The renowned supervillain M.O.D.O.K will eventually be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Phase 5’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which releases on February 17, maybe as a sidekick of Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror.
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The Quantum Realm traps Ant-Man and his allies, and in the trailers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, M.O.D.O.K appears to be collaborating with Kang.
While during the events of Quantumania M.O.D.O.K’s aim may momentarily coincide with those of Kang the Conqueror, people familiar with the supervillain’s comic book roots should be aware that he is probably driven by self-interest in some fashion.
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Although M.O.D.O.K’s appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has drawn criticism, the general mood is one of anticipation because M.O.D.O.K is one of the most intriguing supervillains in Marvel Comics.
Who is M.O.D.O.K?
Now known as M.O.D.O.K, George Tarleton was a scientist who worked with Advanced Idea Mechanics.
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In an effort to sharpen his mental faculties, Tarleton experimented on himself. As a result, he severely disfigured his body and transformed into a giant head with cybernetic enhancements.
He then adopted the moniker M.O.D.O.K, which stands for Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing. Since then,M.O.D.O.K has risen through the villainous ranks to become one of Marvel’s most well-known adversaries, which makes his live-action debut in the MCU inevitable.
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In Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania, Corey Stoll plays M.O.D.O.K, changing the character’s comic book origin. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, M.O.D.O.K is not George Tarleton but rather Darren Cross, the evil Yellowjacket from the first Ant-Man film. M.O.D.O.K will undoubtedly hold a grudge towards Ant-Man because he was beaten by him by messing with his Yellowjacket outfit, given his new origin.
Scott Lang’s actions, according to the Quantumania trailers, did not result in Cross’s death; rather, they caused him to allegedly turn subatomic and get stuck in the Quantum Realm. The fact that M.O.D.O.K is seen escorting his master’s new guests around in the trailer clip definitely suggests that the former Yellowjacket gained employment with Kang.
Although it is unknown how Yellowjacket lived to become M.O.D.O.K in Quantumania, it is obvious from his look in the MCU that he has suffered physical damage as a result of his time in the Quantum Realm.
M.O.D.O.K’s new appearance has probably intensified his animosity for Scott Lang, possibly motivating Cross to team up with Kang the Conqueror in an effort to finally exact revenge on his longtime foe.
M.O.D.O.K is undoubtedly not a forgiving person, and if it helps him exact revenge on those who have mistreated him, he will join forces with just about anyone. It is quite doubtful that M.O.D.O.K will stick by Kang after that requirement has been met.
M.O.D.O.K will undoubtedly be a fascinating character to watch during the events in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, regardless of his true loyalty.