Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will feature the MCU debut of the fan-favorite Marvel Comics villain M.O.D.O.K. Based on the recent trailer, it looks like Corey Stoll will be playing the role although it remains unknown if it is the Darren Cross variant that we saw from the first Ant-Man film.
Speaking with SFX Magazine (via GamesRadar), Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania writer Jeff Loveness shared some interesting details about the introduction of M.O.D.O.K. where he revealed that the character is actually inspired by an Oscar-winning role and a forgotten The Simpsons character.
"Obviously we are very faithful to the comics with the design and the look, but then there is a little bit of extra we put into him. Maybe I’ll get fired off The Kang Dynasty when people see it, but some of my favorite moments come from MODOK and the dynamics there," he explained.
"I’ll just say he was inspired by Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda and Frank Grimes in an old Simpsons episode – this really put-upon, selfish, entitled but then also deeply sad, insecure man who knows that he got a shit deal in life and is trying to make the best of it."
Despite the obscure inspiration for the character, Loveness also teased that he is also going to be a threat in the film, not just Kang the Conqueror.
The writer added, "His ego will crumble the second he’s challenged but then also like Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda, he’s pretty good at killing people. He’s a real loose cannon character and I had a great amount of fun with him."
It is pretty interesting to hear that the character has these unusual inspirations which tell us about his personality and how it may differ from our expectations based on what we know about him based on the comics. Either way, it is exciting to see how he'll play into the story of the film.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to release in theaters on February 17. You can check more details about it here.