MARVEL’S M.O.D.O.K. ‘Inspired by Spider-Verse’ Says Jordan Blum
The WonderCon panel for Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. with Patton Oswalt, Ben Schwartz, Aimee Garcia, Jordan Blum, Melissa Fumero, and Jon Daly, happened today, Saturday, March 27th, 2021, at NOON PST. The panel’s still available for streaming at Comic-Con International’s YouTube channel in its entirety.
The show’s star Patton Oswalt promises that Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., which premieres, May 21st, 2021, is “so self-loathing and full of angst that it’s… funny” – which sounds perfect, but hey, that’s just MY mood lately (someone get this woman a chair).
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. Talks THE M.O.D.O.K.S
On the WonderCon panel, Oswalt (who co-created the show with Blum and voices M.O.D.O.K.) and the cast spoke about developing their roles in Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. In the series, Blum said, “[M.O.D.O.K.] aspires to be Dr. Doom,” and has long pursued the dream of conquering the world, which also means that he runs a well-oiled villainy organization (kind-of).
M.O.D.O.K. – which stands for “Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing” – aspires to pay his taxes on time, as well as his payroll on time… but he’s experienced years of setbacks and failures, running his evil organization into the ground.
And according to Garcia, M.O.D.O.K.’s wife isn’t there to make his midlife crisis easy for him, she teases that her character, Jodie Tarleton, M.O.D.O.K.’s wife, regularly questions his role as a superior supervillain.
Garcia says she loves the multicultural M.O.D.O.K. family and her character – who is a “normal mom” that’s fallen from grace – teasing that M.O.D.O.K. isn’t the only one going through a “midlife crisis” in the adult animated show.
“When you’re married to a supervillain, you’re morality has to be flexible,” and apparently that really comes out after Jordie gets some special attention from a celebrity-turned-superhero. A character statement to which Oswalt later adds, that [Jordie’s] journey is a “messier, more embarrassing, journey than M.O.D.O.K.’s.”
Fumero plays Melissa, 17, and she’s “the apple of M.O.D.O.K.’s eye,” according to the actress. “She really wants to make her parents proud.” Fumero adds that Melissa is interested in figure skating and villainy, with Blum adding that she’s “layered” and “angry.” An angry M.O.D.O.K. who figure skates? YES, PLEASE!
At the end of the panel, a fan asked Fumero which character Melissa should partner with on the show, and she answered with Gwenpool… ummm… YES!
Schwartz plays M.O.D.O.K.’s 12-year-old son, Lou, who’s created in a lab, and is different from the rest of the family. On the panel, Scwartz described Lou as the “oddball of the group,” and he’s “lethally comfortable with how geeky he is,” which confuses his father A LOT!
Excitingly, the talented voice actor, Schwartz (who is also Jewish), is playing a “really Jewish” character for the show, and he’s “really excited” about it. (Did he really say epic finale at a bar mitzvah?)
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. Talks Its Heroes
In the free WonderCon panel, Oswalt discussed the wonderful world of B, C, and D roll heroes and villains at Marvel Comics. And, apparently, we are going to be “shocked” about who is appearing in the upcoming series, Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.
It was announced that several big actors have joined the voice cast for Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., including Jon Hamm, who is starring as the show’s Iron Man and Nathan Fillion as Wonder Man.
During the panel, Hamm spent 30 seconds demonstrating “laser hand” articulation for those amazing animators at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (completely serious), so the actor is ready! The cast even spoke about the decision to use the stop-motion style for the show, which was inspired by Jack Kirby‘s colorful art style, oversize expression, and hand movements
Co-creator Blum added that the “built-in hand held quality” of stop-motion gives Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. a Kirby-quality, as well as being “inspired by [Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse].”
Are you excited? Will you be streaming Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. when it arrives on Hulu on May 21st? Let Marvel Blog know!