MODOK finally made his MCU debut recently in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. However, this version is different from what we know from the comics since it is Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, who turned into a big head person when he was sent into Quantum Realm by Scott Lang in the first film.
However, the response to the character has been mixed ever since the film was released as some loved his weird and zany look while there are some who felt that he was too outrageous for their liking. Nevertheless, a lot of fans loved seeing Corey Stoll make his return to the MCU.
In an interview with Vital Thrills, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania writer Jeff Loveness shared his reaction to some of the negative reception on MODOK where he defended the film's portrayal of the character and proclaimed that he will never make him "serious."
"Uh… if I say yes, I promise you he will be even stupider. I refuse to listen to the fans on this. I will not make MODOK serious. As long as I’m alive, they’re not gonna get that serious adaptation that those four fans want. He’ll be a big dumb head. That’s all," he said.
Obviously, Loveness was joking in his response although there might be some truth to his defense, and not minding the negative response that the character has received from some fans. It is not surprising to hear that kind of response from him since he is the writer of the film.
At the end of the day, while the character's portrayal may not have worked for some fans, you can't deny that Marvel Studios took a big swing and we can applaud them for attempting to make the character work in the space of the MCU. It would be interesting whether they will explore this type of character in the future.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is currently showing in theaters. You can check more details about it here.