MODOK Confirmed for Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania will kick off Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige, at SDCC 2022, revealed that once Phase Four ends with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the Ant-Man threequel will open the doors to parallel dimensions introducing the next big baddie of the MCU, Kang. But, Kang won’t be the sole villain of the movie.

At the panel, it was confirmed that the character MODOK will make his live-action debut in Quantumania, confirming the early rumors.

At SDCC, the panel host asked Peyton Reed if he had shot footage for MODOK. Reed replied,

Reed: Yeah, we might have shot [for] MODOK!

Host: Okay, just wanted to confirm.

Reed: Confirmed!

MODOK was created by legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and made his first appearance in 1967’s Tales of Suspense #93. The character, George Tarleton, is featured as an Advanced Idea Mechanics employee who undergoes mutagenic experimentation to increase intelligence. However, the experiment leaves him with a disfigured and freakishly large head while the rest of his body is left stunned. The creature uses a floating char for transportation and his genius to create more such tools. He possesses telekinetic powers; most excitingly, he hates all kinds of metahumans.

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MODOK has been a target character for Marvel Studios for years now. When AIM was introduced in the 2013 film Iron Man 3, there were plans to rip off MODOK from Aldrich Killian’s AI mind. The character then was loaned out to Agents of SHIELD, who introduced him first as Anton Ivanov. However, before the character’s transformation into MODOK, Marvel retracted its rights. Then there were plans to introduce him in New Warriors, a project that never got picked up.

Eventually, MODOK was given his own Hulu series, set outside the MCU. Patton Oswalt was cast as MODOK in a ten-episode series that was canceled after the first season. It’s unlikely that Marvel will canonize the series into the MCU. There were plans to introduce the character in Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Peter Dinklage in the role, but he was written out in favor of Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce.

No actor has been confirmed for the role of MODOK in Quantumania. Still, the character would be integral for the planned future of MCU. Besides MODOK, Jonathan Majors’ Kang will be the film’s primary antagonist.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania to Become Multiverse’s Anchor

Marvel Studios’ SDCC 2022 panel gave us some flabbergasting updates, essentially revealing the most grandiose plans for the second leg of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Multiverse Saga. Kevin Feige took the stage at Hall H. He discarded the previous notions about Marvel skipping major updates for D23 this year and even gave a little glimpse at Phase Six. Per Feige’s plans for the franchise, Quantumania will kick off Phase Five, which will further lead to the consequential multiversal dangers to affect the entire saga.

Jonathan Majors’ Kang was introduced as the biggest threat to the multiverse in Loki Season 1. Once the ruthless variant of He Who Remains wreaks havoc upon the multiverse, the stories will eventually intertwine and lead to the big venture announced today, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. This time, the road to the next Avengers movie will begin with the enthralling experience through the quantum realm. Though it’s tiny in size, the scale of it will surely be massive.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania will release on February 17, 2023.