Marvel’s MODOK Trailer Puts A Family Sitcom Spin On The Supervillain Life
A mature and adult take on the superhero genre seems to be all the rage these days. Zack Snyder might have popularized the dark superhero story, and Kick-Ass did show a mature independent superhero story. But it was the more recent shows like The Boys, Titans, and Doom Patrol that really brought R-rated superhero adventures into the mainstream. And then came the mature animated shows starting with DC’s Harley Quinn. While so far it’s been DC dabbling in that mature arena, Marvel is now coming up on their left with Marvel’s MODOK official trailer. Let’s break down the new trailer, and all its hilarious goodness.
Marvel’s MODOK Official Trailer Looks Silly And Hilarious
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When thinking about coming up with an animated show that’s a little grown-up but also funny, the Marvel Comics character of M.O.D.O.K. isn’t what first comes to mind. And I’ll be honest, I didn’t really care too much about this show, until this official trailer. And that’s because a show like this is really hard to imagine on its own. This trailer does a great job of giving everyone a very clear expectation of what’s in store. Which looks like a lot of fun, and has completely sold me on the show itself.
The trailer begins with the origin story of M.O.D.O.K., and how his past bullying trauma, led him to become a supervillain. While initially, that looks like the premise of the show, it quickly becomes about a lot more. Marvel’s MODOK official trailer looks like it’s more a family sitcom featuring an odd supervillain than anything else. M.O.D.O.K. is all grown up and married with kids, but going through a turbulent divorce. How that’s affecting his everyday life as the head (pun intended) of a criminal empire, a father of two, and a generally unhinged person… is what the show is all about.
The Premise And Looks Of Marvel’s MODOK Adds To Its Atmosphere
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Marvel’s MODOK official trailer, like the show itself, is done entirely in stop motion animation. It’s an animation style made popular by Shaun The Sheep and Wallace & Gromit. The style is also used by the Emmy award-winning series Robot Chicken, whose head writer previously discussed those challenges on the Comic Years Podcast. This is Marvel’s first time experimenting with an animation style of this format.
It actually very much looks like the Robot Chicken animation as well. Robot Chicken styled their superheroes after toy versions of the classic costumes. Similarly, MODOK looks like the Marvel heroes featured are like toy versions of themselves. And given the number of heroes that appear in Marvel’s MODOK official trailer, there’s a lot of them to get excited about.
Marvel’s MODOK Official Trailer Is Pretty Great
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Marvel’s MODOK showcases some pretty great voice talent. The lead character is played by Patton Oswalt, which is sort of genius casting. The series also features regulars like Aimee Garcia, Ben Shwartz, and Melissa Fumero as M.O.D.O.K.’s family. Then there are the recurring characters such as Jon Hamm as Tony Stark / Iron Man. Whoopi Goldberg appears as a wrestler named Poundcakes and Bill Hader as The Leader. Another bit of interesting casting is Nathan Fillion as Wonder Man, who was also cast in the same role for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 before the scene didn’t make it. Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. looks like a lot of fun. The animation style allows them to play with the graphic nature of the content, with a lot of bloody violence. But done comedically, of course.
Marvel’s MODOK premieres on May 21 on Hulu.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.