Marvel’s already had a pretty crazy year. What with Wanda Vision, and Falcon and Winter Soldier, not to mention Loki coming out in June. Which is why Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K went under the radar for many.
Created by Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt, M.O.D.O.K is a strange and quirky show that released all ten episodes on the Hulu streaming service. This adult stop motion animation explores the lighter side of the titular character (voiced by Oswalt) as he navigates the suburban life with his family.
His company (A.I.M) is failing, and so is his marriage. The season focuses on M.O.D.O.K trying to take back the reigns of both his supervillain life, and his personal life, in order to create a better world that he creates. Of course, by destroying the Avengers and the other meddling superheroes.
But who is M.O.D.O.K?
Comic book fans will instantly recognise the giant floating head from a multitude of comics. The character first came about back in 1967, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and introduced in Tales of Suspense #93-94. A former employee of A.I.M (Advanced Idea Mechanics), George Tarleton undergoes a number of mutagenic medical experimentation designed to greatly enhance his intelligence. While successful, the experiments resulted in him developing a freakishly large head and a stunted body. So, he floats around in a special chair. Renaming himself Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing or M.O.D.O.K he kills his creators and takes over A.I.M.
Over the years he becomes a recurring foe for Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and pretty much every a-list hero.
This is not the first time M.O.D.O.K has made his way to the screen. He’s appeared in the 1994 Iron Man, Super Hero Squad Show, The Avengers: Earth’s mightiest heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, multiple video games, and even in a couple of music tracks.
Oswalt and Blum are joined by the executive producers of Robot Chicken Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner, and John Harvatine IV, along with a slew of incredible voice actors including Aimee Garcia (Lucifer), Melissa Fulmero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Ben Schwartz (Sonic the hedgehog), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Beck Bennett (SNL), John Hamm, Nathan Fillion, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Hader and more.
The show expertly blends the weird with the weirder. Bringing you a sitcom about work and family, but with superheroes and villains. With R rated humour, this absurd show is a must watch for fans who have the stomach for it. Let’s be honest, it’s not for everyone. But it is fun as hell.
You can check out the trailer here:
And you can watch season 1 on Hulu. Sadly it’s not coming to Disney+ anytime soon.