MODOK has been revealed and appears for the first time in the final trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
The trailer was just released mere hours ago and it showed a lot more, which got fans excited. It gives us a clearer idea of who Kang the Conqueror is. And it shows that he could be just as dangerous as Thanos or even bigger. You also get to understand why Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang makes decisions that were pretty much the result of what happened in Avengers: Endgame.
But we’ve seen Ant-Man, Kang, Cassie and the other characters before. What people got excited about is the appearance of M.O.D.O.K.
In the comics, M.O.D.O.K. has a very large head, so large that it dwarfs everything else in his body. Because of his physical attributes, he can only move around with a hovering body suit. We’ve seen this before in the animated comedy Hulu series starring the character himself. Another recent incarnation is from the video game Marvel’s Avengers made by Crystal Dynamics.
MODOK Revealed In Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania Trailer
A couple of months ago, image leaks of M.O.D.O.K. from Funko Pop. While it retained the giant head and small limbs, the character looks basically like a robot. It disappointed many fans, thinking; this is not it. It’s a toy and it doesn’t represent what the movie version will be. Many wondered if the movie would actually portray the character just the way he is in the comics. So naturally, fans got worried.
The last Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder disappointed fans when we saw Gorr The Godbutcher barely even resembling his look from the comics. Instead of an intimidating alien with tentacles on his head, Gorr was just Christian Bale painted white. People even compared Gorr to looking like a very thin Uncle Fester from The Addams Family.
So, fans have a legitimate reason to worry. Many wondered if M.O.D.O.K. would just be a robot instead of being a giant human head.
The previous trailers didn’t show us any image of the character. They pretty much focused on the regular cast of the Ant-Man family and Kang The Conqueror.
The latest trailer gives us the first proper look at M.O.D.O.K.
There are three shots in the trailer where you can see him. Two of them are very easy to miss since MODOK was not the main focus of the scenes. But those two scenes do show his face. This resembles his look from the comics.
The third shot clearly shows him front and centre. But this time using a faceplate covering his face. This proves that the Funko Pop figure has MODOK’s faceplate on. We wonder if Funko will release a version without the faceplate.
Is MODOK Comic Accurate In The Ant-Man 3 Trailer?
Not a lot of people are impressed with how MODOK turned out in the trailers. Some are even saying that M.O.D.O.K. looks like Mr. Electric from The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, which was released back in 2005. This is not a fair comparison because Mr. Electric’s face was a walking TV set, the face is pretty much flat, while MODOK’s face is rendered in full 3D.
Personally, regardless of how good CGI is, a floating giant head will always look ridiculous. But that’s part of the appeal of using the comic book as a reference. I love that Marvel and director Payton Reed made sure that MODOK does look right. It’s not an easy look to pull off. To tell you the truth, I think the MCU version of MODOK looks a lot closer to the source than in Crystal Dynamics Marvel’s Avengers. Because of that, I applaud the people behind Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
But I would still reserve my full judgement for MODOK once I see the movie. At the moment, I’m just reacting to a few frames of film from the trailer. And possibly, these may be the worst or the best of it. It’s hard to tell for now.
Corey Stall plays the role. Stall previously portrayed Darren Cross, also known as the Yellow Jacket in the first Ant-Man film. I’m not sure if this version has any resemblance to George Tarleton (the original character from the comics), or if this is Darren Cross, transformed into a floating head because of the events from the first Ant-Man film.
What do you think of M.O.D.O.K.’s look in the MCU? Does it feel like they got it right? Or does the character look too weird to make it work for cinema?
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