Captain America Writer Suggests MODOK as Sequel’s Villain

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When pondering what villains from the Marvel Comics library could be featured battling Steve Rogers in a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger, MODOK was most likely not someone – or something – that would have topped your list. According to Christopher Markus however, a co-writer on Joe Johnston’s Captain America origin movie, that’s the villain he wants to see in the sequel.

Better yet, he already has an idea for who could play MODOK in Captain America 2: Peter Dinklage.

MODOK, an acronym for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, is one of  Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s … more unique characters. MODOK made his debut back in the 60s and became a common foe for Captain America, also finding himself at odds with Hulk, Iron Man, and Namor, among other Avengers characters.

MODOK, in his current visual incarnation, is a tough sell. We can go as far as to call him laughable, actually. But his look aside, MODOK does have the right character elements and history to become a strong villain if done right and that’s how Markus sees it:

“I love MODOK and I think you could make a terrifying movie with MODOK but nobody seems to be on my side at the momentum… I will win you over to Peter Dinklage as MODOK. If he came around the corner and you saw him floating there you would be terrified. It would be amazing.”

“In this movie, the great thing is [the visual effects and makeup team] really pulled off the Red Skull. It doesn’t look like a mask. it looks like it’s fully integrated into his flesh. And I want to see what they can do with MODOK.”

Just imagine the possibilities:

In all seriousness, MODOK could absolutely work as a great villain – they’d just have to change up his design. In Marvel Comics history, MODOK began not as a killer but as one of many scientists working at the terrorist group known as A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics). He was selected by his boss to undergo experiments to turn him into an organic super computer in order to study and unlock the mysteries of the Cosmic Cube. See how it can tie into the movies so far?

The experiments enlarge his head and transform him into the weird being we now know him as, with psionic powers and genius intellect. He was given the code-named MODOC (Mobile Organism Designed Only for Computing) but quickly turned on his masters, killing them all, and changing his name to fit the part.

S.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t know much about this organization so they sent in Agent Sharon Carter (another connection for The First Avenger) who gets captured. Insert Captain America rescue mission which goes wrong, a little uprising in a submarine base, and a happy ending and you got yourself another Captain America movie. There’s a lot to draw from in the books so I hope more folks at Marvel give a little credence to Markus’ ideas on this one.

Captain America 2 will likely release in the summer of 2014. For now, look for Chris Evans as Steve Rogers once again in next year’s The Avengers, starring alongside Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard.


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Source: LA Times

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  1. I never liked comics because you have to read so many issues to fallow. I always found myself jealous of all the wierd characters in them. I always wanted them to be in movies. I think he should get the company to do a test. Film a scene with a mock of the character talking to a real person and then see if it’s creepy or not. I think it be nice and wierd like a Tim Burton movie.

  2. See now I have many problems with the whole MODOK villain idea 1) because A.I.M (the corporation MODOK is in league with) has never really been to big of a problem for Cap he’s always been about taking it to hydra. 2) because MODOK has always been more of an Iron man villain if any so I would rather see MODOK in an Iron man movie before I see him in anything else. and 3) he’s kinda a crappy villain I mean I always found him to be just a carnival type character rather than a weapon of mass destruction as the comics claim him to be

  3. Thank you for keeping us up to date I’m glad Jeremy is coming back. As for the bad guy he looks like He should to be on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Eeeks. Jeremy should really try to keep some faith in Josh Wheaton. His vision sometimes takes time but seems to come out with a wonderful storys Eg. fire fly/390 serenity Angel. the storey seems to still out on beauty and belast. We in Northern California have to root for Jeremy, he’s in Northern California boy.