Wednesday, June 2, 2021

M.O.D.O.K - If This Be... M.O.D.O.K.!

While Marvel's Cinematic Universe has been a tremendous success, Marvel Comics' attempts at animation have fallen far short. With Marvel's various animated projects falling somewhere between middling and truly awful, with a few exceptions, DC has had a decided advantage in the animated space for the last three decades. Into that space comes Marvel's M.O.D.O.K, delivered on Hulu rather than Disney+ for the more adult nature of the stop-motion series centered around the bizarre character of the same name voiced here by Patton Oswalt. In the first episode we see M.O.D.O.K. nearly bankrupt his evil organization A.I.M. forcing him to sell out to large tech company GRUMBL. M.O.D.O.K also has trouble at home where his wife, now a successful mommy blogger, is looking for some space from her husband.

Despite the bizarre appearance of the giant-headed M.O.D.O.K. in his floating chair, the set-up to the show doesn't break much ground in it's sitcom set-up. M.O.D.O.K. is a self-obsessed asshole who has ruined both his personal and professional relationships and, based on what I've seen in the first three episodes, will attempt several awful plans in attempts to regain his standing both at work and at home. While it is better than some of Marvel's animated entries, and the stop motion does offer a different look, so far the show hasn't found anything particularly interesting to do with the character other than a couple of unexpected cameos by Fin Fang Foom and to allow Oswalt to rant against circumstances M.O.D.O.K. himself caused.

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