Review: 'Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.' Explores the MCU's Sitcom Potential

by JC Alvarez

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday May 17, 2021

'Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.'
'Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.'  (Source:Marvel/Hulu)

If you've been reading Marvel Comics and have been a devout fan of the media giant's blockbuster motion pictures that have dominated at the box office, then you've probably heard of M.O.D,O.K. You also understand why this supervillain hasn't taken on the likes of the Avengers, not at the multiplex anyway. In the new Hulu original animated series, Marvel's "M.O.D.O.K." the big-leaguer with an even bigger head is taken down a notch or two and, while planning his conquest of the world, the megalomaniac has to save his marriage and win over his kids.

From producer Seth Green ("Robot Chicken"), this animated romp is not necessarily set in the cinematic universe of its contemporaries, but features many familiar faces — many of the Marvel Comics universe B-Listers or D-Listers.

If you're a fan of puppet animation, then this is exactly what you've been waiting for. M.O.D.O.K. stands for Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing; as the head (literally, he's a big head) of A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics), he's on the verge of supreme mastery, but he's got big problems.

After years of battling the likes of the invincible Iron Man and leading one of the world's most notorious high-tech terrorist organizations, M.O.D.O.K. has big issue — their funding in running low, and every time that Iron Man stops A.I.M. in its tracks, M.O.D.O.K's stock drops. That's when Austin, the CEO of GRUMBL, steps in. (GRUMBL is kind of like Google and Amazon, except that they do a whole lot bad things). Austin is happy to keep M.O.D.O.K. on board, since it's good for business, but the supervillain has got to make some adjustments.

When M.O.D.O.K. has to put in requisition after requisition in order to get his favorite ray gun out for a spin, and when he doesn't come clean at home, his wife decides she's had enough, and it's time for a divorce. Suddenly, M.O.D.O.K.'s world is falling apart — and just when he's on the verge of world domination.

Smart-aleck kids are a sitcom staple, and that's true here: Thanks to his brilliant daughter (who is a chip off of the old block), M.O.D.O.K. is able to win over some friends at the corporate level... that is until, he decides to launch an alien invasion. In an another episode, M.O.D.O.K. is kicked out of the inner circle of the high society to the supervillain elite, and in order to get back into the big league he hatches a scheme to steal a certain super-hero's iconic shield... only for things to go awry. It's all another day in the sitcom life of M.O.D.O.K.; what's a big bad to do?

Marvel's "M.O.D.O.K." is streaming on Hulu.

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".