Another day, another cruel tease from the makers of a Marvel movie.
This time around it's the turn of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, writers of both Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and its as yet un-subtitled sequel Captain America 3.
While speaking to SFX, the duo recently revealed that there's one particular villain they wanted to include in the last Captain America movie, but couldn't quite find a way to include. As Markus put it:
"There are people that I’m always wanting to bring in. I want to put MODOK into something, but you can’t just drop a giant floating head in! It’s not like “Oh, we have to go talk to this guy – there’s something I should tell you about him first…” [laughs]. Suddenly the whole movie needs to take on that structure in order to accommodate him. I never win that fight!"
Which makes it sound as though we've got about as much chance of seeing MODOK as we do of getting a genuinely female-led Marvel movie. Except for McFeely's response:
"But you will never rest."
Which means...there's hope! What's more, seeing as Captain America: The Winter Soldier managed to successfully incorporate both Batroc the Leaper and Arnim Zola's modern digitized incarnation, there's no particular reason we couldn't see MODOK in some form. He just...probably won't look like this:
Or, most likely, retain every detail of his back story. But, seeing as his origins lie in AIM, a terrorist organization already introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in Iron Man 3, he's already not too far off.
Other details of his comic-book past seem to fit naturally with the current development of the Captain America series:
MODOK's origins lie back in 1967, and in an AIM technician named George Tarleton, who created an artifact known as the Cosmic Cube (better known to MCU fans as the Tesseract). After the Cube's creation, Tarleton was transformed by AIM into the super intelligent MODOC (Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing), but grew ambitious, and seized control of the organization as MODOK (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing). Y'know, back in the days when that was how people named super-villains.
He first came to Cap's attention after kidnapping a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent - named Sharon Carter.
And then proceeded to remain one of his most persistent foes throughout the following decades - as well as becoming one of the most troublesome enemies to trouble Iron Man, Ms. Marvel and The Hulk, and a major part of the Marvel villainy firmament.
All of which would make him a natural villain for Captain America 3, if it wasn't for one thing:
His head. As in, his massively enlarged head - a byproduct of his transformation into MODOK.
Which is essentially Markus and McFeely's only problem with featuring the villain - he'd likely look pretty ridiculous on screen.
But, then again, that's what everyone said about Batroc the Leaper:
And Arnim Zola:
And the Captain America: The Winter Soldier team managed both of them without too much trouble...
Which means - what, exactly? Well, that we've got no real guarantee that we'll see MODOK in Captain America 3 - but that if Markus really doesn't ever rest, there's no real reason why we won't.
Especially as he's already appeared in pretty much every Marvel animated series and video game to date:
As well as starring as the featured villain in his very own Marvel LEGO Playset:
Unless, that is, they just really want to include a more sensible Cap villain. Like, say, Armadillo...
Because, y'know, that'll work on screen...
[Captain America 3](movie:994409) is currently set for release - unopposed - on May 6, 2016.
What do you guys think? Will we see MODOK in Captain America 3?