‘Captain America 3’ writer wants MODOK in a flick. Doesn’t expect it to happen.


Is this news? Or nah? Probably not news. But it’s still fun to think about the potential odd-as-fuck-villains that Marvel may be able to get away with in future movies. Now that Guardians of the Galaxy has demonstrated that our Collective Pop Culture Psyche has been widened to the point of oddity. I mean — give us MODOK. We can handle it.

SFX recently asked Markus and his co-writer Stephen McFeely if there were any characters they were unable to work into Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Here’s Markus’s response.

I don’t know if there’s anybody that we had in the wings that we couldn’t pull off. 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!

Some fans may be surprised to hear MODOK being name-dropped here, since he’s a character who — for the very reasons Markus points out — would be challenging to fit into the MCU as it exists now.

But those fans just haven’t been paying attention. Because Markus is a man obsessed when it comes to MODOK. Here he is talking to Comic Book Movie last month about which villains he wanted to introduce in future Cap films.

That’s a little tricky because some of them are theoretically very good. Some of them have great concepts but are really tough to pull off visually. Like Flag-Smasher who wants to destroy nations, and that’s a terrorist and seems like a guy you could work with, but he literally has a cape and flies on flying skis, and then you’re like, ‘Ok, do we take away everything?’ and then he’s just a guy and we’re not fully portraying the character. They’re tricky to bring across. I always wanted to do MODOK., but it seems like we’re leaving our grounded political arena way behind when you’ve got a giant floating head on a rocket chair.