his head to grow to freakishly large proportions, and he revolted against the experimenters, becoming a super-villain in the process. Although M.O.D.O.K. has been in Marvel Comics continuity since 1967, it’s a pretty “left-field” character to ever get to see in action in the MCU!