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."
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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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