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Avengers: Infinity War scribe wants villainous M.O.D.O.K on the big screen

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Jun 21, 2018

It's easy to get a big head when you're writing in the MCU. But actually getting a big head on the big screen? Well, that's another matter entirely.

Appearing on Kevin Smith and Marc Bernadin's Fat Man on Batman podcast, Avengers: Infinity War screenwriter Christopher Markus opens up about his ultimate cinematic dream: putting the villainous M.O.D.O.K. in an upcoming installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

That's easier said than done however as the Marvel baddie's unusually large noggin, while making him an especially evil adversary for the likes of Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D., presents some complications.

"I've wanted to put M.O.D.O.K. in, and it's very hard to go 'here's the supporting character, the giant head," the scribe said with a laugh. "And then we're going to get on with the story. We just came to him for information. Like you kind of have to design the whole movie around the guy with the giant head."

For the newbies out there, M.O.D.O.K. stands for Mental Organism Designed Only For Computing and first appeared in Marvel's Tales of Suspense #93-94 comic. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Kuato-like character was born after scientists with the terrorist organization Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM), used mutagenics on a technician named George Tarleton, transforming him into a big-headed, bizarre-looking, super intelligence who's so heavy he can't support his own weight and gets around on a hoverchair called the Doomsday Chair.

He also has incredible psionic powers such as telepathy and the ability to do complex mathematical calculations and probabilities like a computer that enable him to game out the future, cast illusions, and control people and groups with his mind.

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"I have love for M.O.D.O.K. and I still think properly done he'd be terrifying," adds Markus. "Like you look all the way down the hall and like this huge head comes around the corner and starts coming and... oh, it would be awesome."

Of course, there was a lot going on in Infinity War and all surrounding Thanos' genocidal plot to acquire the six Infinity Stones and disintegrate half of all life across the universe. While the end of the movie was a surprise downer, leaving just a handful of Avengers to somehow pick up the pieces and restore the order of things in the forthcoming Avengers 4, it's not known whether Thanos will be the only villain.

So an appearance by M.O.D.O.K. can't be totally ruled out, especially at the hands of this crafty screenwriting duo, who along with Infinity Wars and its untitled sequel, penned all three Captain America movies and also created TV's Agent Carter.

Avengers 4 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.