Thank Gawd! Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the two talented scribes attached to Captain America 3, have debunked the MODOK rumors that’ve circulated the web for the past few months. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was one of the best, most genre-breaking flicks I’ve seen in a while, and I want nothing more than an equally awesome sequel with equally awesome villains. Which means NO MODOK!!!

Here’s what the writing duo had to say:

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Christopher Markus: 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 skies, 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.

Stephen McFeely: Exactly!

Christopher Markus: I’ll do it one day, I’m telling you people!

As long as MODOK, that flying fat face-in-a-chair, is omitted from Captain America 3, I’ll allow any villain. Even the inevitably cheesy return of Red Skull. I know that’ a pretty heinous statement, especially considering my frequent diatribes against Hugo Weaving’s version of the character, but any baddie is better than MODOK. He’s just so dumb! Like… giant head in a hovering Lazy Boy types of dumb!

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  • VirgilHawkins

    If they can make Arnim Zola, possibly the only villain who looks as ridiculous as MODOK, seem plausible in the MCU, i wouldn’t put it past them to find a way to bring an updated and sleek MODOK to the screen

  • Scott Anderson-Bailey

    Yeah, Marvel should stick with more realistic characters like Rocket Raccoon.

    • Unleash The Fanboy

      But Rocket Raccoon is in a goofy movie! MODOK would be in a pretty down to earth, political thriller movie. I just want some more villains along the lines of Winter Soldier

  • G√ľnter Perry

    The Red Skull hasn’t been truly realized onscreen, yet. Hugo Weaving’s interpretation was humorless (which might have been at the behest of the film’s director) and his villainy was bland. However, he remains one of the most visually arresting and memorable villains in Cap’s pulp rogues gallery, and it would be a shame not to let more skilled hands bring him back.

    MODOK is, for me, like many of the strange, interesting characters that really grabbed my attention when I first saw them in the early Marvel comics. He’s no more ridiculous than the idea that a Spiderman can swing above New York and not be immediately uncovered by NSA surveillance – along with other government agencies — as Peter Parker. Or that Magneto’s plan in the first X-Men movie was to turn everybody into a mutant, thereby abolishing prejudice(?). Or that Iron Man/Tony Stark waits half of his 3rd movie to summon his army of self-steering armored suits, and that the Extremis virus gives Pepper Potts super-acrobatic skills in the nick of time. Some fans are kidding themselves if they believe that The Hulk is a more reasonable flight of fantasy than MODOK.
    If handled correctly, Arnim Zola could be a truly frightening, iconic villain who resonates with modern fears of technology. He represents a full commitment to an idea that encompasses and accounts for its own outlandishness by embodying its perversity. The Falcon has tech that allows him to fly, but he removes it and acts like a regular guy – so that must be the “one degree” of suspension of disbelief that allows him to still traverse within the “grounded political arena” that Steve L feels has elevated the comic book movie. Frankly, the more ridiculous lie is more believable: a deformed being committed to technology for his survival is much more socially realistic than the physical acrobatics and defiance of gravity that the Falcon and Captain America perform. I think all of it is fun, as long as it is handled credibly – and, by credibly, I mean within the framework of a well-written story and acted out with commitment and eye for what truths are there to be discovered.
    The unusual has mystery, and the real world has many unusual characters. Who would have guessed thirty years ago that grown men would eventually get Batman tattoos – of their favorite Batman actor? Or that Anthony Weiner would reenact the same exact ridiculous behavior while running for mayor that lost him his seat in congress – or that he still could run for mayor at all? We have an Octo-Mom, and Disney child actors who explode into drug addicted nut jobs, and a “Duck Dynasty” that has captured the imaginations of millions. We’ve been sold on strange things in real life to the point where their strangeness has all but evaporated.

    A giant head in a chair that floats on principles of magnetism that have been aligned with automobile production — such an image is proposed in Steve L’s treatise above as being without merit as either allegory or science gone wrong, yet he’s talking about a hero who was cryogenically frozen by nature, and who has fought alongside a Norse God.

  • Cole

    Here me out here.. What about for one of the villains, like not the main baddie but one of them, have Nuke? (from Daredevil: Born Again) and who knows, then maybe he can show up in the netflix series too